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HonestReporting ^ | 13 April 2003 | HonestReporting Communique

Posted on 04/13/2003 10:17:29 AM PDT by yonif

HonestReporting Communique 13 April 2003


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Dear HonestReporting Member,

In a shocking New York Times opinion piece, CNN's chief news executive Eason Jordan has admitted that for the past decade the network has systematically covered up stories of Iraqi atrocities. Reports of murder, torture, and planned assassinations were suppressed in order to maintain CNN's Baghdad presence.

Read Jordan's op-ed at:

Jordan has not always been so candid -- nor honest. Just six months ago, when challenged regarding the veracity of CNN's Baghdad reports, Jordan stated:

"CNN has demonstrated again and again that it has a spine; that it's prepared to be forthright... we work very hard to report forthrightly, to report fairly and to report accurately and if we ever determine we cannot do that, then we would not want to be there [in Iraq]."


HonestReporting member Arnold Roth, whose teenage daughter was killed in the Palestinian terrorist attack at Jerusalem's Sbarro restaurant, submits the following response to Jordan's confession:

"Over the past 18 months, since the Sbarro massacre, my wife Frimet and I have grown increasingly appalled at the display of poor journalistic and ethical values of a procession of reporters, photographers, journalists and media analysts. Some of them have misreported on events about which we had personal knowledge. Others have come to our home or invited us to their studios and directly interviewed us -- and then did disgraceful things with the material they collected. CNN and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation are at the top of a depressingly long list.

"After a disclosure as broad-reaching and shocking as Eason Jordan's, why would we trust anything that comes from CNN? By covering up these stories, CNN helped the evil regime of Saddam Hussein remain in power, for no other reason than sheer cowardice. CNN believed -- wrongly and reprehensibly -- that remaining in Baghdad was more important that reporting the truth.

"CNN and Eason Jordan are certainly not alone. From personal knowledge, some of the biggest media names regularly, consistently tell lies and deny it. This is especially true in relation to how they report on the Palestinian Arab war of terror against our children. This continues until today. It will go on until ordinary people like you and me speak out and demand that it ends. Every one of us needs to consider carefully what we can do. But doing something constructive is imperative."


Now that this senior CNN executive has come clean, it leaves us wondering: In what other regions ruled by terrorist dictators do the media toe the party line so as to remain in good stead? It is known that the Palestinian Authority, since its very establishment, has employed brutal methods of intimidation against journalists.

For specific examples, see HonestReporting's expose, "Palestinian Intimidation of the Press":

Have the major international news agencies also withheld information on the PA in order to stay on good terms with Arafat's henchmen? As HonestReporting chronicled on another occasion, CNN has at the very least lent credence to patent lies stated by the Palestinian Authority:

Now that CNN has turned sincere, admitting it buried stories that would smear Mideast dictators, perhaps the time has come for more comprehensive, honest reporting in the region.

HonestReporting encourages members to respond to the Jordan admission by demanding that media agencies report the facts, including efforts to intimidate Mideast journalists. If news agencies must buy access to dictators' regions through the omission of telling violence, we must insist that they either report the truth, or leave.

Thank you for your ongoing involvement in the battle against media bias.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bias; cnn; easonjordan; honestreporting; iraq

1 posted on 04/13/2003 10:17:29 AM PDT by yonif
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To: yonif
Can any rational human believe Turner OR CNN? Absolutely NOT.
They are compelled to destroy justice, liberty, and the American way.


The New Destruction of Western Civilization by, and on, CNN



A program on 'Our Planned Future Complete Destruction of Israel'
narrated by Sheila MacVicar, Andrea Koppel and Terrorist Arafat.


How the USA lost in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Ms. Fonda Turner returns for 'Our Past and Future Treason against America'

Ted Turner will tell of his being "a student at Brown University
...kicked out for painting swastikas on the doors of Jewish student's rooms."
Turner will give an intro into turning Hate Crime,
like his, into paying off with billions and billions of $$$$$$$$.

Ted Turner, June 18, 2002: "So who are the terrorists?
I would make a case that both sides are involved in terrorism.

Ted Turner lists the 50 compelling reasons that
CNN sponsors, highlights, and supports Palestinian murderers.
CNN will continue to focus on the murderers calling the despicable terrorists "suicide bombers".

CNN argues that all murder and terrorism against Americans and Jews
is not really terrorism but is just a "CNN-reasonable alternative".

Ted Turner lists how he and his lawyers scr$#ed
"the descendants of 47 black residents who pooled their money in 1920 to
purchase a 328-acre plantation"
CNN harbors terrorists. It always has been, and apparently always will be.

4 posted on 04/13/2003 10:57:53 AM PDT by Diogenesis (If you mess with one of us, you mess with all of us.)
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To: yonif
"After a disclosure as broad-reaching and shocking as Eason Jordan's, why would we trust anything that comes from CNN? By covering up these stories, CNN helped the evil regime of Saddam Hussein remain in power, for no other reason than sheer cowardice. CNN believed -- wrongly and reprehensibly -- that remaining in Baghdad was more important that reporting the truth."

Please stop cutting them such slack - you are being FAR too kind. CNN chose to cover up atrocities for RATINGS. Ratings=MONEY. Thus, CNN willingly became accessories and accomplices to war crimes and crimes against humanity as a matter of corporate PROFIT.

CNN is a criminal and terrorist-abetting organization and should be treated as such by the Bush Administration.

Try, and HANG, them all!

5 posted on 04/13/2003 2:16:08 PM PDT by demosthenes the elder (If *I* can afford $5/month to support FR: SO CAN YOU)
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To: Diogenesis

Here's the fool who called Christ a loser. Guess again, Ted. Christ is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, who will rule the earth after Satan's regime is brought down and relegated to the ash heap of history. You may be powerful and wealthy for now because you have been rewarded by Satan for doing his bidding and kissing his butt, but when the regime of Satan is no more, you'll end up just like the Ba'ath party loyalists who were rewarded by Saddam but are now either dead or running for their lives now that Saddam is out. So the loser is you, Ted, for it gains a man nothing to own the world and lose his soul. Your billions are as nothing compared to the treasure in Heaven you could have had but do not.

6 posted on 04/13/2003 8:11:47 PM PDT by laz17 (Socialism is the religion of the atheist.)
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To: yonif
CNNs of Commission Q ERTY8 BUMP!

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7 posted on 04/15/2003 5:06:56 AM PDT by Mia T (SCUM (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations))
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