Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Jeremy Scahill, Another Journo Doing His Job Properly

If I'm going to praise Jon Stewart, I should also proffer plaudits to The Nation's Jeremy Scahill, whose ongoing reporting investigates Blackwater and the CIA's collusion in the alleged murder and torture of Afghans and Iraqis. The other night on 'Real Time With Bill Maher', he took aim at fellow journos, such as fellow panelist Chuck Todd, for their lack of due diligence in reporting the affair. Todd had previously dismissed the matter as 'political catnip' and that reporting it more vigorously would turn it into 'a political foodfight' that would ultimately allow Blackwater off the hook. Todd's point might, in other circumstances appear commendably clear-headed and pragmatic but Scahill's reply trumps him, saying that 'the only way you prevent future torture is to prosecute past crimes.' The fact that Todd allegedly complained to him off-air about sullying his reputation on TV shows where his priorities lie.

Jeremy Scahill Slams Chuck Todd, Media, Congress Over Blackwater On "Real Time With Bill Maher" (VIDEO)