The real crime here is that Yon isn’t known

by Datechguy | January 11th, 2010

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The real crime here is that Yon isn't known

Tucker Carl­son (who still hasn’t hired me) has launched his new Daily Caller site. One story caught my eye at once because it would never be a big deal in the MSM The Michael Yon story:

Seattle-​Tacoma Inter­na­tional Air­port offi­cials recently inter­ro­gated and hand­cuffed Army Green Beret-​turned-​reporter Michael Yon because he refused to tell them how much money he makes.

Ten days after the under­wear bomber’s foiled attack aboard Flight 253 to Detroit, the award-​winning war cor­re­spon­dent was detained by U.S. Cus­toms Bor­der and Pro­tec­tion after hav­ing spent most of the last 12 months report­ing from the front lines of Afghanistan.

Nat­u­rally this is a story known in the blo­gos­phere and we’ve men­tioned it here but it’s good that it gets expo­sure on day one since this is the day he will get the most MSM hits, back to the story:

Yon said the inci­dent seemed nei­ther con­trived nor polit­i­cally moti­vated. “It was more like spon­ta­neous incom­pe­tence,” he said, adding that in his trav­els to more than 50 coun­tries he had never been treated so badly. More­over, Yon has writ­ten about undue harass­ment at the bor­der before, and said he doesn’t believe this was a result of increased secu­rity in the wake of the Christ­mas day incident.

I am a U.S. cit­i­zen. If a cop on the street asked me how much money I make, I wouldn’t answer him either,” he said. “I wish they would just release the tapes so we could be done with this.”

The sad thing is Yon has been pro­duc­ing first class reports on the War on Ter­ror for years and hasn’t been noticed. (Well we’ve noticed him). If he was known half as well as he should be, he would never have been stopped.

One of my biggest regrets was miss­ing a chance to inter­view him on the HiWired blog about 3 years ago, we exchanged e-​mails but we just kept miss­ing each other.

And Tucker just a reminder: $800 a week, I’d even be will­ing to start at $650 on a trial basis and you can have me full time.

Tucker Carlson (who still hasn’t hired me) has launched his new Daily Caller site. One story caught my eye at once because it would never be a big deal in the MSM The Michael Yon story:

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport officials recently interrogated and handcuffed Army Green Beret-turned-reporter Michael Yon because he refused to tell them how much money he makes.

Ten days after the underwear bomber’s foiled attack aboard Flight 253 to Detroit, the award-winning war correspondent was detained by U.S. Customs Border and Protection after having spent most of the last 12 months reporting from the front lines of Afghanistan.

Naturally this is a story known in the blogosphere and we’ve mentioned it here but it’s good that it gets exposure on day one since this is the day he will get the most MSM hits, back to the story:

Yon said the incident seemed neither contrived nor politically motivated. “It was more like spontaneous incompetence,” he said, adding that in his travels to more than 50 countries he had never been treated so badly. Moreover, Yon has written about undue harassment at the border before, and said he doesn’t believe this was a result of increased security in the wake of the Christmas day incident.

“I am a U.S. citizen. If a cop on the street asked me how much money I make, I wouldn’t answer him either,” he said. “I wish they would just release the tapes so we could be done with this.”

The sad thing is Yon has been producing first class reports on the War on Terror for years and hasn’t been noticed. (Well we’ve noticed him). If he was known half as well as he should be, he would never have been stopped.

One of my biggest regrets was missing a chance to interview him on the HiWired blog about 3 years ago, we exchanged e-mails but we just kept missing each other.

And Tucker just a reminder: $800 a week, I’d even be willing to start at $650 on a trial basis and you can have me full time.

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