Saturday, February 12, 2005

The Eason Jordan Mess 

As most people in the blogospher know, there has been a big brew-ha-ha over Eason Jordan of CNN.  His slanderous remarks to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland that the US military in Iraq was targeting and killing journalist started it all.  The basic outcry was “Prove it!”

He couldn’t because they weren’t and now he has resigned from CNN.

CNN put it this way:

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan resigned Friday, saying the controversy over his remarks about the deaths of journalists in Iraq threatened to tarnish the network he helped build.

Jordan conceded that his remarks at the January 27 World Economic Forum were "not as clear as they should have been." Several participants at the event said Jordan told the audience U.S. forces had deliberately targeted journalists -- a charge he denied.

"After 23 years at CNN, I have decided to resign in an effort to prevent CNN from being unfairly tarnished by the controversy over conflicting accounts of my recent remarks regarding the alarming number of journalists killed in Iraq," Jordan said in a letter to colleagues.

He resigned because he was WRONG.  His remarks by them self did not tarnish CNN.  CNN’s failure to follow up on the story in a timely and accurate manor tarnished them!

There are many places to find the whole story.  Start with Michelle Malkin for an excellent re-cap and then on to Easongate (run in part by Blackfive) for all the little details.  Rebecca MacKinnon played an important part from the beginning with personal thoughts and of course our main source for where to find the latest has been Hugh Hewitt. As Hugh would say, “This has been a blog swarm in action.”  There are too many other links to post here, but you can find them all at The Truth Laid Bear.

For the slanderous charges Jordan made against the fine men and women serving our country in the military, resignation is the least he could do.  He has chosen the coward’s way out.


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