I don’t know about you, but this remark chapped my behind.
“After 23 years at CNN, I have decided to resign in an effort to prevent CNN from being unfairly tarnished by the controversy over conflicting accounts of my recent remarks regarding the alarming number of journalists killed in Iraq,” Jordan said in a letter to colleagues.
The only “conflicting account” came from Eason Jordan. Everyone else reported the same thing.
By resigning, Jordan has admitted that the account given by his accusers is correct. He falsely accused U.S. soldiers of murdering journalists. The WEF could have easily released only the tape of his remarks had he requested them to. That would not have violated any ethics or confidentiality.
If his account were true, simply releasing the tape would have made his accusers look like idiots. He had every reason to release them — assuming he was telling the truth.
The extend to which blogs have shaped news events is often up for debate. Let there be no mistake… This was a clean kill. Even 5 years ago, he would have gotten away with it. The relentless pressure of the blogosphere made it clear that he had some explaining to do. When a sitting United States Senator called for him to release the tapes, it was all over.
Eason Jordan has been a blight on CNN and the profession of journalism for years. It is so much the better he is gone. But simply resigning from CNN is not enough. This man must, by self-selection or blogosphere guilt, never be allowed to control a media outlet again. His reckless disregard for the truth is disqualification enough without bringing his anti-American bias into it.
Perhaps he can go teach somewhere… because the blogosphere has a very long memory.
Update Howie Kurtz still hasn’t figured out that Jordan isn’t signing his checks any more. Kurtz tried to lay it off as a blogosphere hit job… Never once mentioning that Jordan could just show us the tape. Typical MSM bullshit.