Wednesday, February 09, 2005

Walking Backwards

David Gergen said "Jordan realized as soon as the words had left his mouth that he had gone too far and walked himself back." In Glenn Reynolds' MSNBC Eason Jordan's Tale of the Tape we read this question generator:
Mr. Jordan's remarks might have shocked the American attendees, but they
certainly played well among some in the audience. The Wall Street Journal's Bret
Stephens, who covered the panel for his paper, told the Sun that after the panel
concluded, Mr. Jordan was surrounded by European and Middle Eastern attendees
who warmly congratulated him for his alleged "bravery and candor" in discussing
the matter.
So: Did Eason Jordan "walk himself back" from the backslapping and congratulations as well? If not, why not? Wasn't he "taken out of context" and did he not misspeak? The emails from CNN assure us of this. It seems we have seen a side of his character he would prefer to keep dark. We await the "Video from Davos".

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