Skip to comments.Eason Jordan, Quote, Unquote - CNN News Chief Clarifies His Comments on Iraq
Posted on 02/07/2005 9:22:02 PM PST by BCrago66
What CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan said, or didn't say, in Davos, Switzerland, last month has become a burgeoning controversy among bloggers and media critics.
Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.), who attended the World Economic Forum panel at which Jordan spoke, recalled yesterday that Jordan said he knew of 12 journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq. At first, said Frank, "it sounded like he was saying it was official military policy to take out journalists." But Jordan later "modified" his remarks to say some U.S. soldiers did this "maybe knowing they were killing journalists, out of anger. . . . He did say he was talking about cases of deliberate killing," Frank said.
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New York Sun also about to publish a story......
Does Jordan and Frank have a "relationship" that needs to be disclosed or exposed?
Actually, if you paid attention you'd know that it was Frank who called him on the lie at Davos as Dodd, Gergen and others stood by.
Frank actually acted honorably in this matter; he demanded that Jorden back up his assertion, which Jordan could not do. He additionally failed to cooperate with the cover-up that the BBC reporter and Gergan are engaged in.
That cover-up will not hold. Kurtz' reporting is sub-standard; see all the witnessess attesting that Jordan did in fact claim that the US military was targeting journalists on these 2 sites:
Let's give credit where it's due; Gergen (who looks like a Matt Groening character) who is supposedly some kind of Republican, isn't the one out front on this. Barney Frank, the liberal dem, is. We don't have to agree with his politics to acknowledge that he wasn't letting this boob get away without addressing his stupid comment.
Hugh Hewitt stated tonight that Jordan had said the exact same thing ten months or so back in Portugal. He referenced an article from the Guardian that said this. The prior statement is what is so damning to his backpeddling now.
I'm sure Kurtz is aware that Jordan has stated his believe in U.S. Military torture of journalists. I'm not going to register with the Post to get the rest, but I hope he's not covering for Jordon.
BTW, there is a video of the meeting, but it is being withheld.
Not a bit surprised to hear that about Gergen.
Sorry, It was a joke... you do know Frank is gay don't you? :D
I know (because he mentions it every 5 minutes when he speaks in public); I just don't find it as interesting as you do.
Nor do I. He was the only one in the room to speak out against the slander of our troops, and deserves credit for doing so. And unlike Gergen who soft soaped it, Frand did not.
He said "targeted".
Thats the price of being an insurgent in Iraq
I applaud Frank for standing up for our servicemen and women. He showed honor and I appreciate that.
"Would that it were so." -- Ann Coulter on Kudlow and Cramer today
Kurtz Sticks To Davos, Ignores Other Eason's Fables
The Washington Post article on Eason Jordan by Howard Kurtz is now available. In tomorrow's edition, Kurtz focuses narrowly on Jordan's comments in Davos, allowing him to couch the incident as a perception issue instead of the consistent theme in Eason Jordan's overseas remarks:
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UPDATE: Rodger Morrow notes that another witness has come forward to back up Rony Arbovitz's account of Eason's Fables at Davos. The original was in French, but Mick Stockinger translated it to English:
It must be said that Eason Jordan, one of the star journalists of CNN, didn't mince words in declaring that the intentions of journalist in Iraq were never perceived as neutral and were made deliberate targets by "both sides". Called on to clarify his statement, he said that outside of deaths attributed to rebels, 12 journalists, including Americans, were killed by the American army, not by deliberate attack, but in the context of a hostile climate towards the press, where the tone was set by Donald Rumsfeld himself. Many journalists feel that among young American soldiers, many would like to "do" a journalist in the course of combat.
Without going that far, Richard Sambrook, a BBC star raised the stakes. Another journalist in the room also recalled the Palestine hotel incident which supported the statements made in Davos, and recognizes the scale of the phenomenon, well-known within the journalistic community, but not beyond.
David Gergen, the moderator, was taken aback, but could not manage to change the subject.
Michelle Malkin notes that this sounds consistent with what Gergen said -- and it's also clear that Richard Sambrook was no mere bystander in this exchange.
Posted by Captain Ed at 10:04 PM | Comments (0
No excuses - none whatsoever - for a person with Eason's 's experience, career and position of responsibility to utter a syllable that needs clarification, context, or backpedaling. He said what he intended to say, implied what he intended to imply, and deserves only a chance to neatly fold his pants before he's tarred and feathered on his naked way out of town.
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