Saturday, February 12, 2005

...but don't expect to see the tape!

Jim Geraghty at TKS has been all over the Eason Jordan story and has a good round-up here.

Mr. Geraghty posts a question from Sisyphus asking why Jordan didn't simply ask for the tape of his comments to be released, on the theory that"there was always a chance that the public reaction would be, "oh, it's not bad as I thought it would be.", and then answers it:
UPDATE: Well, that didn't take long. William Boykin, on the discussion board of Jay Rosen's blog: "Eason Jordan has just been tire-necklaced by a bloodthirsty group of utopian, bible-thumping knuckledraggers that believe themselves to be bloggers but are really just a streetgang. Time Warner/CNN is spineless if not completely corrupted by its shareholders' thirst for petro-dollars. It is now clear that all pretenses to journalistic 'objectivity' benefit the torturing, gulag-building blood-cult known Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld's Republican Party."
The reason the tape hasn't been released, and is unlikely to be released, is that it would threaten Mr. Jordan's status as a Martyr of the Left. Without the tape, Jordan is a victim of the VRWC and its latest weapon the blogosphere. If the tape is released, and Mr. Jordan's comments are as reported he loses his martyrdom. Instead, he'd be just another Euro-wannabe, another America-hating American currying favor from the international elite and the enemies of his country by defaming those brave enough to fight for it. With the tape released, Mr. Jordan is a Dixie Chick.