Friday, February 11, 2005

Bloggers bring down head of CNN! 
Eason Jordan resigns.

CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit Friday amidst a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the U.S. military in Iraq (news - web sites).

Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being "unfairly tarnished" by the controversy.

Well, CNN was already tarnished by his very presence.* But CNN didn't have to be further tarnished by it. All they had to do was cover the story honestly.

Eason Jordan is really quitting to avoid putting CNN in a position where they had to cover the story.

Really, it's not so much what he said that tarnishes CNN or anyone else. Anyone can say something stupid, and anyone can mispeak himself.

What disgraces CNN, and what really disgraces Big Media, including the Washington Post, including the New York Times, including AP, is their refusal to seriously cover the controversy in the first place.

Splash, out


**Let's not overplay that, though. I think a lot of people would have made the same decision Eason did not to report some of the horror stories he was finding out about Saddam's regime. I am sure I would have done my best to avoid endangering the lives of my employees, too.

I don't know why he couldn't have leaked the stories to other news outlets, though, with the details masked in such a way that the real source, CNN, could not be identified.

Could he just not bear a competitor getting a story?

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