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February 11, 2005

Eason Jordan Quits

Breaking news (well for me anyway - it broke a couple of hours ago): Eason Jordan resigned his position at CNN today.

On Hardball this past weekend, Hugh told Chris Mathews something that he didn't know: the Eason Jordan story would be huge news this week. I doubt even Hugh could have guessed that Jordan would have resigned by week's end.

Another chapter for the 2nd Edition of Blog. Hugh, future editions of your book will practically write themselves. What a great gig you have! :-)

MEMO TO BLOGOSPHERE: The victory lap needs to be short and sweet. Time to move on (Confirmation hearings, North Korea, Iran, Social Security, etc)

Posted by Rick at February 11, 2005 08:07 PM

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Sigh. Now that I have that out of my system....

Posted by: TheAnchoress at February 12, 2005 12:24 AM

MEMO TO BLOGOSPHERE: The victory lap needs to be short and sweet. Time to move on (Confirmation hearings, North Korea, Iran, Social Security, etc)

Point taken regarding the triumphant backslapping. Back to work!

Posted by: eLarson at February 12, 2005 10:43 AM

Yes, the point was the truth, to see for ourselves what was said at Davos, make up our own minds, and as Jim Gehraghty at TKS said, let the consequences work themselves out. (I am paraphrasing.) For Eason Jordan to resign without our seeing the tape, is like winning a race by having an opponent disqualified. We needn't gloat.

Posted by: Vasily at February 12, 2005 07:50 PM

I write five one-minute radio commentaries for stations in NC and SC... and had already posted one on 2/9 about Eason Jordan and the "Dog That Didn't Bark" -- had another ready for 2/14 for the second round -- only to have to substitute this one to air tomorrow.

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Just a minute – "LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS" read a factory poster in World War II. CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan found that out Friday amidst a furor generated by remarks he made in Davos Switzerland last month about journalists he said the U.S. military in Iraq had tortured or killed.
We said on February ninth it was the "dog that didn’t bark" because mainstream media remained silent about Jordan.
When "the dog finally barked" Jordan backed off his ‘loose lipped’ pronouncement and excused himself saying he was quitting to avoid CNN being unfairly tarnished. But he had a previous record of being in effect a ‘loose cannon.’ He added in an internal memo he never believed journalists were killed with "ill-intent."
Those witnesses both in Switzerland and Portugal won’t let him off the hook that easy. People aren’t tortured without ill-intent. Jordan is just the most recent target of the "blogosphere," who hit the dirt after playing loose with the truth. Ask Dan Rather, Jayson Blair or for that matter – John Kerry.
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Posted by: Jack Buttram at February 13, 2005 11:16 PM