Ed Driscoll

Fitzgerald Never Met Eason Jordan

Before the crack-up (to coin a phrase), F. Scott Fitzgerald was a writer of towering abilities. But one of the most foolish things he ever wrote was that “there are no second acts in American lives”. Certainly that’s not the case for ex-CNN executive Eason Jordan. After having admitted that CNN allowed itself to be censored by Saddam Hussein, and then resigning from CNN less than two years later after getting caught claiming, on foreign soil, that the US military in Iraq was deliberately targeting reporters for execution, Jordan is on his third or fourth act with his latest scheme, “IraqSlogger”. Or as Jules Crittenden writes:

The great thing about this business is, you always get a second chance. To smack around a world-class moron.

Bobbing to the surface again is CNN’s ex-president Eason Jordan, who resigned in disgrace in 2005 after telling lies about U.S. war crimes, suddenly interested in the truth from Iraq.

Kudos to Michelle Malkin for calling his bluff though–Jordan wrote:

If Michelle Malkin wants to join the search [for Jamil Hussein] in Baghdad, IraqSlogger will pay for her trip, and I’d even be willing to accompany her. Stay tuned

Michelle wrote back on her blog:

I e-mailed my acceptance of Jordan’s invitation this morning. No way should we just take the word of the guy who admitted covering up for Saddam Hussein and who resigned from CNN after baselessly slandering the U.S. military (maybe we’ll find the Davos tape while we’re on the search). Plus, it’ll be an incredible opportunity to see Iraq and our troops firsthand. I have many friends, heroes, and contacts there I’d like to meet in person.

I also e-mailed to ask Mr. Jordan whether he would pay for Curt from Flopping Aces, the blogger who first broke open the story and is leading the charge for an answer (see, Jordan got his facts wrong already), to come on the search as well if he is able to do so.

So, indeed, stay tuned.

Whille Glenn Reynolds writes that it’s a no-lose scenario for her and Jordan (“Either they’ll find him — which is more than AP has managed to do — or they won’t, which will constitute calling AP’s bluff.”), The Anchoress reminds Michelle to look ahead a few moves:

Should be interesting, but my antennae are up on this. Seems to me Jordan would not invite Malkin to Iraq to