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February 05, 2005

Jordan v. Mattis

Hugh Hewitt is a master of his craft and proves it with his description of the MSM's disparate treatment of Jordan and Mattis.

It took only 48 hours for four major newspapers to run stories on comments made by Lt. Gen. Mattis this past Tuesday (here, here, here, and here [HT: Hugh]). The General provided the MSM with a meaty sound bite, "It's fun to shoot some people" and they went with it.

But why the blackout of the apparently equally meaty soundbites provided by CNN Chief Eason Jordan? According to one blogger who was present during Jordan's remarks,

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.

We know that there is video of the event, and we know that the MSM is "investigating," but why, after more than a week since Jordan's statements, has there not been a single MSM story on the subject?

CNN asserted that bloggers have taken Eason's statements out of context. This is laughable coming on the heels of the Mattis story where almost every MSM sound bite of Mattis that I saw left out key context. The point is that Jordan's comments may be taken out of context or misrepresented by numerous witnesses, but this possibility makes it is more imperative, not less, for the MSM to cover the story and to set the bloggers straight. Judging from this account, and Jordan's history of similar statements, the full context is likely to be more condemning of Jordan.

At first I was willing to cut the MSM some slack on this one. But they have now run out of rope.

Posted by Rick at February 5, 2005 07:33 PM

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I wasn't willing to cut them slack, but could understand why others did. But in the past 24 hours I've noticed even politically center to center-left bloggers starting to turn on them (Joel Rosen, and Joe Gandelman to name a couple). The MSM is not going to succeed in holding this down, and the longer it takes for them to do their job and report this, the worse the hit to their reputation.

Posted by: Doug at February 5, 2005 08:59 PM

Eason must have been referring to reporters from the Zarqawi Post-Dispatch, Sharia Times Picayune, and the Jihad Science Monitor. . .

Posted by: Spear Shaker at February 5, 2005 11:32 PM

Eason made almost the same smear in Oct just before the election; only the # murdered was diff. CNN is Ted Turners's baby. Ted has hated America since he first put some of his inheritance into a sailboat 40 years ago.CNN has not, and will not, punish Eason for this reason. The lesson from Rathergate is that the MSM is of one opinon when it comes to smearing America - do not cover the truth.

Posted by: Rod Stanton at February 6, 2005 08:45 AM

Where did Eason get his information? Chief Churchill perhaps?

Posted by: Jim at February 6, 2005 12:27 PM

the MSM long ago reliqished credability when they decided to accept " Tolerance " for " Truth "

Posted by: Craig at February 6, 2005 12:35 PM

The breach between reality and the grist promulgated by the MSM continues to grow wider. By its own volition -- its refusal to cover major stories that happen not to align with its obvious agenda -- its relevance continues to fade. Senior management (no, not dimwitted moonbats like Eason Jordan, I mean the board members and executive leadership teams) are demonstrating continued irresponsibility. It's one thing to pursue a partisan agenda. It's another to blithely preside over a catastrophic destruction of shareholder value.

Posted by: directorblue at February 6, 2005 12:43 PM

What is "MSM"?? Your format is not new reader friendly.

Posted by: Jim Vanairsdale at February 6, 2005 03:05 PM

Jim, I apologize. MSM is short for "Main Stream Media."

Posted by: Rick Brady at February 6, 2005 03:10 PM