This story got lost in the shuffle of the president’s historic “State of the Union” address. But it shouldn’t. CNN News Exec Eason Jordan was about to have to “face the music” for the second time in as many years.
In the “late edition” of the New York Times on April 11, 2003, Jordan was confessing on the editorial pages as to how he had been irresponsible and dishonest in his attempts to cover the news all the years that CNN had been the only “news” bureau allowed into Baghdad under the post-Gulf War Saddam era.
Some of us expressed our revulsion at the time. For a news executive in the world of free press, and supposedly disciplined with an understanding that the search of, and reporting of, actual facts, Jordan’s admission that CNN had taken the Saddam slant on nearly all important stories was sickening. Having known that he reported things that were not true, Jordan cleansed his conscience in 808 words on the pages of the bleeding-heart, pro-Saddam rag that the New York Times had become.
To my surprise, I found out this week that not only was “Baghdad Jordan” was still around, but he was still taking the enemy’s position on matters. This time, he was feeling comfortable enough to slander the good name of the men and women serving in the U.S. military.
Here’s how one eyewitness recorded the account at last week’s World Economic Forum:
During one of the discussions about the number of journalists killed in the Iraq War, Eason Jordan asserted that he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by U.S. troops in Iraq, but they had in fact been targeted. He repeated the assertion a few times, which seemed to win favor in parts of the audience (the anti-U.S. crowd) and cause great strain on others.
Other eyewitness accounts confirm the facts of the matter.
Without batting an eye, Jordan was willing to tarnish the character of the men and women serving to protect his right to do so. A few bloggers got hold of the story and began to raise response to it that finally CNN was required to answer the charges. I received this in my e-mail box on Thursday:
Many blogs have taken Mr. Jordan’s remarks out of context. Eason Jordan does not believe the U.S. military is trying to kill journalists. Mr. Jordan simply pointed out the facts: While the majority of journalists killed in Iraq have been slain at the hands of insurgents, the Pentagon has also noted that the U.S. military on occasion has killed people who turned out to be journalists. The Pentagon has apologized for those actions. Mr. Jordan was responding to an assertion by Cong. Frank that all 63 journalist victims had been the result of “collateral damage.”
It should be pointed out that, according to the eyewitness accounts, Congressman Barney Frank did not even enter the conversation until he rose to defend the honor of the U.S. troops.
That being said, the side-step-spin-slop that CNN is dishing out is par for the course. The man admitted in 2003 to making up the news, and here he is caught dead to rights.
I wrote of the University of Oregon’s ban on “Support the Troops” last week. This week, a major news executive at an increasingly less influential news network accuses them of “targeting and killing” journalists. (With the implication being “ones they disagreed with.”) And conversely, those very troops were securing 5,200 polling places in Iraq, and did such a fine job that not one of them was lost on Iraq’s election day.
The left in America is unhinged, and as long as they think they can get away with it, the “Baghdad Jordan’s” of the world will continue to prime the pump for the hatred of America to be stoked.
Well I’m not taking it sitting down – and neither should you.
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