DATE: 2/04/2005 09:33:00 AM
Media Stonewalling - Eason Jordan has yet to either deny or explain the comments he made at Davos accusing the American military of deliberately targeting journalists. The Washington Times editorial on the subject today mentions all of the stories Jordan has told regarding the military and journalists and finds them lacking in specifics.
CNN is now on the spot. Will they ask Jordan to either prove his slanders or resign? Or will they take the CBS route, stonewall until they think the storm will blow over? We already know, based on a speech Jordan made to students at Harvard University, that Jordan thinks globally before he thinks of the United States:
I don't care, and CNN doesn't care, and Ted Turner doesn't care what the U.S. government thinks. We're going to do what we think is right for us, while still doing everything we can to observe the laws and regulations of this nation and other nations, but being creative in circumventing them in the process if we need to do that to report accurately and fairly and impartially and independently to our viewers around the world.
We are a U.S. news organization, and we make no apologies for that. We're grateful for all of the freedoms that come along with being a U.S. news organization. Unfortunately, those freedoms do not extend beyond U.S. borders at times, and that's where we run into big problems at times with the U.S. government.
We are a global network, and we take global interest first, not U.S. interests first.Eason Jordan loves the freedom the United States gives him, but doesn't seem to mind slandering the ones who make that freedom possible.
He has to go.