Roger L. Simon

Gerard's Been There

Gerard Van Der Leun, who has labored in the fields of the Mainstream Media more than most of us, explains the silence around the Eason Jordan Affair:

To take on an Eason Jordan and expose him would be a noble thing for a major journalist to do, but it would also put a large check mark against his name on the Unwritten Blacklist as a traitor. Even if Jordan were brought down, especially if Jordan were brought down, the journalists behind it would find their chances for other lucrative job offers, for advancement, and for invitations to all the right parties in New York, Washinton, and the Hamptons severely curtailed. Their actions against an Eason Jordan would be quietly noted by those in hiring and assignment positions higher up the media food chain. After all, to take on one is to take on all.

It used to be the case that if you “struck at a prince” you had to be sure to kill him. Things are not that simple in the upper realms of the unelected powerbrokers of MSM. Now if you strike at a prince you have to kill all the others around them. Unless, of course, you don’t care about appearing on cable news shows to sooth your vanity and pump your book, or care about landing that book deal to begin with, or care about someday having a show of your own, or care about advancing at your institution or receiving a better offer from another newspaper, magazine, television network. Strike at someone like Eason Jordon and all these things will, somehow, just not be offered to you.