According to this report, Jill Carroll was under pressure from the group that kidnapped her while taping the interview:
"Jill Carroll's kidnappers reportedly warned her before her release that she might be killed if she cooperated with the Americans or went to the Green Zone, saying it was infiltrated by insurgents."
"Bergenheim said Friday that Carroll's parents, who spoke to her about the video, told him it was "conducted under duress.-When you're making a video and having to recite certain things with three men with machine guns standing over you, you're probably going to say exactly what you're told to say," Bergenheim added."
I hope that clears up a few things for the likes of "Little Green Footballs" who attacked her immediately upon her release. Here's some comments that are approved by Charles Johnson about Jill:
"I've been watching this traitor bitch fawn all over her captors this morning. "Nice furniture, safe, nice clothes, they NEVER threatened me". I'm very glad you were so comforatble while working to undermine our efforts in Iraq. Now, wipe that muslim DNA from your face and confess to pre-planning this?"
"She's probably coming home with a suitcase full of cash (her kickback) and a dose of the clap."
No wonder advertisers are scared away because of the "Constitutionally protected hate speech" found there.
Maybe this will answer some of Kurtz's questions from his column today since he too found her statements a little odd. Aaron emailed me and nominated Howard to take Ben's place:
"Read your column today with interest, particularly the insinuation that "odd" behavior by a woman just released from 3 months as a hostage was somehow unusual. Enjoyed how you passed off the smear of Jill Caroll as un-American or a terrorist sympathizer: since, after all, "that's what people are talking about." Way to tamp down the intemperate political discourse! After this bravura performance, I think Mr. Brady's choice for a right-wing blogger to balance out Dan Froomkin is obvious. He wouldn't even need to pay a cent more! Your column can simply be labeled, "Opinion: Media Notes." I'm sure the browbeating from the White House would stop."
Update: Apparently Charles is still unhinged:"Note that all of these statements seem to come from the family, not from Carroll herself."
Jonah Goldberg follows suit. No Jonah, if anyone that was for this war was captured and returned safely-I would be celebrating their release. That's something you obviously can't comprehend.
Jesus General says: After all, we can't expect ChuckJohnson to do all of our journalism for us. It interferes with hisfirst love: promoting genocide.