I read this the other day on Ammon and fortunately a few bloggers had already blogged about it on the Jordanian blogosphere. According to the local news site, two of McCain’s primary political advisers, Kagan and Kristol, have said that McCain will be declaring Jordan as a Palestinian state pretty soon, which is an option that is as viable as the US declaring Mexico as their 51st state.
However, apparently Kagan is denying such reports and even New York University (NYU), where it was said Kagan made these remarks, denies that Kagan ever spoke at the university to begin with. Now here’s what I found particularly interesting. The report on Ammon is said to be originally generated from an Israeli blog, which Kagan, in an email sent to the government, discredits as untrue, as reported in this Jordan Times article.
“The reason you are not finding anything online is that I did not give such a lecture. I did not give any lecture in New York and I have not said anything about Jordan,” Kagan said.
He added: “In fact I have never spoken at NY University before in my life. I don’t know what this guy [the blogger] is talking about. I hope you will pass this information on to everyone who raises this issue.” [source]
The same article went on to call Ammon “a widely read tabloid-like news site”, which I thought was funny because I think Ammon, even with this gaffe, is still seen as more credible than any local news source out there, and I’m also thinking their readership probably gives the Jordan Times a run for their money as well. That being said, I should also note that the Jordan Times is, as far as I know, wrong in labeling the blog (the original source for Ammon) as an Israeli blog, when it is in actuality an anti-Israeli blog called Filkka Israel. You can see their original report here. Granted, it is a bit of a sketchy blog but that’s up to the reader to decide. Saying that Ammon – a right-wing Islamically-oriented site – is quoting an Israeli blog, and calling them tabloid-like, is a pretty propagandist attack if you ask me, in attempt to discredit it.
The Foreign Ministry seems to be fighting back these allegations after launching their own little investigation, to which Ammon responded to today. It’s interesting to see that both the Foreign Ministry and Ammon are handling this situation pretty poorly, to say nothing of the local mainstream media.
I don’t think the Foreign Ministry should’ve played an active role, especially in the shape of a Minister being given a microphone, and at the same time, I think Ammon should admit its fault and retract the story if its proven to be wrong or its source questionable.