I still have not figured out why the Republican Party allows its candidates to attend “debates” wherein openly biased members of the MSM spend two hours firing loaded questions at them or trying to goad them into gutting each other over silly nonsense. Still, we’ve had 14 debates and save for one (the Heritage/AEI debate), each of them has done little more than plump up the opposition research folders for Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.
Now, it seems, some of the candidates are going to walk into a debate that couldn’t be more clearly marked as a trap if it had a big neon sign hanging over it with flashing arrows and air horns. For this debate, hosted by the conservative news outlet Newsmax and televised by the ION cable network, we will get famed attention whore Donald Trump as our moderator and former CNN news exec Eason Jordan as Executive Producer.
You remember Eason Jordan, don’t you? No? Well, let Michelle Malkin remind you.
Former CNN head Eason Jordan is the disgraced journalist who admitted in a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece titled “The News We Kept to Ourselves” that he deliberately and intentionally whitewashed Saddam Hussein’s atrocities and regurgitated Hussein propaganda for a decade in exchange for access. Let me underscore that: In 2003, after the U.S.-led Coalition invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, Jordan confessed that CNN had deliberately reported Baathist propaganda during the Saddam era because it was more urgent to keep their Baghdad bureaus than to tell the truth about that brutal regime.
Former CNN head Eason Jordan is the disgraced journalist who suggested our U.S. troops were wantonly targeting journalists for murder at the 2005 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Here’s a refresher on the scandal and a reminder that, as reported on this blog, none other than Democrat Rep. Barney Frank, liberal political commentator David Gergen, and former Democrat Sen. Chris Dodd all confirmed/condemned the slander. He resigned from CNN in February 2005 as a result of the blowback.
I spent a lot of time on Easongate in 2005. It was a scandal that should have rocked the world of major media, the sort of story that would have dominated the headlines if Jordan has been the head of Fox News. Instead, most news services ignored it. Those that did report on the story did so as a “he said/he said” issue else they castigated the blogger who originally reported Jordan’s slander. In the end, Jordan resigned, and we got the very best look at how the MSM protects its own no matter what heinous things they may say or do.
And now the GOP is going to let Jordan produce on of its debate. In what world does that make a lick of sense? Newsmax ought to know better, and if it doesn’t drop Jordan from the production, we ought to shame it then shun it. That goes for the candidates as well. I know that a couple of the candidates, Newt Gingrich for one, have already agreed to do the debate. They should pull out of it and name Jordan as a prime reason for doing so. I would be very disappointed in Gingrich if he stayed in once he learned that Jordan was involved. The man is not fit to work on any respectable news event, as a reporter, a producer, or even a janitor. He cozens tyrants and hates our soldiers.
Is that too strong? Too bad. That is his history and he’s given us no reason to believe he’s changed one whit. I’m tired of the right’s insistence that we treat the MSM like they have our best interest at heart. They don’t. They are four square on the side of the progressives who have nearly destroyed our economy and we owe them no deference at all. We conservatives made Eason Jordan an example once. It’s time we did it again.