The good news is that current newsmakers Eason Jordan, Howard Dean, and Condi Rice have virtually nothing in common. Jordan, the CNN news executive who slandered the U.S. military without a shred of evidence to back his claims, should be out of a job. Dean, the heir-apparent to chair the Democratic National Committee, shouldn?t even be considered for that job. And Rice, out barnstorming with the president?s foreign-policy message, should already be lauded for the brilliant job she?s doing as our new secretary of State.
Let?s begin with worst of the lot and work our way to the best.
Jack Kelley, in his column in the Toledo Blade, outlines L?Affaire Jordan very neatly:
Mr. Jordan told a panel that the US military had killed a dozen journalists in Iraq, and that they had been deliberately targeted. When challenged, Mr. Jordan could provide no evidence to support the charge, and subsequently lied about having made it, though the record shows he had made a similar charge a few months before, and also earlier had falsely accused the Israeli military of targeting journalists.
If the story is correct, CNN should have already fired Jordan. If the story is not true, Jordan or CNN must provide the counter-evidence.
This episode is worse than Rathergate. Dan Rather, Mary Mapes, and others at the CBS Evening News are biased liberal journalists. But I have no reason to believe that Rather is unpatriotic. And yet, Rather & Co. were dismissed. The fact that Jordan still has a job says very bad things about CNN.
Moving from worst to pretty bad, we have the probability that Howard Dean will chair the DNC. Liberal columnist Jonathan Chait calls this ?a suicidal selection,? writing that Dean would be a disastrous manager. As the leading anti-war candidate in the Democratic presidential horserace, Dean initially raised an impressive $50 million. Then, after losing the Iowa caucuses to Sen. John Kerry, he went virtually broke as his campaign imploded.
But let me add a more simple reason why Dean should never chair the DNC: He is not from the South and has no pull in the South.
In their White House bids, Al Gore and John Kerry were destroyed in the pro-military, anti-tax, culturally conservative South. Not merely the Deep South, but the border states as well. Meanwhile, Democratic senators, House members, and governors have been crushed in a series of Republican landslides in the Southern states.