Gina Chon is the 'reporter' who, in 2008, slept with a Bush official while reporting on the Bush war. She didn't just sleep with him (and 'forget' to tell her editor who would have reassigned her to another beat because of the conflict of interest), she also let him read her copy (and offer 'input') before she submitted it. So the Bush administration was also editing her copy. (That's what the Wall St. Journal meant by her showing him "unpublished stories.")
Gina Chon is worse than Judith Miller. Judith Miller was foolish and believed everything she was told. Chon let desire control her. I hope it was worth it because she's not going to be a reporter again most likely. Maybe a columnist. But that's it. No one will ever trust her to be objective.
She's blown that. That's why the paper had to let her go. There was no story she could report on in which readers could trust her.
The man she was sleeping with? She left her husband for him and she married the Bush official Brett McGurk. After her divorce. And his.
And the White House wanted to send this freak show to Iraq?
The best thing about the nomination being over is that hopefully we have heard the last from Gina Chon. Books on Iraq will note her, especially media criticism in four or so years. And Gina Chon will replace Judith Miller as the study of ethics when it comes to Iraq War reporting.
By the way, she wanted the e-mail leaked. The one she sent out. It was leaked intentionally. C.I. knew it as soon as it was read to her over the phone. How so?
She's supposedly writing her friends, her journalistic friends. But she's making no real effort to assure them about the charges against her -- the ethical issues. She does go on and on about charges that could effect Brett McGurk.
Gina Chon wrote that e-mail to get attention. It was leaked intentionally.
The point was for Gina to (a) be painted a poor little victim and (b) clear Brett McGurk's name so he wouldn't have to answer questions from Senators -- which would by lying to Congress and he can go to jail for that whether he's sworn in or not.
Gina didn't come up with the idea. The White House did.
The reason the e-mail was so long was because Gina was trying to get across her 'pain.' That way, when Brett appeared before the Senators, when a Republican asked a tough question, a Dem could show boat about how, "His wife has suffered and she answered this in an e-mail that was cruelly leaked!"
What stopped that plan?
No Democrat on the Committee was willing to carry the water for Brett McGurk.
Okay, now I said I would write about Cindy Sheehan.
Cindy's got a lot of good stuff up.
All but one is worth reading. The worthless piece is Cynthia McKinney's.
William Morris Agency is not Hollywood "execs." They are agents. When you can't get that part right, there's no point in even reading you.
But ignoring that piece (the same one I criticized last week), you've got a lot of stuff worth reading. (As I explained last week, I don't link to Cynthia McKinney anymore. She's never gotten honest about cheering on Barack when she was supposed to be his rival and of course the idiot Rosa Clemente was going around singing Barack's praises in public.)
So Sunday Cindy posted a really lengthy and important essay that she wrote.
And it reminded me of a friend of C.I.'s who's a college dean and feels the media should be more like a librarian.
In a good library, you're going to find science, Darwin, religious writing, David Ray Griffith's alternative to the official US government line on 9-11, etc. In a good library, all these different books will be present to compete with one another.
Instead of doing that, we get 'protectors' who refuse to cover certain things. Sometimes because it makes their political hero look bad, sometimes because they just don't want anyone to know about something for some reason.
Think about the way Norman Solomon, Philip Maldari, David Corn-nuts and others try to attack David Ray Griffith.
Why don't they just shut up?
Let him speak for himself. If it's plausible, people will consider it. If it makes no sense, they won't. But we can't have a media that's like a library where things can compete openly, we have to be treated like children because Amy Goodman, et al, don't think very highly of us.
As a Black woman, I've grown so tired of Cracker Amy and her pretense of caring about Blacks. But equally true, the disgusting way she treated David Ray Griffith on air, refusing to let him speak, bringing in her attack dog.
She's trash. She's probably CIA. That's probably why she continues to book Juan Cole on her show even after he was outed as CIA.
So Cindy's got a very important column and I hope you'll make time to read it.
"Two Important Stories" (Hillary Is 44):
For Hillary Clinton supporters however, there are two big news stories today. One of them fills in information which is increasingly hard to get in a timely manner. The Obama Dimocratic Party will do everything it can to suppress the truth. At this late date we are getting news about the April primary fight of 2012 – and we’re not talking about Republicans:
“President Barack Obama was the only name on the Democratic presidential ballot in the April 24 Pennsylvania primary, so there was no chance of him getting publicly embarrassed in the parts of the state where he’s not very popular.PoliticsPA gets the hard to get numbers:
But PoliticsPA drilled deep into the voting data and reports today that in 27 of the state’s 67 counties, more than 30 percent of voters left the presidential ballot blank rather than vote for Obama.”
“A significant portion of western and central Pennsylvania Democrats declined to vote for Barack Obama in the April primary, an analysis by PoliticsPA has found.
The results there resemble those of Arkansas, Kentucky and West Virginia, where the President lost around 40 percent of the primary vote to no-name opponents or “undecided”.
A review of county-by-county vote totals show that the President underperformed historic trends, as well as other Democrats on the ballot this year.
Over 30 percent of voters left the presidential ballot blank rather than select Obama’s name in 27 counties. [snip]
At work, we were talking about how much support do-nothing-but-destroy-liberty Barack has lost. Send him back to Chicago and stop fooling yourself that he gives a damn about anyone but himself. He's the Killer Drone personified.
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):