Donna Liu, a former veteran CNN producer who has worked all over the world - and whose husband has also - emailed this comment:
Journalists ARE targetted by military all the time (I'm not necessarily saying U.S., although the Al-Jazeera incident has yet to be thoroughly investigated.) and now that whole issue, which merits some attention, is being sidelined for the sake of media gossip. I mean, I've looked down the barrel of a gun a couple of times... I'm sure you have... [name of her husband] certainly has... And think of the people we know who have been injured or killed under those circumstances. I hope the issue doesn't die.
Here is an excerpt from another former colleague who was also in the audience at Davos. He hasn't responded to my emails asking whether I can use his name (his mailbox is full and I keep getting "bounce" messages), so I'll leave it anonymous and am taking out identifying information, but I think it's worth sharing:
Well I am NEVER going to make fun of blogging again!. The meaning I got was that Eason was using the word "target" as pointing the barrel of a gun rather than the meaning that's been construed. What is amazing to me is that he and others did not do a more spirited job of defending the premise. ... Seems to me this is/was a perfect opportunity to push the Congressmen for an investigation.... Pretty sad affair all in all.
Both emails are very representative of the kind of sentiment I've been hearing a lot in journalist circles over the past couple of days. Many rank-and-file journalists feel that the heads of news organizations are letting them down by not engaging in a substantive discussion of a serious and unresolved issue.