Skip to comments.Warping the news
Posted on 02/05/2005 9:29:46 PM PST by 82Marine89
If U.S. troops in Iraq targeted journalists for assassination, that would be a huge story. If the source of the story were a top cable news executive, it would earn continuous coverage.
CNN's chief news executive, Eason Jordan, said Jan. 27 on a world stage that "he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by U.S. troops, but they had in fact been targeted," according to Rony Abovitz of the World Economic Forum's weblog.
Problem is, Jordan has provided no facts to substantiate this very serious charge. Now the claim, which Jordan floated at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is spreading through anti-American circles in Europe and the Middle East.
Jordan's words matter because CNN is, in the eyes of much of the world, the "voice of America." If its news chief is reporting fabrications to global leaders at elite summits, it's another blow to media credibility at home, and to the United States' reputation abroad.
Officially, CNN says, "Mr. Jordan emphatically does not believe that the U.S. military intended to kill journalists and believes these accidents to be cases of 'mistaken identity.'"
Nice try, but that's not what he said in Davos, according to multiple news accounts, including one from a former CNN reporter who was there.
In fact, about 36 journalists were killed in Iraq in 2003 and 2004 -- 12 as a result of American fire. All but one of those cases was accidental, according to an independent account by the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York based free-press advocacy group. In the other case, intent was not clear.
CNN bills itself as the "world's most respected news network." If the network expects to sell that slogan, it will need a more honest top executive than Eason Jordan.
I notice the Press didn't have any trouble running with that General's "It's fun to shoot people who beat their women" crack.
CNN all the news to demoralize American troops and while giving aid & comfort to America's enemies in a time of war.
In the Middle East, CNN and Al Jazerra share the same sattelite feed. Go figure.
If U.S. troops in Iraq targeted journalists for assassination, they might start reporting the war fairly. Or not at all, either of which would be an improvement.
So true and well put.
They won't tell you that the so-called journalists were probably running with the Iraqi terrorists. How else does CNN get pictures of the shooting at American troops. I think most of them were caught in the wrong place at the wrong time and paid for it.
It's now moving from the blogosphere to the second tier press--Tomorrow the vlogs will have the transcript of the Davos remarks and the MSM will have little choice but to break their wall of silence and carry the story..Watch this space.
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On military and the media ...plus he hopes to have the Eason Jordan video tape this week.
"If CNN ... it will need a more honest top executive than Eason Jordan."
NO DUH!! And since it was Eason Jordan who hid in Iraq for 12 years and never revealed what Saddam was doing to his own people. Keeping that information from the public was an elitist, arrogant, misinterpretation of journalism's job.
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