Aid and comfort

Aid and comfort

: A blogger finds an al Jazeera cartoon (animated here) apparently inspired by Eason Jordan’s Davos comments.

: I should have added the words — “which an emailer believes was apparently inspired by…” Commenters are quite right to catch me on that. When I got email on this, I found the blog but no link to Al Jazeera and was, at first, qualifying the statement that this was on their site because I couldn’t find it (I keep forgetting to go to the .net vs. the .com). Once found, in its full context, I should have added that qualification. I thank the commenters for the editing.

  • http://oodja.blogspot.com oodja

    Not to quibble, Jeff, but if the cartoon had been inspired by the Eason Jordan comments, wouldn’t the cameraman have been killed by the Americans?
    Sometimes a Flash-animated cartoon about a journalist getting shot in a war zone is just a Flash-animated cartoon about a journalist getting shot in a war zone.
    (File this one under “it’s not always about us”!)

  • -asx-

    Is there any actual evidence that this was inspired by Jordan’s comments? Or are we just leaping to conclusions, now?
    The concept of the military shooting or bombing journalists is nothing new. It certainly didn’t start with Jordan’s remarks, although I do appreciate that it may be the first time anyone in the bubble of the right wing noise machine may have heard about it.
    If you want earlier examples, why don’t you examine the documentary movie about Arab media, Control Room. This documentary clearly makes the case that the military has targeted journalists, including 3 separate incidencts resulting in three deaths in the days before the occupation of Baghdad.
    For more, see: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0391024/
    Best,
    -asx-

  • http://mypetjawa.mu.nu Rusty Shackleford

    Jeff,
    Thanks for link.

  • -asx-

    Good point, oodja. I just watched the cartoon, and by gosh, you are right. This is really sloppy work on Jarvis’s part. This kind of sloppy thinking — jumping to conclusions and letting other people worry about the facts — does not speak well of his work.

  • -asx-

    From Roger Ebert’s review of Control Room:
    “The correspondents are saddened when three journalists are killed in Baghdad by U.S. strikes. We see one of them, working for Al Jazeera, sitting sadly behind sandbags on the roof of a building, looking like a man who has had his last meal. The network carefully informed American authorities of the location of their bureau, it’s noted, and American rockets struck that location not long after Rumsfeld and others complained about Al Jazeera’s coverage. An accident of war.”

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    You’re absolutely right. I should have qualified that and will. At first, I was qualifying whether this was actually on al jazeera’s site (I keep going to the .com vs. the .net, which are different) and when I found it and corrected that and put the link in, I should have made that qualification clear and didn’t. Thanks for the editing.

  • LT

    ASX
    While I can’t dispute the fact that journalists have been killed, as they have in most major, and minor, military confrontations, I will stand up for our guys and say that its not intentional, like you and Jordan suggest., However, it is a tragedy nonetheless. Do we really have to go through this whole thing again? Where’s the proof? Why didn’t he stand behind his claim? Evidence of INTENTIONAL targeting anywhere? I didn’t think so. And as for the comment that you posted, I believe they summed it up in the last sentence. “An accident of war.” I’m just curious, are you from the United States? I’m also gonna go out on a limb here and say that the film to which you give credit for this information may lean a little to the left. Written by Julia Bacha and Jehane Noujaim. Where are they from? Do you think that this film truly portrays an objective view? I’ve not seen it. Have you?
    LT

  • http://oodja.blogspot.com oodja

    Again, Jeff, kudos for being the kind of blogger who reads his comments and takes the time to respond to them. I may not always see eye to eye with you – but then again if I did there’d be no point in stopping by, would there now?

  • J. Peden

    I believe the cartoon was going to be Eason Jordan’s evidence.

  • http://www.buzzmachine.com Jeff Jarvis

    No, thank you, Oodja… I do appreciate the quibble.

  • Eileen

    For whatever it’s worth, Jeff, (apparently not much) I also provided the link in my comments below here, yesterday. I couldn’t find it at .com either (was unaware of .net) so simply provided the blog reference.
    Kudos to the emailer.

  • Eileen

    And Oodja, to me it is absolutely clear who was targeting whom, particularly from the opening frame. Then they show an imbedded journalist first filming with the GI’s, and then ‘bringing back’ one of his own – who was obviously hit in action on the other side.
    To suggest this isn’t directly related to Eason Jordan’s remarks is wishful thinking. Are you aware of anyone Else who has claimed the U.S. military specifically targeted journalists for death in the last few weeks? Why else show a U.S. soldier training a weapon at the head of a journalist at point blank range? Al Jazeera wasted no time in capitalizing; there will be much more.
    MSM’s aid to the enemy is beyond stunning. Release the tape.

  • Eileen

    P.S. Oodja, My ‘take’ is otherwise confirmed as follows. The reporter was Clearly shot by the Americans because the only shooting being done was by the U.S. military. Notice there WAS no fire coming from the other side. This cartoon is Eason speak: Americans intentionally off reporters (at point blank range to make the point) where there’s no question regarding mistake, collateral damage, friendly fire, etc. This was ‘apparently’ the Jordan message at Davos – as noted in my earlier quote from a Tunisian reporter who was there – who stated EJ said the U.S. specifically targeted Al Jazeera reporters for death as well.
    Imagine how else the EJ message will be trumpeted and maximized throughout the ME, quietly in mosques and etc. “Their own media leader admits the U.S. targets and murders innocent American and Al Jazeera journalists!”
    I still don’t hear anyone other than two Senators, guest bloggers and Scarborough – on television, at least – calling for the tape’s release. But this one won’t be put to rest until it’s fully aired. Next step, blogger petitions to ensure it happens. They are already in the works.

  • Eileen

    One last note.
    As Jeff and Oodja pat each other on the back for ‘getting it’ – the Al Jazeera cartoon, that is – is it because they want to diminish it, or is it because they don’t Really want to believe that MSM’s global comments could actually hurt us/the U.S.? My God/Allah…. Trust me, our Arab enemies got it loud and clear in Davos! Obviously. Remember the looonnnggg history and ‘special relationship’ between CNN and Al Jazeera? Anyone in MSM want to fully investigate that one for the Facts and record?
    I’m sorry but you know what, we’re at war and our own leftist MSM moguls are doing their very Damndest to off the rest of us – a non-social-istic democracy (!) – in the process. They are intent on achieving their aims via mongering on a global scale. And where will They end up happily being if they succeed? And where will the Rest of us end up being if they succeed?
    Over my dead body, MSM. Find another way to make your dirty bucks. My own country’s media is doing its best to help my enemy see me dead. What could be worse than that? A little smut legislation control ain’t it.