Earlier today, while guest hosting on The Dennis Miller Show, Andrew Breitbart interviewed Kurt Haskell from Taylor, Michigan. Mr. Haskell was a passenger on the now infamous Flight 253 on Christmas day from Amsterdam to Detroit. We all know now how this flight ended (with the Flying Dutchman careening across multiple seats to stop a would-be-suicide bomber from exploding the plane and hundreds of innocent lives). But, Mr. Haskell shared his story of what he witnessed before anyone even boarded the plane.
While waiting in the holding area in the Amsterdam airport, in a room designated for only the passengers of Flight 253, Mr. Haskell saw a well-dressed man of apparent Indian descent accompany a young, poorly attired man of African descent to the boarding gate. What Mr. Haskell saw and heard next is of seemingly great significance:[audio:http://biggovernment.com/files/2009/12/Kurt-Haskell-Snippet.mp3]
“I could clearly hear the conversation… the Indian man said: ‘This man needs to board the plane, he doesn’t have a passport….’ The ticket agent responded, ‘you’ll need to see my manager…’. That was the last time I saw the Indian man and it was the last time I saw the black man until later in the day when he tried to blow up our plane.”
As far as we know, Mr. Haskell’s interview with us this morning was his only, wide-spread media appearance. This is not because of our incredible abilities to “land” an exclusive or our amazing investigative powers in hunting down a recluse. No, anyone COULD have found Mr. Haskell and his story. It was posted yesterday at MLive.com. And I reached out and got Mr. Haskell on the air today by sending him a note in Facebook.
Mr. Haskell is not telling his story on Network News or on CNN/MSNBC because:
A. The “Traditional Journalism” does not think his story is relevant
B. The “Traditional Journalism” is too lazy to dig a little and find Mr. Haskell
C. The “Traditional Journalism” has not read about it in the NY Times yet, so it can’t be important
D. Mr. Haskell’s story undermines the meme that the big crisis in America is HEALTH CARE REFORM and we don’t really need to worry about terrorism anymore, Obama is fixing that by making the world love us
Of course, it seems the answer is probably “E. All of the above” and that is the greatest indictment of “Traditional Journalism” yet.
Not un-coincidentally, Mr. Breitbart also announced this morning that Big Journalism will oficially launch on January 6th. We are good and ready.