Tuesday, July 27, 2010

James Surowiecki on JournoList

I'm not sure I'd be willing confer "hero" status on Ezra Klein, but I'd certainly say James Surowiecki was acting heroically when bucking the left's jihad-abetting memes at the list-serve. From The Daily Caller, " Heroes of Journolist: Dan Froomkin, James Surowiecki, Jeffrey Toobin, Michael Tomasky — and founder Ezra Klein" (via Memeorandum):


When Nidal Hasan murdered 13 people at Ft. Hood, Texas, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” before opening fire, members of Journolist debated whether the media should report on Hasan’s apparent ties to Islamic extremism.

Luke Mitchell, then of Harper’s magazine, said doing so “points the way to things that are actually alarmingly dangerous, such as the idea that there is a large conspiracy of Islamists at work in the United States, that we need to ‘do something’ about this conspiracy.”

Surowiecki replied to Mitchell and others that the truth was worth pursuing.

“I find it bizarre that anyone would argue that an accurate description of what happened is somehow pointless,” Surowiecki said. “That is, that it’s not useful to offer up an accurate picture of Hasan’s actions because nothing obvious follows from it. We want, as much as possible, to have a clear picture of what’s actually going on in the world. Describing Hasan as a violent Islamist terrorist is much closer to the truth than describing him as a disturbed individual.”
RELATED: A great piece from Mickey Kaus, "'Journolist' Was Not a Progressive Idea."


Photo Credit: Wikipedia, "James Surowiecki."