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Monday, March 07, 2005

So does Eason Jordan get his job back?
Posted by Jill | 7:00 AM

CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan was forced out of his job for what some recalled as allegations that U.S. soldiers were deliberately targeting journalists in Iraq, and others recalled as disputing the notion that journalists being killed weren't simply "collateral damage."

Now, Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena who survived an ambush on the car in which she was traveling after her release by Iraqi kidnappers, is not making U.S. brass happy by saying she may have been intentionally targeted.

"The fact that the Americans don't want negotiations to free the hostages is known," Ms. Sgrena said in a telephone interview with Sky TG24 television. "The fact that they do everything to prevent the adoption of this practice to save the lives of people held hostages, everybody knows that. So I don't see why I should rule out that I could have been the target."


The American military said the car carrying Ms. Sgrena and the Italian agents was speeding to the airport as it approached a checkpoint. Soldiers shot into the engine block after trying to warn the driver to stop by "by hand-and-arm signals, flashing white lights, and firing warning shots in front of the car," a statement said.

But Ms. Sgrena refuted that account, telling the Italian television channel La 7, "There was no bright light, no signal." She added that the car was traveling at "regular speed."

Now the same righty bloggers who clamored for Jordan's removal from his job will no doubt claim that Ms. Sgrena, who works for a left-wing publication, has an axe to grind against Americans. However, THIS is why it's important that one be able to believe what our leaders tell us. None of us wants to believe that American soldiers were commanded to assassinate a journalist from another country who might publish things embarrassing, or worse, to the U.S. However, since this Administration has a proven track record of lying to us about Iraq, it's hard to have any faith in their accounts now.
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