Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

JUST WHAT DID EASON JORDAN SAY?
NRO ^ | 2/1/05 | jim geraghty

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.


TOPICS: Front Page News; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: cnn; davos; easonjordan; mediabias; pressbias
Is it possible that Jordan's admitted kowtowing to the Baathists in Iraq continues? Hmm...
1 posted on 02/02/2005 2:54:34 PM PST by swilhelm73
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
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."

Can't say I'm surprised that an Al_Jazeera 'journalist' was helping the terrorists.

2 posted on 02/02/2005 2:56:50 PM PST by BenLurkin (Big government is still a big problem.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

If this were true, I don't think Eason Jordan would be around to make these claims.


3 posted on 02/02/2005 2:59:37 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
Yes, this is the same Eason Jordan who wrote in the New York Times that CNN reporters in Baghdad witnessed abuses

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.

4 posted on 02/02/2005 3:02:34 PM PST by brbethke
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: <1/1,000,000th%
It is true. I heard this on a popular Houston radio program this morning. The story can be easily verified, but the MSM doesn't want to let it see the light of day. Here we go again. Just like the MSM press NEVER demanded John Kerry sign a 1080 release for his military records, while the MSM continued to give W's guard service a rectal exam, here we go again. There a dozens of examples of lefties in high places losing it and making absurd claims.

This one, however, has got to see the light of day. Eason has gone too far and CNN is long overdue a good meltdown. I encourage all FReepers to call, email and help spread the word about this horrible dishonor to our brave military.

5 posted on 02/02/2005 3:08:54 PM PST by right wing
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: right wing

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.


6 posted on 02/02/2005 3:11:03 PM PST by Timeout (Dems have been saying no for 10 years. Now they can SCREAM it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73; right wing
More info on Powerline (click here).   They also had:

UPDATE: CNN has sent out an email to several bloggers, including us, that says:

Many blogs have taken Mr. Jordan’s 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."



7 posted on 02/02/2005 3:17:20 PM PST by expat_panama
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

Heck of a day, when Barney Frank is the voice of reason.


8 posted on 02/02/2005 3:22:22 PM PST by Celtjew Libertarian (Shake Hands with the Serpent: Poetry by Charles Lipsig aka Celtjew http://books.lulu.com/lipsig)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

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?


9 posted on 02/02/2005 3:50:03 PM PST by layman
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Celtjew Libertarian

Amen.


10 posted on 02/02/2005 3:53:12 PM PST by Dog Gone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: layman

This pile of feces should be made to eat his words.


11 posted on 02/02/2005 3:54:42 PM PST by sgtbono2002
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
Eason seemed to backpedal quickly...

Eason down, eason down the ro-hode.

12 posted on 02/02/2005 3:56:45 PM PST by arasina (So there.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sgtbono2002
This pile of feces should be made to eat his words.

Don't you mean "eat his shoes".

13 posted on 02/02/2005 4:19:22 PM PST by TheHound
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

To: Celtjew Libertarian

"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.


14 posted on 02/02/2005 4:29:11 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Grateful Heart Tour 2005)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

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.


15 posted on 02/02/2005 4:31:57 PM PST by mabelkitty (Blackwell for Governor in 2006!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
Eason Jordan needs to go. Remember when the Polish journalist was assassinated by Micheal Moore's "minutemen" last year? Or when those two poor poor French journalists were taken hostage by those wonderful would be "martyrs".

Considering CNN's conspiracy with Saddam, CNN should consider itself fortunate if it isn't charged with crimes against humanity. (I know I dreaming, but it such a nice dream.)
16 posted on 02/02/2005 5:03:27 PM PST by Chgogal
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

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...


17 posted on 02/02/2005 8:46:10 PM PST by bitt (Good people sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: expat_panama
CNN:Many blogs have taken Mr. Jordan’s remarks out of context.

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.

.

18 posted on 02/02/2005 9:00:51 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: right wing
I encourage all FReepers to call, email and help spread the word about this horrible dishonor to our brave military.

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"...

19 posted on 02/02/2005 9:07:52 PM PST by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

Shameless plug
Speculation and cynicism and journalism (CNN's at it again)
Buzzmachine ^ | 2/205 | Jeff Jarvis
http://freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1334818/posts

La Shawn Barber's Corner.
http://lashawnbarber.com/archives/2005/02/02/jordan/

/shameless plug


20 posted on 02/02/2005 9:53:16 PM PST by Valin (Sometimes you're the bug, and sometimes you're the windshield)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

Do US Troops Target Journalists in Iraq?
[Eason Jordan Accuses Troops of Murder]
The World Economic Forum Weblog ^ | 1/28/05 | Rony Abovitz
Posted on http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1333761/posts

How Crazy Are They?
(CNN big says US troops targeted and killed 12 journalists in Iraq)
Power Line ^ | February 1, 2005 | John H. Hinderaker
Posted on 02/01/2005 9:51:37 PM PST by quidnunc
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1334045/posts


21 posted on 02/02/2005 10:25:07 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Ted "Kids, I Sunk the Honey" Kennedy is just a drunk who's never held a job (or had to).)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

bttt


22 posted on 02/02/2005 10:35:24 PM PST by XHogPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

Great recaps at these two sites:

http://www.hughhewitt.com/#postid1340

http://rconversation.blogs.com/rconversation/2005/02/blogstorm_desce.html


23 posted on 02/02/2005 10:42:46 PM PST by XHogPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

Barney Frank took the side of America over that of the Tranzis and the Islamofascists?

Even if he is a butt pirate that alone makes him better than half the Democratsin Congress.


24 posted on 02/02/2005 10:45:31 PM PST by thoughtomator (How do you say Berkeley California in Aramaic?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: BenLurkin

But .. IIRC it's been disclosed here that Al Jeezera has told it's people to always claim abuse by the USA. In other words, if they are arrested and then released, they're to claim abuse - no matter whether it really happened or not.


25 posted on 02/02/2005 10:47:13 PM PST by CyberAnt (Where are the dem supporters? - try the trash cans in back of the abortion clinics.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
"Thanks to Barney Frank, world leaders assembled in Davos learned that there was no substance to such claims. Good job, Barney Frank."

We've always known that the Corrupt Old Media was less sane than Rep. Barney Frank.

That's not saying a lot, but it still holds true today.

26 posted on 02/02/2005 10:52:44 PM PST by Southack (Media Bias means that Castro won't be punished for Cuban war crimes against Black Angolans in Africa)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

Is this the same married Jordan Eason who was having an affair with the widow of Daniel Pearl, WSJ journalist?


27 posted on 02/02/2005 10:59:13 PM PST by Kay
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Howlin

ping!


28 posted on 02/02/2005 10:59:17 PM PST by nutmeg ("We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good." - Hillary Clinton 6/28/04)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
"and called "Al Jazeera boy" by his American captors."

I've never heard of such torture this side of the Inquisition. I may have to read that again to believe the horror of it--they called him "Al Jazeera boy"? My God! Humanity has never reached such a low!

Eason seems a little jealous.

29 posted on 02/02/2005 11:09:39 PM PST by Darkwolf377 (Brotherhood of Dim-Bulbs of the Illuminati!!!!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: arasina

"Eason down, eason down the ro-hode."


Thank you...thank you...thank you
for the very much needed laugh. ;o)

Life's been tough, lately.


30 posted on 02/02/2005 11:25:48 PM PST by dixiechick2000 (President Bush is a mensch in cowboy boots.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: mabelkitty
He is a known traitor, and if the government won't take him down, the stockholders who own his company should.

Well said!

31 posted on 02/02/2005 11:47:47 PM PST by EGPWS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 15 | View Replies]

To: expat_panama
Many blogs have taken Mr. Jordan’s remarks out of context.

Yea, CNN is p!ssed for they are concerned that bloggers may take their crown from them.

Don't worry CNN, it won't happen.

The truth hurts when it's finally conveyed by the "serfs" doesn't it CNN?

32 posted on 02/02/2005 11:54:04 PM PST by EGPWS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Celtjew Libertarian
Heck of a day, when Barney Frank is the voice of reason.

It sure is, however muting and supplying sub titles sure would make his voice more palatable.

33 posted on 02/02/2005 11:57:36 PM PST by EGPWS
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: layman
Made to eat his SHOES? (How exactly is that done?)

Just for the record, apparantly this IS possible. I saw it done a few years ago...

in a movie theatre of all places. The title of the movie was: "Werner Herzog Eats His Shoes". (Herzog is a somewhat wacky German director: "Aguirre, the Wrath of God", "Fitzcaraldo", and a handful of others). He lost a bet, and thus having found he needed to eat his shoes, he decided to make a movie of it. Its a short where he sets up a pot of boiling water on a stove, "cooks" the shoe to make it pliable, and then cuts some pieces of it for consumption.

34 posted on 02/03/2005 12:26:39 AM PST by C210N
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

The News We (CNN) Kept To Ourselves [must read]
The New York Times ^ | 04/11/03 | EASON JORDAN
Posted on 04/10/2003 9:16:06 PM PDT by Pokey78

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/890515/posts


35 posted on 02/03/2005 1:06:28 AM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Mo1

I have this thread bookmarked..I think the internet may be the only place this story will spread..I am so outraged Grrrrrr...

I find it despicable that the head of a major cable news network goes to Davos and worships with the anti American, anti American military "religion" followers..indeed he gives a rousing "sermon" before the congregation.


36 posted on 02/03/2005 1:21:58 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

To: MEG33
Yes it is despicable .. but he and CNN will hide behind the Freedom of Speech

My advice is to just turn off CNN for good ... Their ratings will show what people really think of them

37 posted on 02/03/2005 1:27:42 AM PST by Mo1 (Question to Liberals .. When did supporting and defending Freedom become a bad thing??)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 36 | View Replies]

To: Mo1

http://www.pajamahadin.com/index.php/2005/02/02/are_bloggers_journalists_1
scroll down for some good links to blogs,comments.


38 posted on 02/03/2005 1:32:52 AM PST by MEG33 (GOD BLESS OUR ARMED FORCES)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
<auctioneer_voice>
 
13...
 
Do I hear 13???
 
</auctioneer_voice>

39 posted on 02/03/2005 9:08:35 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73
...made to eat his shoes...

Sole food?

40 posted on 02/03/2005 9:10:25 AM PST by Elsie (Heck is where people, who don't believe in Gosh, think they are not going....)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: right wing

I meant if it were true that our military were going after journalists.

I have no doubt they could erase eason jordan in a nanosecond if that was their intention.


41 posted on 02/03/2005 10:19:06 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: swilhelm73

Part of me wants to say, if only it were true...


42 posted on 02/03/2005 2:49:10 PM PST by Zhangliqun (What are intellectuals for but to complexify the obvious?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson