The Jade Monkey

I didn't have a superiority complex until inferior people gave me one.

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"His motives certainly weren't seditious"

So said Sec. Heller of his Michael Moore-on son last night on 24, and I'm coming to think perhaps the same is true of Michael Isikoff. Though I was ready to proclaim him guilty of reckless endangerment, inciting a riot, libel, accessory to murder, and treason, and worthy of being drawn-and-quartered and his body parts sent as warnings to the offices of CBS, the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune, with his head sent as a gift to Kabul for with little Afghani children to play soccer, perhaps I'm overreacting in regards to Isikoff himself.

As The Anchoress pointed out in one of the many helpful updates to her "Newsweek lied, people died" post, it was Isikoff who originally uncovered Lewinsky playing Bubba's saxophone, only to have his newsbreak scuttled by newsweek, whereupon it was picked up by Matt Drudge.

10:50PM Not to be petty or picayune, I was remembering about how Newsweek once SPIKED an Isikoff story that it didn’t like, and wondering if anyone else remembered a particular instance…and then, happily for me, before I could research it, a commenter at Captain Ed’s spelled it out for us, and For Now sent it along:

THIS Newsweek spiked back in 1998–too controversial–the
Koran item gets printed without checking.

From:Drudgereport Archive

Web Posted:
— At the last minute, at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening, NEWSWEEK magazine killed a story that was destined to shake official Washington to its foundation: A White House intern carried on a sexual affair with the President of the United States! The DRUDGE REPORT has learned that reporter Michael Isikoff developed the story of his career, only to have it spiked by top NEWSWEEK suits hours before publication. A young woman, 23, sexually involved with the love of her life, the President of the United States, since she was a 21-year-old intern at the White House. She was a frequent visitor to a small study just off the Oval Office where she claims to have indulged the president’s sexual preference. Reports of the relationship spread in White House quarters and she was moved to a job at the Pentagon, where she worked until last month.

Posted by: RBMN at May 15, 2005 09:17 PM

Although his story was at least true back then, perhaps we should look at the picture as a whole and see Isikoff for what he is: a tabloidist getting off on scandal. No, it doesn't excuse him for the lesser charges, but maybe his motives weren't seditious afterall. His higher-ups at newsweek have not even this excuse however. They shot him down once because it was harmful to their guy, and could have again, had they not wanted so much for something that might reflect poorly on our troops or administration to be true. It matters little whether or not newsweek cans Izzy (and they're already circling the wagons and sticking their heads in the sand), because the problem is much deeper than one reporter.

Isikoff can keep his head, and maybe even his job. Perhaps he should be chemically castrated, though. It might cut down on the orgy of anti-Americanism.


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