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EASONGATE: A RETROSPECTIVE (Standout Bloggers On The Story!!)
MichelleMalkin.com ^ | February 11, 2005 10:56 PM | By Michelle Malkin

Posted on 02/12/2005 4:51:47 AM PST by fight_truth_decay

For those of us in the information business, this is truly an earth-shaking time. Who would have imagined that the downfall of one of the world's most powerful news executives would be precipitated by an ordinary citizen blogging his eyewitness report at Davos in the wee hours of the morning on Jan. 27? It's simply stunning.

The courage of Rony Abovitz cannot be overstated. This ordinary American citizen raised his voice at an international forum of media and political heavyweights--also attended by Europe's most influential America-haters--and demanded that Eason Jordan back up his poisonous assertion about the American military targeting journalists. Abovitz's remarks prompted Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) to press Jordan for details. Abovitz also received thanks from Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn.) for standing up. After the event, Abovitz bypassed the MSM and exposed the controversy with a simple click of the mouse.

Fellow attendee/former CNN journalist/blogger Rebecca MacKinnon confirmed Abovitz's account, fielded questions from Hugh Hewitt, and added reporting with her e-mail exchange with Jordan.

From there, a few standout bloggers picked up on the story and refused to let it die. The MSM calls it a lynch mob. I call it a truth squad. Ed Morrissey, Hewitt, La Shawn Barber, Jim Geraghty, and LGF kept "baying"--which got the attention of the blogosphere's most powerful player, Instapundit. Bill Roggio quickly created the group blog, Easongate, to keep on top of the story. Legions of smaller bloggers, too numerous to mention, kept the heat on. N.Z. Bear pitched in with a helpful Easongate tracker.

The relentless Hewitt used his blog, radio show, and Jay Rosen and Jeff Jarvis to cover the story, observing, "You can't cover the press if you don't press the coverage."

On Feb. 4, intrepid blogger Sisyphean Musings contacted the World Economic Forum in an effort to obtain a videotape of the forum--which was eventually rebuffed. Rosen, meanwhile, went to work and contacted BBC journalist Richard Sambrook, who was on the Jordan panel, for a statement. Sambrook backed Jordan.

But what about the other panelists? Enter this blog.

I myself came "late" to the story--by blogospheric standards, not MSM standards. On Feb. 1-2, I was traveling and only had time to briefly glance at a on Captain's Quarters about Jordan's remarks. I noticed coverage on Instapundit and Hugh Hewitt when I returned home, but did not take the time to read up on all the background until the weekend. My first brief posts on Easongate weren't until Feb. 6, when I simply provided to others covering the story.

The next day, Monday Feb. 7, I thought it might be helpful to try and advance the story by calling up some of the panel participants. Rep. Barney Frank returned my call first thing Monday morning. David Gergen returned my call in the early afternoon. Sen. Chris Dodd's office provided a statement by late afternoon.

Powerline concluded prophetically: "Eason Jordan is finished."

And the dam broke bigtime.

On Tuesday Feb. 8, CNN employee and Washington Post media critic Howard Kurtz finally published a story on the controversy, rehashing much of what I'd reported on this blog--except with a transparent coat of whitewash. Kurtz was roundly mocked by the blogosphere and has done permanent damage to his reputation as an effective media critic. Roger L. Simon said it best: "All in all, this is not an article, more of a place holder..." See also Kaus.

Among the MSM, the Toledo Blade's Jack Kelly, the Riverside Press Enterprise editorial page, and the Washington Times editorial page, and Investor's Business Dail were on the ball. So, too, the New York Sun. The New York Post published my column on Wed. Feb 9. That night, CNBC's Larry Kudlow had three senators on who agreed with the column's conclusion that Jordan had recklessly slimed our troops. Then came the rest, including a strange footnote from the WSJ op-ed page that will look even stranger in hindsight for ridiculing the "usual Internet suspects" that brought down a previously untouchable MSM giant.

The shock waves that have overwhelmed CNN started with a single blogger and reverberated worldwide. I agree with Rony Abovitz that there should be no joy in watching Eason Jordan's downfall. But there is certainly great, unadulterated satisfaction in seeing the collective efforts of the blogosphere--citizens and professional journalists among them--produce the one thing the MSM has for too long escaped in its walled-off world: accountability.

Cue the Carpenters music: We've Only Just Begun.

*** Other analysis...

Mark Coffey's take on The Lessons of Easongate.

The tireless Captain Ed on the moral of Eason's Fables.

Jim Geraghty says "we learned that a lot of people in major media institutions thought this was a tempest in a teacup, unworthy of even a paragraph of coverage." Yup.

Instapundit has more.

Jeff Jarvis, who will be on Kurtz's CNN show on Sunday, sez: "Oh, yes, and before we forget... Davos: Release the tape! You, too, can't stonewall or your little club will become known as the place where the powerful can try to lie."

Ditto to that.

Rebecca MacKinnon and Jay Rosen follow up. Most interesting comment on Rosen's site comes from a poster named "veteran journo:"

A few things strike me that I haven't yet seen others pick up on. The "mis-spoke" defence is all very well, but if there's anyone who knows or should know how to be quoted, how not to be quoted and how to avoid being misquoted it's a journalist with Jordan's experience.

If he were a "civilian" I could understand the "tempest in a teapot" view but this guy is a journalist who quotes people everyday.

Ditto, for telling stories that CNN hadn't aired. If they hadn't broadcast the story about the Al Jazeera journo forced to eat his shoes, it's because they couldn't get people to talk about it on the record. A news executive can't go passing on those rumours in a semi-public forum. If the standard of proof wasn't good enough to get it on CNN, it 's not good wnough to discuss at a forum in Davos. Maybe at Jordan's dinner table but not Davos.

To me, these two mistakes are inexcusable coming from a news executive. And they are indeed grounds for firing or resigning.

I still believe it would be better to show the tape because I think journalists can't possibly argue against that given the nature of the Davos forum.

...there's something very wrong about journos and power brokers attending huge "off the record" gatherings.

Honestly, I would never agree to be off the record at such an event.

Anyway that's my take -- inescapably bad errors of judgement. He had to go.


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You already know the story, so let's pay tribute to the "Bloggers Extraordinaire" who were the first to deliver EASONGATE.
1 posted on 02/12/2005 4:51:50 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Bump


2 posted on 02/12/2005 4:57:38 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: Valin

Pong


3 posted on 02/12/2005 4:58:50 AM PST by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR)
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To: fight_truth_decay

4 posted on 02/12/2005 4:58:54 AM PST by SubMareener (Become a monthly donor! Free FreeRepublic.com from Quarterly FReepathons!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

If "Easongate" does cause his career to go down the tubes, you just know the left will cry censorship. For some reason, they cannot grasp the concept that if you say something we don't like to hear we don't have to listen or watch you.


5 posted on 02/12/2005 5:10:51 AM PST by squidward
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To: fight_truth_decay

It's just so good when "the birds fly home to roost." Good riddance to Jordan. Thank God for the bloggers. Jordan would still be there if it weren't for them.


6 posted on 02/12/2005 5:11:25 AM PST by Clara Lou (Hillary Clinton: "We're going to take things away from you on behalf of the common good.")
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To: fight_truth_decay
Great post. I was highly impressed by MIchelle's blog summary.

One quote you didn't provide from Jay Rosen's site was:

"blogs are little First Amendment machines".

Essentially, this whole episode is an exercise of First Amendment rights, documenting the odious statement of a supposedly professional journalist.

Everyone has a printing press now.
7 posted on 02/12/2005 5:13:33 AM PST by Forgiven_Sinner (God is offering you eternal life right now. Freep mail me if you want to know how to receive it.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
My email to Mr. Rony Abovitz on 2/20 and his reply.

-----Original Message-----

From: Carl

Sent: Thursday, February 10, 2005 9:38 AM

To: z-kat@z-kat.com

Cc: Dodd.Senate.gov/webmail

Subject: Rony Abovitz - A true patriot

Hi,

Just wanted to give a big pat on the back to Mr. Abovitz for his questioning of the comments made at a recent conference by Mr Eason Jordan, CNN Chief New Executive. Mr Abovitz you are to be commended for not letting this tripe spewed by the MSM, becoming fact. Without the bloggers, I would have not know about this and people of the Middle East would have just taken lies as truth. Congratulations, you are a fine American.

I am also happy to see a U. S. Senator and a Congressman president at the conference raise the truthfulness question. Although they could have turned up the volume and challenged Jordan right in his tracks. I think if I were there, I would have kicked this gerk in the a#@ after he dismounted his phony high horse.

Thanks again Mr. Abovitz. Your bring credit to America and your fine company.

Honored,

Carl

Huntley, IL

Semper Fi

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1340187/posts

Can't sent a copy to Congressman Frank. He is hiding behind a raft of click here, click here, click here. His loss.

MR. RONY ABOVITZ REPLY

Dear Carl,

Thank you for your note. Being an American in Europe for the meeting, I felt the obligation to stand up for both the truth and the U.S. If we made a mistake, our system of democracy has mechanisms to deal with it.We are an open and free society. But statements without any facts, data....that is just wrong.

We have soldiers risking their lives to give democracy to another country - they don't need this kind of pandering to anti-American interests, especially if there is no objective data.

-R

8 posted on 02/12/2005 5:13:37 AM PST by Pit1
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To: fight_truth_decay
i'm always curious as to why the left says so many stupid things overseas thinking that what they say will never make it back to the states

har har har

9 posted on 02/12/2005 5:20:31 AM PST by InvisibleChurch (Look! Jimmy Carter! History's greatest monster!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

It used to be:"Don't start a fight with someone that buys ink by the barrel", now it should be:"Don't start a fight with someone who has a modem".


10 posted on 02/12/2005 5:26:36 AM PST by leadhead (Living beyond my mental means)
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To: Forgiven_Sinner
"blogs are little First Amendment machines"
11 posted on 02/12/2005 5:29:34 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay
Once again the cover up fails the liars.

The MSM no longer has exclusive rights to the public microphone. Freepers and bloggers, the new media front line.
12 posted on 02/12/2005 5:30:18 AM PST by Tarpon (Hate is not a plan for America)
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To: InvisibleChurch
Because for too long, it didn't. The common man had no access to Euro-trash newspapers and the MSM would only highlight what would serve their interest in running interference.

Bill OReilly has it wrong when he says its the "media over there" that is the problem. The problem is obviously the media over here.... going over there... and spouting off their anti American sentiment.

Europeans always love to rally AGAINST a cause. It is the only thing that unites them. That is why they have been lead by various dictators. The MO is always the same, "lets unite AGAINST a country or a race", the only difference is, now its Americans going over there and rallying them to unite against us.

Europeans don't have a freedom gene. They are lemmings the whole bunch. Most of the genetic pool that craved freedom left long ago and came here. Whats left are a bunch non-thinkers filled with anger at the world that are easily united by words of hate and finger pointing. Coupled with the fact that the American left is populated with opportunists (Jesse Jackson anyone?) who will exploit these lemmings makes Europe a ripe field for the cultivation of American leftist ideas and diatribes.
13 posted on 02/12/2005 5:33:21 AM PST by esoxmagnum
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To: fight_truth_decay

14 posted on 02/12/2005 5:36:56 AM PST by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: fight_truth_decay

I'm going to have to rethink my opinion of Barney Frank after this. He did the right thing in this situation when it would have been easy to just fake a lapse of memory or attention.


15 posted on 02/12/2005 5:37:38 AM PST by jalisco555 ("The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats)
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To: esoxmagnum
Europeans always love to rally AGAINST a cause. It is the only thing that unites them.

you left out beer commercials and cross dressing

16 posted on 02/12/2005 5:40:20 AM PST by alrea (HELP WANTED. New Jersey Director of Homeland Defense: must be willing performer.)
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To: squidward

if you say something we don't like to hear we don't have to listen or watch you.




My only quibble w/this is the statement:..."we don't like to hear...". This wasn't about preferences, it was about truth. It was also about the final straw of anti-Americanism from CNN, the elite indifference to the safety of our troops and the eventual normalization of the Middle East, especially Iraq.

I am encouraged, not only because of the quick response of the blogosphere, but because the response was, perhaps for the first time, joined by some of the most far left Senators and Representatives.

I am an adult. If the people and policies that I support are wrong, I want to hear every side. But when someone tosses off gratuitous lies, I want to have good solid facts to back up my not wanting to listen. I also appreciate when those with a voice and some credibility expose the lies and the agenda.


17 posted on 02/12/2005 5:40:33 AM PST by reformedliberal
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To: fight_truth_decay
What I found odd about this post/story...was the involvement of Frank and Dodd.

FRegards,

18 posted on 02/12/2005 5:44:21 AM PST by Osage Orange ("Political interest can never be separated in the long run from moral right" - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Osage Orange
More like their non-involvement. Has anyone heard them say a peep about this outside of Davos?
19 posted on 02/12/2005 5:47:28 AM PST by mewzilla (Has CBS retracted the story yet?)
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To: fight_truth_decay; Alia; Mo1; cyncooper; dirtboy
...there's something very wrong about journos and power brokers attending huge "off the record" gatherings.

There sure is Michelle. What will it take to find out what that something is?

It strikes me that 'creating the story' out of wholecloth, for the purpose of sliming the military, may also have had another purpose such as pressing some sort of policy changes.

Why do I think that?

Because in the case of Jeff Gannon story, I wondered why Slaughter and Lautenberg involved themselves in that situation. Yes, it is to destroy Mr. Gannon, but could they be trying to force some policy change that results in legislation that controls the message?? They sure jumped on the bandwagon before having the facts, and that smells too.

If David Brock is leading the charge (through his website Media Matters) to discredit and 'take out' those who are conservative or perceived conservatives whose ideologies about Gay Marriage do not match his, then perhaps there are other designated "Brocks" for each topic. Witness Jordan and sliming the military. It's beginning to look like a coordinated squeeze. Crush the voices, and then lock the door (legislatively) behind them.

Just a thought.

20 posted on 02/12/2005 5:52:23 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Bump and congratulations to all these bloggers. . .


21 posted on 02/12/2005 5:52:53 AM PST by cricket (Just say - NO U.N.)
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To: Osage Orange

Hmmm... let's add that to my post #20... That is strange to me too.


22 posted on 02/12/2005 5:54:56 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
The blogs does a job again.

Eason Gate
23 posted on 02/12/2005 5:59:40 AM PST by Wiz
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To: fight_truth_decay; dirtboy; Alia; cyncooper; Mo1
...there's something very wrong about journos and power brokers attending huge "off the record" gatherings.

What if the DAVOS tape reveals what ELSE was said, aside from Jordan's comments?

We have to press on for the tape.

24 posted on 02/12/2005 6:01:26 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: JesseJane

Cnn is blatantly anti-military. You'd think they would have been tought a lesson after their b.s. Tailwind stories.


25 posted on 02/12/2005 6:02:16 AM PST by koba37
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To: Carolinamom

Just for fun I went to CNN.com to see how they covered this. Posted at 10:14 pm est, last night, is this:

http://www.cnn.com/2005/SHOWBIZ/TV/02/11/easonjordan.cnn/index.html

And do note, it's posted under "entertainment"


26 posted on 02/12/2005 6:04:15 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Well, it is entertaining, but shouldn't this be filed under news? or obituaries? com)
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To: fight_truth_decay

The liberal congressmen there would never have uttered a peep about their CNN co-conpirator if Mr. Arbovitz had not stood up and challeged Jordan. That tells you everything you need to know about libs protecting each other.


27 posted on 02/12/2005 6:04:39 AM PST by kittymyrib
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To: JesseJane


"We have to press on for the tape".

Thank you Jane. Toggle over to the Adventures of Chester.com for more thouhtful commentary on why Jane is right on.


28 posted on 02/12/2005 6:05:57 AM PST by CBart95
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To: koba37
Yes, and after Easons own revelations of the stories he hid about the brutality in Iraq. But that didn't really seem to phase him in the least did it?

Placing tin-foil in place, maybe CNN's 'job' is to discredit the military, and CBS's 'job' is to take out the President, NBC's 'job' is to ___________. Leftie Bloggers job is to take out non-lefty bloggers. Is there a pattern to organized dismantling here?

29 posted on 02/12/2005 6:10:15 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: CBart95
Oooh...that was interesting, thanks for the tip!

(for others it's: http://www.theadventuresofchester.com/ )

30 posted on 02/12/2005 6:15:33 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: YaYa123

Thanks for the ENTERTAINMENT link. It is NOT amusing, however, that Jordan denies saying what he did say. Notice that in his non-apology apology that he now says that our military "accidently" killed journalists. Another LIE about his original LIE.


31 posted on 02/12/2005 6:15:55 AM PST by Carolinamom
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To: JesseJane

http://www.theadventuresofchester.com/


32 posted on 02/12/2005 6:19:23 AM PST by fight_truth_decay
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To: fight_truth_decay

Thanks FTD, I hurried, so I could go get some coffee!! :)


33 posted on 02/12/2005 6:21:28 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: jalisco555
"I'm going to have to rethink my opinion of Barney Frank after this. He did the right thing in this situation when it would have been easy to just fake a lapse of memory or attention."

Unfortunately I see it as more strategic. . .post this election and the Demrats need to appear more 'center' and certainly more 'pro-America/Military and 'apple pie' as well.

Frank did do the 'right thing'; and that is good. I would offer that his motivations for doing might be a thoughtful consideration; rather than an 'gut response'. I can give him the benefit of the doubt; but no more than that.

The Demrats are determined in their 'collective' efforts to appear pro America/Military and 'apple pie' . . .but whatever the case; we can all appreciate his response.

34 posted on 02/12/2005 6:22:44 AM PST by cricket (Just say - NO U.N.)
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To: fight_truth_decay
Howard_RatherHoward_Jordan
35 posted on 02/12/2005 6:27:55 AM PST by Ghengis (Alexander was a wuss!)
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To: fight_truth_decay
My comments last evening in a earlier FR post in regards to Eason's reason for leaving..."So as not to tarnish CNN's reputation...."

Damn! I leave for a few hours and all hell breaks loose! Jordan resigns and I missed it. Damn the bad luck. The dirty bastard should have been fired years ago for protecting Sadaam! As for CNN getting tarnished, if it were tarnished it would be brighter than it is now.

36 posted on 02/12/2005 6:28:50 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: fight_truth_decay

Salute!


37 posted on 02/12/2005 6:29:01 AM PST by WorkingClassFilth (Clinton is the only servant of Allah that has gotten his 72 virgins out of the attack on America.)
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To: Ghengis
Next?!!
38 posted on 02/12/2005 6:30:52 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (Kill 'em til they're dead! Then, kill 'em again!)
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To: InvisibleChurch

Because they think Freepers don't exist in EU.


39 posted on 02/12/2005 6:31:06 AM PST by marty60
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To: fight_truth_decay
Fine, but didn't this go much, much too easily? The millionaire neocommuists in the anti-American msm almost NEVER quit. Rather didn't quit and people like Eveans and Clift and Fat Old Helen are still spewing poison.

The left wing media has long exagerated facts making it hard to tell the differnce between the front page of the NYT and a Garafolo rant or a McAuliffe blather. But, doesn't this just make them less easy to spot? Don't get me wrong, anything that moves the msm to being even a little honest is good. But, the msm is so irrelevant now why bother.

The guy on MSNBC would covers story highlights (yeah, he's a real leftie, but he is watchable) called the folks who demanded honesty from Eason, "healots." Now, let's see where Eason winds up before we count this as a victory for journalistic integrity (gaaaaaag! Yes, but it is a concept they use!).

40 posted on 02/12/2005 6:34:53 AM PST by Tacis ("John ("What SF-180?") Kerry - Still Shilling For Those Who Wish America Ill!")
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To: Carolinamom
Very good overview! I note that the LA Times specifically mentions the role of the Easongate website in this story today:

CNN's Chief News Exec Quits

Excerpt from LA Times:

"Also, a website called Easongate.com, featuring the executive's corporate portrait on its home page, offered a clearing-house of criticism related to Jordan's statements. The website linked to 25 other sites in its "Blogroll," with mainstream columnists such as Roger L. Simon and more obscure bloggers such as "Red State Rant" and "Winds of Change."

41 posted on 02/12/2005 6:43:37 AM PST by Enlightiator
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To: leadhead

"Don't start a fight with someone who has a modem".

And thus will peace eventually prevail over all the earth.






well, I can hope, can't I?


42 posted on 02/12/2005 6:49:33 AM PST by jocon307 (Vote George Washington for the #1 spot)
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To: JesseJane
*ping to add in ABC*

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1245826/posts

The Soros connection (to the ABC Memo)

The Washington Times ^ | 10/15/04 | Greg Pierce

"Remember that infamous Oct. 8 memo from ABC News political director Mark Halperin, which instructed ABC correspondents to slant their reportage in John Kerry's favor? " conservative author Richard Poe said on his blog (www.RichardPoe.com).

"Well, it turns out that Halperin's father is none other than Morton H. Halperin, head of George Soros' Open Society Policy Center. Lowell Ponte reveals Mark Halperin's Soros connection in [yesterday's] FrontPageMagazine.com, in a stunning expose titled, 'The ABC's of Media Bias.' "

43 posted on 02/12/2005 6:52:57 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: jalisco555

"He did the right thing in this situation when it would have been easy to just fake a lapse of memory or attention."

Barney Frank, hometown: Bayonne, NJ where I live now. It's a very patriotic town.

After 9/11 there suddenly appeared, everywhere, placards declaring:
Bayonne NJ
We defend America
Any time
Any place
Anywhere

Barney Frank has lived up to that. GOOD FOR HIM!

I LOVE BAYONNE!


44 posted on 02/12/2005 6:53:50 AM PST by jocon307 (Vote George Washington for the #1 spot)
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To: JesseJane
NBC Newser Sold High Tech to Iran

NBC Reporter Was on U.N. Lobby Payroll

NBC's Brian Williams Admits Stealing Documents from Carter White House!

45 posted on 02/12/2005 7:01:17 AM PST by JesseJane (KERRY: I have had conversations with leaders, yes, recently.That's not your business, it's mine.)
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To: Ghengis; MeekOneGOP; Fintan; weegee; Liz; Ernest_at_the_Beach
Attention to all of the anti America liars/spinners/fable writers of the MSM, which one of you will be next?!

Howard_RatherHoward_Jordan

46 posted on 02/12/2005 7:01:57 AM PST by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 4 decades.)
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To: cricket
Unfortunately I see it as more strategic. . .post this election and the Demrats need to appear more 'center' and certainly more 'pro-America/Military and 'apple pie' as well.

Frank did do the 'right thing'; and that is good. I would offer that his motivations for doing might be a thoughtful consideration; rather than an 'gut response'. I can give him the benefit of the doubt; but no more than that.

All the reports I read by eyewitnesses indicated that Frank was quick to challenge Jordan and appeared genuinely upset by the slander. In fact, if it weren't for Frank's corroboration the story would probably have died. He has no political motive to embarass CNN.

47 posted on 02/12/2005 7:02:11 AM PST by jalisco555 ("The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats)
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To: Grampa Dave

Don't forget Howell Raines of the NY Times. The truth caught up with him, too. We're on a roll.


48 posted on 02/12/2005 7:06:03 AM PST by jalisco555 ("The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity." W. B. Yeats)
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To: jalisco555
"All the reports I read by eyewitnesses indicated that Frank was quick to challenge Jordan and appeared genuinely upset by the slander. In fact, if it weren't for Frank's corroboration the story would probably have died. He has no political motive to embarass CNN."

In that case and I will take your word on that. . .I will just skip my speculation and move directly to my appreciation that Barney responded.

Thanks for the 'rest of the story'. . .I missed that.

49 posted on 02/12/2005 7:09:09 AM PST by cricket (Just say - NO U.N.)
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To: fight_truth_decay

that's funny.

the "lynch mob" are the leftists manufactured by universities here and in europe that create news for the purpose of changing the world to their viewpoints.

talk radio and the internet have made these leftists transparent.


50 posted on 02/12/2005 7:11:01 AM PST by ken21 (most news today is either stupid or evil.)
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