Friday, February 04, 2005

Thank you, Mr. Jordan 
The Poynter institute is still silent on the evolving Eason Jordan fiasco.

Finger on the pulse.

Now that the story is no longer limited to the usual cabal of cantankerous bloggers, but has been published in the Washington Times, the story gets harder to ignore.

What Jordan has apparently done - accusing American soldiers, without evidence, of deliberately targeting, torturing, and killing journalists, including three CNN colleagues (what were their names, Mr. Jordan?) is an order of magnitude scummier to me than anything in Rathergate.

At least with Rathergate, I can ascribe that at least in part to overzealousness about a story they must have believed to be true, regardless of the facts.

Here, Mr. Jordan cannot have believed that US troops killed three of his CNN colleagues in Iraq, because, well, IT DIDN'T HAPPEN!

So, unless Mr. Jordan can come up with the who, what, when, why, and where pronto, it's clear he doesn't have the stature, or the commitment to factual basis and a culture of verification, to lead CNN anymore.

I was once a Time, Inc. reporter. I was thrilled to be part of that organization, and proud to be part of that reporting tradition.

Thanks, Mr. Jordan, for crapping on it for all of us.

Splash, out


Rathergate Dan is still the anchor five months after the clumsy smear on the President. Boses do not fire, nor punish, loyal and obedient employees. Ted Turner hates America as much as Redstone.
Rod Stanton
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