Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Blowing Smoke: CNN Claims US Military Out To Get Them - Updated

Meet Eason Jordan of CNN. At the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, Mr. Jordan claimed to know of 12 journalists who had been killed by the US military in Iraq. And no, he didn't mean in friendly fire incidents, he meant that they'd been targeted specifically and eliminated. The Forum's resident blogger was there and reports:

::::::::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.

Due to the nature of the forum, I was able to directly challenge Eason, asking if he had any objective and clear evidence to backup these claims, because if what he said was true, it would make Abu Ghraib look like a walk in the park. David Gergen was also clearly disturbed and shocked by the allegation that the U.S. would target journalists, foreign or U.S. He had always seen the U.S. military as the providers of safety and rescue for all reporters.

Eason seemed to backpedal quickly, but his initial statements were backed by other members of the audience (one in particular who represented a worldwide journalist group). The ensuing debate was (for lack of better words) a real "sh--storm". What intensified the problem was the fact that the session was a public forum being taped on camera, in front of an international crowd. The other looming shadow on what was going on was the presence of a U.S. Congressman and a U.S. Senator in the middle of some very serious accusations about the U.S. military.
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This is the face of the journalism of the left - drop the bomb of an accusation and then totally refuse to back it up with anything remotely approaching evidence. That his words were immediately picked up (as reported later in the forum's blog) by the Arab press who congratulated Jordan as a courageous man is unsurprising. Also unsurprising is the press time these accusations are getting in the Arab media. Jordan just handed them this little gem of a story on a silver platter and took off it with. On the basis of nothing he can prove, nothing he can cite, he maligns our entire military and gives away all the opposition needs to paint them as murdering bastards. On this alone, he should be fired and an apology to those troops should be issued by CNN.

Mr. Jordan's actions are, in fact, nearly treasonous, if not actually so. He makes statements that will do absolutely nothing but give aid and comfort to those trying to prolong this war and who are actively trying to kill American soldiers. If he's got proof, come out with it. If not, then he needs to unequivocally say so and CNN needs to terminate his employment. Unless they approve of this sort of thing.

Hat tip: LGF, Hugh Hewitt, Forumblog

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Update: Following some advice over on Hugh Heweitt's blog, I tossed a comment over to CNN about Mr. Jordan. Their auto-reply feature is working and in a few moments I got an e-mail back from them indicating they'd gotten the comment. It's the sign-off at the bottom of the message I found to be quite ironic:

::::::::Sincerely,

CNN Public Information

"CNN, The Most Trusted Name In News"
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Yeah. Right.