I have been speaking with Brendi Rawlin of Porter Novelli (PR rep for Womens Wall Street). According to Brendi, the Washington Post has been sitting on the true story of Annie Jacobsen’s “Terror in the Skies” account since last Friday, when WomensWallStreet.com approached him. Dave Adams, the air marshal’s spokesman, not only confirmed the story, but has also apparently supplied witness statements and other corroborations of Jacobsen’s account. NBC Nightly News, ABC, and Dateline NBC are now on the story as well.
More to come…
3:24pm. Just got off the phone with Annie Jacobsen. She has been writing business reports and articles for WomensWallStreet.com and print magazines for the past two years. Recounting the flight, she told me “My legs were like rubber…It was four and a half hours of terror.” She is working on a follow-up story for WomensWallStreet.com on Monday and will appear on NBC Nightly News Monday night. I asked how she felt about suspicions that her story had been a hoax. She hadn’t heard of these suspicions and instead has been hearing overwhelming corroboration of her experience in thousands of e-mails, many from pilots and flight attendants reporting similar incidents.
She has been shocked that “for whatever reason, the story didn’t develop” in the mainstream media.
I took off my journalist’s hat and told her I thought she was a patriot for bringing the story to light.
Now, I want to know why John Mintz and the editors of the Washington Post have deemed Annie Jacobsen’s story unfit to print.
Update: Donald Sensing remains skeptical.
I asked Jacobsen if she talked with other passengers. She said no. I also asked if she had heard from other passengers from her flight in response to her story. She said she hasn’t. If anyone else out there was on Northwest Airlines flight #327 from Detroit to Los Angeles Flight on June 29, 2004, departing at 12:28 p.m., we’d love to hear from you.
Says Sarah W at Wizbang: “Be annoying.”
That we can do!
Update III: Last, last post of the day. One of my favorite Pacific Northwest conservatives (a rare breed!), John Carlson at KVI-AM in Seattle, interviewed Annie Jacobsen. Charles Simpson live-blogged the broadcast here.
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