Those who couldn't wait to lambast Jill Carroll for statements she made shortly after her release from kidnappers should be ashamed. Irresponsible journalists have no business second guessing Carroll's integrity and broadcasting their defaming conjectures without checking the facts.
So what else is new, right? We should be used to this kind of hack "reporting". Not one of these so-called journalists has half the courage Jill showed by putting herself in danger daily in her quest to tell the Iraqi side of the war story.
Yet, instead of lauding her and celebrating this young woman's release, they maligned her for statements she was coerced to make by her kidnappers and, later, fearing retribution from her captors, in a TV interview (she was promised would not be aired) with the Iraqi Islamic Party. She was further erroneously accused of refusing to travel and cooperate with the U.S. military and U.S. officials.
One can only imagine what Carroll has been through these past months. I doubt she ever dreamed she could be greeted by her professional peers with such disdain.
Maybe the real mistake she made was that she survived. If she hadn't, CNN and MSNBC could have spent days--who knows? maybe weeks!--lauding her as a hero, running hour upon hour of looped Jill Carroll videos, interviewing her friends and distraught family, and elevating her career as a courageous reporter to the level of sainthood. (Imagine the ratings! And what a great distraction from Bushie's problems! Darn that girl. What did she have to go and get released for? Bor-ing. What a drag.)
Honestly. How do these people sleep at night?
Photo credit: FREE AT LAST: Jill Carroll, shortly after her release after 82 days as a hostage in Baghdad. (Scott Peterson/Getty Images)
For an update that is based on facts instead of fantasy, see the following:
- Jill Carroll forced to make propaganda video as price of freedom | csmonitor.com (March 31, 2006)
- Jill Carroll: finally free | csmonitor.com (March 31, 2006)
- Helping Jill interpret Iraq | csmonitor.com (March 31, 2006)
- Almost three months of captivity | csmonitor.com (March 31, 2006)
- Statements from the Monitor and the Carrolls: 'Today is a day of rejoicing' | csmonitor.com (March 31, 2006)
- What it took from the hearts of many people to free Jill Carroll | csmonitor.com (March 31, 2006)
- Jill Carroll statement| csmonitor.com (April 1, 2006)
- Hands Off Jill Carroll