January 04, 2008

Harper's Horton Scandals Heat Up

Horton Hears a Boo: Journalistic Hijinks at Harper's Exposed is now up at Pajamas Media and has already been linked by both Instapundit and Powerline.

It turns out that Harper's writer Scott Horton, who has been a leading cheerleader for imprisoned Associated Press photographer and terrorism suspect Bilal Hussein, was a former investigator for Hussein's defense team, a disclosure that he has failed to make in his recent attacks against the U.S. military's handling of the Hussein case.

This particular bit of journalistic malpractice is unrelated to another budding scandal surrounding Horton's still unsupported August 24 claim that an unnamed "thuggish neocon" journalist fabricated a story while Horton was in Iraq.

Repeatedly pressed for comment and proof of the anonymous article Horton alludes to, Harper's Editor Roger D. Hodge, Managing Editor Ellen Rosenbush, Vice President of Public Relations Giulia Melucci and Horton have thus far refused to support or retract his claim. Hodge, Rosenbush, and Melucci were contacted as recently as December 30, but remain mute, apparently hoping to stonewall their way through this scandal.

In light of these developments, perhaps Andrew Sullivan may want to reconsider his statement that, "Scott Horton has as much integrity as anyone I know."

Posted by Confederate Yankee at January 4, 2008 10:09 AM

"Scott Horton has as much integrity as anyone I know."

--Andrew Sullivan

Well, strictly speaking, Sullivan's words may be precisely the truth.

Posted by: Bill Smith at January 4, 2008 10:45 AM

Could Horton have been fabricating and debunking charges against Bilal in the safety of his own mind? With an apparent huge ego and need for publicity, that may be the case.

Scott Horton, super lawyer, patriot, human rights advocate, partisan hack jouralist extraordinaire badly in need of an ethics refresher.

Posted by: daleyrocks at January 4, 2008 11:00 AM

Excellent work, CY.

Posted by: Dusty at January 4, 2008 11:23 AM

Ooh! Ooh! Can I be the thuggish neocon?

Posted by: Peter at January 4, 2008 03:23 PM

I agree with Bill's comment!

Posted by: Huntress at January 6, 2008 09:59 AM

"Scott Horton has as much integrity as anyone I know."

That says more about Sullivan than Horton.

Posted by: Purple Avenger at January 6, 2008 10:41 PM