Friday, February 04, 2005
Eason Jordan - CNN Chief News Executive - Accuses US Military Of Targeting and Killing US and Foreign Reporters
Rony Abovitz posts a detailed description of a meeting held to discuss medial and the war. During the meeting, Eason Jordan accused the US military of purposely targeting and killing both US and foreign reporters and media personel. I'm sure that there are tons of conspiracy theorists out there who believe this but none are running CNNs news division. The fact that the chief news executive has such outlandish things to say about the US miliary and their actions just puts an exclamation point on the "left and getting lefter" slant which has been CNN since it became Fox New's red headed step child. Hugh Hewitt has posted his radio interiew with Rony Abovitz which expands on the above linked original article concerning Jordans rant.
At a discussion moderated by David R. Gergen, the Director for Public Leadership, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, the concept of truth, fairness, and balance in the news was weighed against corporate profit interest, the need for ratings, and how the media can affect democracy. The panel included Richard Sambrook, the worldwide director of BBC radio, U.S. Congressman Barney Frank, Abdullah Abdullah, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan, and Eason Jordan, Chief News Executive of CNN. The audience was a mix of journalists, WEF attendees (many from Arab countries), and a US Senator from Connecticut, Chris Dodd.
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 US 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-US crowd) and cause great strain on others.