Thursday, February 03, 2005

Eason Jordon Clarifies Statements!

Rebecca MacKinnon received this message from Eason Jordon - Executive Vice President and Chief News Executive of CNN:

Here's what's important. First, I stressed insurgents are to blame for the vast majority of the 63 journalist deaths in Iraq. Second, when Congressman Franks said the 63 journalists killed in Iraq were the unfortunate victims of "collateral damage," I felt compelled to dispute that by pointing out journalists in Iraq are being targeted -- I did not say all journalists killed were targeted, but that some were shot at on purpose and were not collateral damage victims. In response to a question about whether I believed the U.S. military meant to kill journalists in Iraq, I said, no, I did not believe the U.S. military was trying to kill journalists in Iraq. Yet, unfortunately, U.S. forces have killed several people who turned out to be journalists. In several cases, the U.S. troops who killed those people aimed and fired at them, not knowing they were shooting at journalists. However tragic and, in hindsight, by Pentagon admission, a mistake, such a killing does not fall into the "collateral damage" category. In Iraq and Washington, I have worked closely and constructively with U.S. military and civilian leaders in an effort to heighten the odds of survival for the courageous journalists in Iraq.


In a follow-up email he added:

Most importantly, I do not believe the U.S. is trying to kill journalists in Iraq. To the contrary, the U.S. military has worked hard to protect journalists in Iraq. Nevertheless, there have been several tragic episodes in which U.S. forces killed journalists in what turned out to be cases not of collateral damage but of mistaken identity. Feel free to paste that, too.
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Ed at Captain's Quarters has a link showing that Eason Jordan - Chief News Executive of CNN - saying:"Actions speak louder than words. The reality is that at least 10 journalists have been killed by the US military, and according to reports I believe to be true journalists have been arrested and tortured by US forces," Mr Jordan told an audience of news executives at the News Xchange conference in Portugal.

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So we have a joker that has, on the record, blasted the U.S. military as an organization that 'tortures' journalists. CNN's archives hold no story to this effect (Link at Captains Quarters to the search page)...

Personally I think that Eason Jordan is a victim in all of this. We should pity the man. It is only obvious he is a victim.

Eason Jordan is a victim of the Peter Principle' which states: Employees within an organization will advance to their highest level of competence and then be promoted to and remain at a level at which they are incompetent.

Transcripts of the meeting would help...