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The New York Times reports:

Eason Jordan, a senior executive at CNN who was responsible for coordinating the cable network’s Iraq coverage, resigned abruptly last night, citing a journalistic tempest he touched off during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, late last month in which he appeared to suggest that United States troops were targeting and killing journalists.

Not a single word about this “journalistic tempest�? appeared in the NYT prior to Jordan’s departure.

UPDATE. Howard Kurtz—himself criticised for dodging the Jordan story—notes that “the establishment press was slow to pick up on the controversy�?:

The Washington Post and Boston Globe published stories Tuesday and the Miami Herald ran one Thursday. Also on Thursday, Wall Street Journal editorial board member Bret Stephens, who was at Davos, published an account accusing Jordan of “defamatory innuendo,” and the Associated Press moved a story. As of yesterday, the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and USA Today had not carried a staff-written story, and the CBS, NBC and ABC nightly news programs had not reported the matter.

Lotsa Jordan-related links here at InstaLand.

Posted by Tim B. on 02/11/2005 at 11:13 PM
    1. CNN’s Eason Jordan has resigned.

      Oh, and in case no one else has brought this up yet…

      [dance] cabbage patch [/dance]
      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 12 at 01:02 AM • permalink


    1. One can only hope that the disgrace of the coverup doesn’t stop with Mr. Jordan.

      Posted by charles austin on 2005 02 12 at 01:22 AM • permalink


    1. B…bu… but they got JEFF GANNON!!!!

      Posted by Sortelli on 2005 02 12 at 01:36 AM • permalink


    1. I feel a strange need to celebrate, riot, and loot.

      [Richard, what is with the “cabbage patch” dance thing? Purely coincidentally, I suppose, I was writing about cabbage heads in cabbage patches earlier today – nuanced Liberal brains peeling off layers of meaning to find nothing remaining within except Old Bubba the reptilian redneck. Any connection?]
      Posted by J. Peden on 2005 02 12 at 02:18 AM • permalink


    1. “…now I am become Death [Shiva], the destroyer of worlds…”

      Physicist Robert Oppenheimer
      Supervising Scientist Manhattan Project

      Or… I am become blog, destroy of MSM careers.

      It’s about bloody time the Ida Tarbells of the world had some accountability. For 100+ years, reputations have been ruined by the media, justly or otherwise. Now what’s at stake includes both the reputation of the MSM itself and reputations the media would rather remain intact. About bloody time.

      Fortunately, the instapundits of the world can be impugned in exactly the same way, which is exactly how it should be. It’s an historic occasion.

      Posted by taspundit on 2005 02 12 at 02:35 AM • permalink


    1. Nah, bloggers had nothing to do with it. Pure co-incidence. How do I know this?
      ‘Cos Phillip Adams told me so – that’s why!
      All this stuff about blogs being a new force in the area of communications and media is just so much nonsense. Phil got it straight from the the foremost Australian expert on the field. And Bob Carr would know!

      Posted by Boss Hog on 2005 02 12 at 02:57 AM • permalink


    1. Actually, Treason Jordon’s resignation comes a couple of years late – it should have happened when he admitted that CNN had been covering up Iraq’s criminal behavior in order to preserve “access”.

      Posted by Bruce Lagasse on 2005 02 12 at 04:19 AM • permalink


    1. Boss Hog said; And Bob Carr would know!
      Wasn’t Bob Carr(NSW Premier) totally unaware of the internet’s capacity for soliciitation of children by pedophiles?
      Great to see the Premier is up to speed yet again with current technology.

      Posted by gubbaboy on 2005 02 12 at 05:42 AM • permalink


    1. The MSM will never admit how influential the blogsphere is but it doesn’t matter because the blogshpere knows it and it seems that is what counts.

      Posted by Melanie on 2005 02 12 at 09:23 AM • permalink


    1. J. Peden — The Cabbage Patch is the victory dance of the clumsy white man.  Pump your fists horizontally in front of you in unison while swivelling your hips.  Particularly effective when done by clumsy white men to whom carbohydrates are not unknown, for the harmonic wobbles that are often set up.

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 12 at 11:27 AM • permalink


    1. re: “Jeff Gannon”  To paraphrase Stan Lee:

      “We are blog! Immortal blog!  We can never be destroyed!  Cut off a head, and ten thousand will take its place!”

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 12 at 11:31 AM • permalink


    1. It is at least a little curious that the NYT reported the Jordan resignation in the business section.  Sure, that is the place where most executive resignations would be reported, but the Jordan story is not the sort of thing that would appeal to the people looking for business news per se.  It was really about politics.  Do you think the times put it there because the business editor thought it was high time that the NYT said something about it?  Or do you think it went there to sort of excuse the absence of coverage up to that point?

      Posted by TigerHawk on 2005 02 12 at 12:44 PM • permalink


    1. CNN’s Eason Jordan has resigned.

      Does that mean that the US military will/can not target him any more?

      Posted by jorgen on 2005 02 12 at 01:43 PM • permalink


    1. Jorgen — Just the National Guard, one weekend a month,

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 12 at 02:29 PM • permalink


    1. Or… I am become blog, destroy of MSM careers.

      I am [x] of Blog. Resistance is useless. You will be fact-checked.


      Posted by rosignol on 2005 02 12 at 02:51 PM • permalink


    1. Republicans Steal 2008 Election

      Posted by richard mcenroe on 2005 02 12 at 04:53 PM • permalink


    1. I’m sorry, I don’t know how you all can be cheerful over Eason Jordan going the way of the dodo when… *sob* JEFF GANNON…

      I’m sorry, guys, the Kos kids REALLY have us up the creek this time.  Forget about Rather and Eason.  They got JEFF GANNON, who was responsible for… uh… he…

      What did he do again?

      Posted by Sortelli on 2005 02 12 at 05:52 PM • permalink


    1. Paul McGeough next?

      Posted by slatts on 2005 02 12 at 09:27 PM • permalink


    1. The msm wants in to blogging, and radio stations want in on podcasting, but copyright limits them to using music they own or have rights to, or …shudder …Talk!!

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 02 12 at 10:23 PM • permalink


    1. Anti-US conspiracy theorist Neil McDonald has been making similar accusations in, of all placves. QUADRANT! Why Paddy McGuinness keeps him on is beyond me. A communication to him asking why (quadrantmonthly@ozemail.com.au ) might not come amiss.

      Posted by Susan Norton on 2005 02 12 at 10:29 PM • permalink


    1. I would have preferred it if Jordan wouldn’t have resigned, but the video had been published. I mean, that’s the point ins’t it, the search and exposure of truth, rather than bagging a scalp?

      But it was not to be. It would be uncharitable to think that the video was so damaging that CNN gave Eason the boot – or it would be, if they’d published anything whatsover about it beforehand. As it is, we have the entertaining spectacle of MSM reporting the outcome, without having mentioned the events leading up to it. It’s alsmost as if there was a culture of leftist bias – but surely not.

      Never mind: CNN eventually buried reported the loss of their Chief News Executive under the Entertainment section. And that says something about the CNN corporate culture that no blogger could ever equal. For Entertaining it most certainly was.

      Posted by Zoe Brain on 2005 02 12 at 11:00 PM • permalink


    1. The New York Times gives us another example of what might be termed ‘Rathergate Syndrome’, wherein an eventual admission of guilt is couched in the lightest and most evasive possible terms.

      With Rathergate, it was words to the effect of ‘the memos could not be definitively proven to be accurate’ instead of ‘the memos were proven to be forgeries’.

      Now with Easongate, it’s ‘appeared to suggest’ instead of ‘stated’, which by most accounts seems to be more accurate.

      Bias like this shames the whole profession of journalism.

      Posted by blandwagon on 2005 02 13 at 09:43 PM • permalink


  1. Journo or not, it’s tough to admit that which would leave one’s world in ruins.  To think that possibly, other people have a point about what they’ve said about one’s questionable priorities and dubious relationship to the truth?  To even dare to entertain the notion that one’s problems are one’s own fault?  Hell, I’d rather die.

    Posted by Nightfly on 2005 02 14 at 03:12 PM • permalink