Skip to comments.JUST WHAT DID EASON JORDAN SAY?
Posted on 02/02/2005 2:54:33 PM PST by swilhelm73
An extremely disturbing report from Rony Abovitz at the Davos conference:
During one of the discussions about the number of journalists killed in the Iraq War, Eason Jordan [chief news executive of CNN] asserted that he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by U.S. troops in Iraq, but they had in fact been targeted. He repeated the assertion a few times, which seemed to win favor in parts of the audience (the anti-US crowd) and cause great strain on others.
Due to the nature of the forum, I was able to directly challenge Eason, asking if he had any objective and clear evidence to backup these claims, because if what he said was true, it would make Abu Ghraib look like a walk in the park. David Gergen was also clearly disturbed and shocked by the allegation that the U.S. would target journalists, foreign or U.S. He had always seen the U.S. military as the providers of safety and rescue for all reporters.
Eason seemed to backpedal quickly, but his initial statements were backed by other members of the audience (one in particular who represented a worldwide journalist group). The ensuing debate was (for lack of better words) a real "sh storm". What intensified the problem was the fact that the session was a public forum being taped on camera, in front of an international crowd. The other looming shadow on what was going on was the presence of a U.S. Congressman and a U.S. Senator in the middle of some very serious accusations about the U.S. military.
To be fair (and balanced), Eason did backpedal and make a number of statements claiming that he really did not know if what he said was true, and that he did not himself believe it. But when pressed by others, he seemed to waver back and forth between what might have been his beliefs and the realization that he had created a kind of public mess. His statements, his reaction, and the reaction of all in attendance left me perplexed and confused.
Rony Abovitz is calling on the U.S. lawmakers present to get to the bottom of Jordan's story - if there's something to it, let's investigate. If it isn't, CNN ought to clear up why their head man is spreading horrifying rumors around about U.S. troops.
Yes, this is the same Eason Jordan who wrote in the New York Times that CNN reporters in Baghdad witnessed abuses, including torture of Iraqis by Saddam's secret police, and did not report this to viewers in order to to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open.
UPDATE: Another account of this:
According to Friday's Wall Street Journal Political Diary (available by subscription), Eason Jordan, Chief News Executive at CNN, implied that the American military was deliberately killing journalists in Iraq. He even "offered the story of an Al-Jazeera journalist who had been 'tortured for weeks' at Abu Ghraib, made to eat his shoes, and called "Al Jazeera boy" by his American captors."
And then, this liberal Democrat pressed Mr. Jordan to be more specific, putting the CNN Executive on the spot. The newsman rambled on a bit and mumbled some sort of response about how "'There are people who believe there are people in the military who have it out' for journalists." He could provide no evidence to buttress his claims, then "offered another anecdote: A reporter who'd been standing in a long line to get through a checkpoint at Baghdad's Green Zone had been turned back by the GI on duty. Apparently the soldier had been displeased with the reporter's dispatches, and sent him to the back of the line."
Had Mr. Frank not challenged him, the global elites there might have taken Jordan's words at face value, convinced that Americans were indiscriminately targeting journalists. Thanks to Barney Frank, world leaders assembled in Davos learned that there was no substance to such claims.
Good job, Barney Frank.
Can't say I'm surprised that an Al_Jazeera 'journalist' was helping the terrorists.
If this were true, I don't think Eason Jordan would be around to make these claims.
Why is this man still employed?
Y'know, if we right-wingers really were half as nasty as he claims we are, he would long ago have taken up a new career, pushing up daises in some unmarked shallow grave. The fact that he hasn't does seem to kind of put the lie to his claims.
TKS' Jim Geraghty is now reporting the Washington Post is on the story (maybe). If so, they won't be able to suppress the tape or transcript. It's going to come out.
UPDATE: CNN has sent out an email to several bloggers, including us, that says:
Many blogs have taken Mr. Jordans remarks out of context. Eason Jordan does not believe the U.S. military is trying to kill journalists. Mr. Jordan simply pointed out the facts: While the majority of journalists killed in Iraq have been slain at the hands of insurgents, the Pentagon has also noted that the U.S. military on occasion has killed people who turned out to be journalists. The Pentagon has apologized for those actions.
Mr. Jordan was responding to an assertion by Cong. Frank that all 63 journalist victims had been the result of "collateral damage."
Heck of a day, when Barney Frank is the voice of reason.
He even "offered the story of an Al-Jazeera journalist who had been 'tortured for weeks' at Abu Ghraib, made to eat his shoes, and called "Al Jazeera boy" by his American captors."
Made to eat his SHOES? (How exactly is that done?) And then, just to be really, really mean, called him "Al Jazeera boy"? This story is so absurd that it boggles my mind that anyone could take it seriously. This is a parody, right?
This pile of feces should be made to eat his words.
Eason down, eason down the ro-hode.
Don't you mean "eat his shoes".
"Heck of a day, when Barney Frank is the voice of reason."
I'm no Barney fan but if he stood up for our troops against the lies of this CNN bigwig i'll write and thank him.
Jordan needs to be "Rosenberged".
He is a known traitor, and if the government won't take him down, the stockholders who own his company should.
Just for today, for what he did, I won't post my usual, HORRIBLE picture of Barney Frank. Although leaving it to your imagination might be even worse...
Ah, yes, CNN. If you get caught in a malicious, anti-American, anti-Military LIE, is the best solution to top it off with an even BIGGER LIE!
Don't you get it, CNN? When assertions are repeated and repeated, they can't be taken out of context. Repeated assertions ARE context. You do know this, don't you?
I have this little feeling that the mendacious "out-of-context" claim might even get a life (or should I say "context") of its own.
Jeez, I did my best to help CNN out. I wrote the reports up as a news article ("CNN Exec Claims American Troops Executing Journalists") and sent it in on their Breaking News/Tip hotline.
Haven't gotten so much as a "thank you"...
Speculation and cynicism and journalism (CNN's at it again)
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