I go to bat for Jake Adelstein, man. I really do. In fact, I almost didn’t run this article because so many people, including direct “competitors” (whom I like and support, by the way), had run something similar, but this is important. For a lot of reasons.
One thing you gotta say about Jake is that the dude’s got a pair on ’em. In his writing, in his life, and in his heart, Adelstein’s worked to address complicated issues, and he’s been a big enough man to admit when he was wrong. More importantly, he’s learned from his mistakes and tries to progress due to them. That’s not only good for journalism, but good for people in general.
Short result: he talks, and we listen. Read Tokyo Vice sometime; we recommend it for a reason.
National Geographic can step up and do the right thing here if they should so choose. Why endanger lives for ratings?
(If you’re just tuning in, here’s the backstory.)