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CNN says its silence on Iraq atrocities had nothing to do with maintaining access
AP ^ | Monday, April 14, 2003

Posted on 04/14/2003 2:22:03 PM PDT by DannyTN

Edited on 04/13/2004 2:42:16 AM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

A top CNN executive kept quiet about some atrocities in Iraq not because the network wanted to protect access but because it worried about putting lives in danger, CNN said Monday.

Eason Jordan, CNN's chief news executive, revealed the incidents in an op-ed piece in The New York Times Friday headlined "The News We Kept to Ourselves."


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There are so many things wrong with this...

They are only reporting it now, because we have Iraq's secret service files and will find out eventually.

They claim to worry about putting lives at danger, but they once the reporter was released, they could have pulled out and then reported it. That would have prevented other journalists from being at risk.

I think any journalist that suffered from torture after CNN"s experience should be able to file a lawsuit against CNN for not warning the world that Iraq tortures journalists.

1 posted on 04/14/2003 2:22:04 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN; Howlin
Ping: CNN tries to weasel out of its complicity with the Ba'ath regime now that the "party is over."
2 posted on 04/14/2003 2:22:58 PM PDT by TenthAmendmentChampion (No animals were harmed in the creation of this tagline.)
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To: DannyTN
CNN Continues to be the leading LYING network. But ABC is right there too.
3 posted on 04/14/2003 2:23:00 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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4 posted on 04/14/2003 2:23:56 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: DannyTN
The guy whose life would have been in danger was not a CNN reporter--he was an Iraqi working as a camera man. He and his family would have been in danger unless CNN offered to have him and his entire extended family relocated. Doesn't sound very good.
5 posted on 04/14/2003 2:24:31 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Support our troops: Bring them home.)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
"CNN Continues to be the leading Lying network. But ABC is right there too."

Absolutely! CNN only interviews those with the same anti-American views as the network! I cannot watch them anymore. The only thing good about their coverage was the stupid move by Sadler. That was exciting, but they are resorting to STUPID moves cause, otherwise, they are BIG LOSERS!!
6 posted on 04/14/2003 2:26:53 PM PDT by whadizit
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To: DannyTN
A top CNN executive kept quiet about some atrocities in Iraq not because the network wanted to protect access but because it worried about putting lives in danger, CNN said Monday.

BULLSH*T!! CNN makes me sick.

7 posted on 04/14/2003 2:26:55 PM PDT by Wphile
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion
CNN says its silence on Iraq atrocities had nothing to do with maintaining access

HAH!


8 posted on 04/14/2003 2:27:27 PM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: Wphile

9 posted on 04/14/2003 2:28:09 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: TenthAmendmentChampion

WEASEL WORDS!!!!!


10 posted on 04/14/2003 2:28:42 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: Howlin; Wphile
Well done! Amen. How are you both?
11 posted on 04/14/2003 2:29:05 PM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: DannyTN
If not access, What did it have to do with??

The initial 'editorial' in the NYT suggested 13 trips were made to Baghdad to maintain access. What was the real purpose of the trips then, if not for access?
12 posted on 04/14/2003 2:29:27 PM PDT by B-bone
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To: The Old Hoosier
He and his family would have been in danger unless CNN offered to have him and his entire extended family relocated.

So they lied to the American public for TWELVE YEARS to protect one guy that they could have taken out of Iraq?

I don't think so.

They lied for ACCESS, and gave aid and comfort to the enemies of this country.

13 posted on 04/14/2003 2:30:25 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
Well, right now, I'm mad again........LOL.
14 posted on 04/14/2003 2:30:57 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: DannyTN
CNN = Communist News Network

They have forgotten (if they ever really knew) what truth is. I can't watch that channel for 30 seconds without feeling like I need to vomit. CNN truely makes me sick!
15 posted on 04/14/2003 2:31:00 PM PDT by appalachian_dweller (Those who sacrifice freedom for security deserve neither.)
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To: The Old Hoosier
If they can pay AlQaeda hundreds of thousands of dollars for tapes, they can pay to relocate a few Iraqi's.


The cameraman was still a CNN employee. They reported earlier (last week) that torture of journalists were common. If a free press can be intimidated so easily, it's not much of a free press. And torture of people working for foriegn firms would not have gone on, if it was routinely reported and people knew about it.

It's still complicity.
16 posted on 04/14/2003 2:31:02 PM PDT by DannyTN (Note left on my door by a pack of neighborhood dogs.)
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To: Howlin
Ha! Love it. CNN was worried about saving lives...how about the two that Uday killed after he said he would to CNN?

Journalism my arse. CNN has been complicit in propping up one of the worst dictatorships in history. It's absolutely atrocious.

17 posted on 04/14/2003 2:31:10 PM PDT by Wphile
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To: DannyTN
Worried about putting lives in danger!? But lives were lost because you didn't say anything!!!!
18 posted on 04/14/2003 2:32:04 PM PDT by yonif
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To: B-bone; All
In case anybody missed the original article:

The News We (CNN) Kept To Ourselves [must read]

19 posted on 04/14/2003 2:32:29 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
Doing well although my blood pressure is surging because of this CNN nonsense. How about you?
20 posted on 04/14/2003 2:32:34 PM PDT by Wphile
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To: Howlin
Jordan's "confession" was designed to reassure dictators everywhere that CNN can be trusted to keep quiet. If you remember, right before Jordan wrote his article, they had just been accused of being CIA agents.
21 posted on 04/14/2003 2:34:05 PM PDT by Fifth Business
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To: Howlin
Oldie but a Goodie





22 posted on 04/14/2003 2:34:31 PM PDT by ThreePuttinDude (The only thing worse than a Frenchman, is a Frenchman from Canada)
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To: Howlin
You've nailed it. They could have extricated the person at risk and his family OR they could have at a minimum used this information as "background info" to provide an appropriate context for their other reports on Iraq and made sure their reporting was getting across the idea that the Iraqi regime was scum, tortures its people, etc. They could have reported this in a general way without reporitng the details.
23 posted on 04/14/2003 2:34:44 PM PDT by plain talk
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To: Wphile
How close does a "journalist" have to be to Uday for Uday to feel comfortable enough in the relationshhip with the "journalist" to confide in him he intends to MURDER people and be reaonsonably sure that the "journalist" won't REPORT IT???????
24 posted on 04/14/2003 2:35:05 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: DannyTN
CNN assumes the chutzpah mode. Hey, it just might work!
25 posted on 04/14/2003 2:35:52 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Subvert the dominant cliche!)
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To: Fifth Business
Right! Not only did he LIE for access, he now has CONFESSED for access!
26 posted on 04/14/2003 2:35:59 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: DannyTN
Damage control alert! Damage control alert!
27 posted on 04/14/2003 2:36:12 PM PDT by IronJack
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To: Howlin
The nun who taught me in the sixth grade loved to say that.
28 posted on 04/14/2003 2:37:03 PM PDT by 2right
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To: plain talk
They could have done any number of things, up to and including reporting the unbiased truth, but they consciously chose NOT to.

No amount of "dressing it up" is EVER going to get them off the hook for this.
29 posted on 04/14/2003 2:37:12 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: Howlin; DannyTN
Not one guy--one guy and all of his extended family. Do you think all of these people WANTED to be forced to leave their home, just so that we could know about somebody being tortured? Do you think CNN could have gotten the whole family out without the government noticing something and perhaps detaining and torturing or killing more of them?

This is not nearly as simple as you think.

CNN probably should have left Baghdad in principle, but they could not have reported this story anyway, for fear of retribution against the camera man and his family.

30 posted on 04/14/2003 2:37:50 PM PDT by The Old Hoosier (Support our troops: Bring them home.)
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To: DannyTN
CNN says its silence on Iraq atrocities had nothing to do with maintaining access

And President Clinton did not have sexual relations with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.

31 posted on 04/14/2003 2:37:57 PM PDT by Poohbah (Crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and hear the lamentations of their women!)
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To: 2right
Well, I have a ruler right here, and I'd be glad to drive to Atlanta and use it.

~~~Howlin, aka The Penguin

32 posted on 04/14/2003 2:38:02 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: DannyTN
It's time to take CNN out.
33 posted on 04/14/2003 2:39:31 PM PDT by battlegearboat
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To: DannyTN
I'm trying to think of a counterexample that demonstrates CNN doesn't give a whit about saving lives (was CNN there with its klieg lights the night our special ops heroes showed up on the beach in Mogadishu?), but can't at the moment. But I'll bet a person wouldn't need to be all that diligent to unearth more than one case where CNN jeopardized the lives of our own troops, not to mention the lives of others.
34 posted on 04/14/2003 2:39:43 PM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: The Old Hoosier
Read what you are saying.

You are saying that ANY country in the entire world can obliterate ANY and ALL reporting their country by THREATENING a weasely reporter.

Never mind all the people who died during those 12 years because CNN towed the Iraqi line that they were not really bad people, that all the reports of torture were just lies by people mad at Hussein or bent on getting his oil.

Why is one lie different from another?
35 posted on 04/14/2003 2:40:36 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: Howlin
THAT IS THE QUESTION!

The other thing that totally galls me is how CNN bows at the altar of freedom of the press here in the USA and yet at the same time, is perfectly willing to do the bidding of a STATE OWNED press in despotic regime in order to perserve its special bureau. GOD, it's so disgusting. If they have to report the STATE line then why the h*ll be there in the first place? They should have pulled out of Baghdad with their reporters, Iraqis included, and reported the atrocities. Instead, they stayed and played along to get along.

36 posted on 04/14/2003 2:40:51 PM PDT by Wphile
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To: The Old Hoosier
but they could not have reported this story anyway

Did you read the original article: this wasn't the ONLY excuse they had, although they would love for you to think that it is.

And yes, they could have left Baghdad, and even if they didn't report THIS one story, they could have NOT slanted all their reporting FOR Iraq and AGAINST this country.

But they didn't.

37 posted on 04/14/2003 2:42:22 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: DannyTN
It sounds like they've hired Baghdad Bob as their PR spinmeister.

LQ
38 posted on 04/14/2003 2:42:50 PM PDT by LizardQueen
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To: Wphile; MamaLucci
MamaLucci had THE question the other night.

Imagine the White House telling CNN that they had to abide by their rules about what got reported or they'd be kicked out of the White House pool and cut off their access to ALL government reporting.

How long before CNN went live from the front lawn of the White House with THAT story?

12 years?

12 days?

12 seconds?

39 posted on 04/14/2003 2:44:12 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: DannyTN
A top CNN executive kept quiet about some atrocities in Iraq not because the network wanted to protect access but because it worried about putting lives in danger, CNN said Monday.

Bull.

40 posted on 04/14/2003 2:45:07 PM PDT by mhking
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To: DannyTN
How many Iraqi's, other than those CNN sought to protect, died or were tortured because CNN's veil of cowardice concealed from the world the true nature of their blackmailer's brutality?

RIP CNN.

41 posted on 04/14/2003 2:45:12 PM PDT by What Is Ain't
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To: Howlin
Yep and the same question could be asked of Dan Rather. Do you think there is any way in h*ll that Dan Rather would have agreed to those conditions to get an interview with President Bush? Of course not, so why they agree to do so with Sadaam Hussein is beyond me.

I HATE THE PRESSITUTES!

42 posted on 04/14/2003 2:46:30 PM PDT by Wphile
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt
Could this disclosure (aka failure to disclose) be the reason that the ABC-CNN merger fell through recently? Maybe CNN had a pang of conscience during the due diligence process. Inquiring minds want to know.
43 posted on 04/14/2003 2:46:32 PM PDT by NautiNurse
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44 posted on 04/14/2003 2:47:43 PM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Bu-bye Saddam! / Check out my Freeper site !: http://home.attbi.com/~freeper/wsb/index.html)
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To: Howlin
WOW! Way COOOOOL!
45 posted on 04/14/2003 2:48:32 PM PDT by ST.LOUIE1
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To: Wphile
Keep it up CNN and ABC. Ratings will continue to plunge. With Fox News' continued success, one day Fox may buy out both networks and get rid of their slanted, liberal bias.
46 posted on 04/14/2003 2:49:01 PM PDT by salmon76
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To: ST.LOUIE1
Print some up!
47 posted on 04/14/2003 2:49:22 PM PDT by Howlin (It's a great day to be an American -- or an Iraqi!)
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt; All

48 posted on 04/14/2003 2:50:32 PM PDT by tame (Tell Baghdad Bob I'm all ears.)
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nothing to do with access

Yes of course and you don't have to be CATHOLIC to become the pope either.

49 posted on 04/14/2003 2:51:04 PM PDT by PISANO
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To: DannyTN

"As Allah is my witne$$, CNN's silence on Iraq atrocities had nothing to do with maintaining acce$$!"


50 posted on 04/14/2003 2:53:26 PM PDT by GalaxieFiveHundred
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