DATE: 2/08/2005 09:20:00 PM
Who is Nik Gowing? - The latest character in the Eason Jordan/Chris Cramer (oh, heck...let's just say CNN) kerfuffle is BBC journalist Nik Gowing, an author recommended by Chris Cramer who wrote a piece accusing U.S. and Israeli troops of deliberately targeting journalists. This piece of 'reporting' can be found on Aljazeera.com and is doubtless a windfall of propaganda for those in the Middle East who look for reasons to hate the United States.
Gowing has helped fuel anti-American feeling in the Arab media by suggesting the United States deliberately targeted Al-Jazeera's news broadcast:
Suggestions that part of US war policy was to deliberately target news organisations drew attention from the Newsworld conference of media executives, meeting recently in Barcelona. Reflecting the broad concerns amongst journalists, BBC World correspondent Nik Gowing told the conference, "It seems to me there is some evidence to be put to the Pentagon about the targeting of news organisations... It seems people uplinking journalistic material [by satellite] can be targeted legitimately." Gowing noted, "al-Jazeera has been providing some material that has been very uncomfortable." Gowing also compared the attack on al-Jazeera to the US bombing of Serbian TV in Belgrade in 1999.Gowing made similar claims in the Guardian.
The new Pentagon warnings following the al-Jazeera bombing now appear to make such deployments even riskier. The Pentagon is warning news organisations: stay out or assume your technology will make you one of our targets.In The Prince Nicolo Machiavelli says "And the first opinion which one forms of a prince, and of his understanding, is by observing the men he has around him; and when they are capable and faithful he may always be considered wise, because he has known how to recognize the capable and to keep them faithful. But when they are otherwise one cannot form a good opinion of him, for the prime error which he made was in choosing them." Chris Cramer and Eason Jordan do themselves and their reputation no favor by associating with men like Nik Gowing. Jordan and Cramer not only associate with Gowing but in Cramer's case recommend his writings, which gives us an insight into what these CNN men really think about the military and its treatment of journalists.