Saturday, February 12, 2005

Bloggers 3, MSM 0

Yesterday CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan resigned amid stories circulating about him in the blogosphere. If you haven't heard, Mr. Jordan made some wild accusations last week while in Switzerland. He claimed to know of twelve cases where reporters, who had been killed in Iraq, were specifically targeted by the U.S. military. After sticking his foot in his mouth, Jordan refused to provide any evidence to support his accusations.

During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum last month, Jordan said he believed that several journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq had been targeted.

The most telling thing about this whole episode is the fact that this was completely ignored by the main stream media (MSM). As has happened with Memogate, it was the bloggers like Michelle Malkin, Hugh Hewitt and Ace, who broke this story and kept hounding it until something happened. This has become a monumental demonstration of the hubris of the MSM. If Mr. Jordan were correct, the U.S. military has committed war crimes by deliberately targeting reporters, which should be investigated. Or else, Mr. Jordan, a major excutive with a major news network is spreading bald faced lies about the U.S. military. Either way, this should be a big story. Yet the MSM has let the whole thing slide, either not noticing it (which I think is unlikely considering the blog time this has had), or actively ignoring it.

Now Mr. Jordan has resigned his position with CNN to spare the company any "tarnish."

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

Don't expect this story to die just yet. Just because Jordan has quit his job, I expect there are still a lot of people (my self included) who still want to get to the bottom of this story. Why would Jordan have made such a claim and then backtrack faster than Bill Clinton on a Friday night? What has happened to the tape and transcripts of the event, and why haven't they been published?
"I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise," Jordan said in a memo to fellow staff members at CNN.