MediaSlander.com Goes Active, Challenges Foley's Easonizing, Other Attacks on U.S. Military
Newspaper Guild's Linda Foley really stuck her foot in it May 13 at the National Conference for Media Reform gathering in St. Louis when she repeated former CNN executive Eason Jordan's assertion about the U.S. military killing journalists in Iraq. Here's the key section of Foley's statement, which came during a panel discussion:
"Journalists, by the way, are not just being targeted verbally or, ah, politically. They are also being targeted for real, um, in places like Iraq. What outrages me as a representative of journalists is that there's not more outrage about the number, and the brutality and the cavalier nature of the US military toward the killing of journalists in Iraq. I think it's just a scandal."
"They target and kill journalists from other other countries, particularly Arab countries like Al Jazeera, for example. They actually target them and blow up their studios with impunity."
In the uproar that predictably followed Foley's statement, she declined to respond to requests for interviews or to provide documentation. The Communications Workers of America, which is the Newspaper Guild's parent union, also declined to address the substance of Foley's assertion or provide any backup.
In what may well be the most significant outcome from the Foley flap, though, the good folks who put togetherEasongate.com have now reconvened at www.mediaslander.com and will be tracking all sorts of stuff in addition to the Foley fall-out.
The MediaSlander.com teams pledges they "will not cease operations with resolution of this particular controversy. We will remain active to confront any slanderous reporting and/or statements made defaming the honor of the men and women who constitute the US Military."
Sounds good to me. I've added the new blog to my blogroll and I hope you do the same.
You should also check out this column in E&P by the Chicago Sun-Times' Thomas Lipscomb, who has been virtually alone in the MSM in covering Foley's remarks and the aftermath. Lipscomb wonders:
"Foley had the advantage of seeing what happened to Jordan and, as the head of a powerful union of 35,000 journalists and media workers, she knew anything she said about targeting journalists would likely be scrutinized. So one would expect that she has a pretty solid case for her revival of the discredited Jordan charges? But one would be wrong. Her spokesperson, Candice Johnson, told me Foley can provide 'no evidence' to support her charges either."
Lipscomb wonders why the MSM has thus far ignored the Foley flap:
"Sherlock Holmes’s key clue to who stole the racehorse in “Silver Blaze” was a dog in the stall that didn’t bark. And something equally odd happened on the way to the Foley firestorm: To date, not a single pundit, editorial writer, or newspaper ran anything, with the exception of the Chicago Sun-Times story I wrote, a St. Paul Pioneer Press column by Mark Yost, and a Washington Times column item."