Monday, February 14, 2005

Jordan Resigns -- Let the Conservative Bashing Begin

NEW YORK -- CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan resigned late Friday after controversial remarks that initially claimed U.S. troops targeted journalists in Iraq.

In a memo to CNN employees, Jordan said he made his decision "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."

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So now the conservatives have another shiny new toy to play with in their beloved game of "Liberal Media Bias."

I'm not going to defend Jordan, just as I made no effort to defend Dan Rather.

Jordan screwed up in a big way when he made his alleged comments on Jan. 27, during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. He reportedly said that 12 journalists had been targeted and killed by U.S. troops in Iraq, then backpedaled after he was challenged.

"I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise," Jordan wrote Friday.

Not only was Jordan wrong to make such an accusation without backing, but he also hurt his company's credibility, and the profession of journalism overall.

As a result of his unfortunate comments, Jordan becomes the latest poster-child for "liberal media bias," as conservatives will push the assumption that Jordan's personal beliefs were represetnative of CNN's overall coverage. Don't forget that CNN, in conservative lingo, will always be the "Clinton News Network."

It's the same old story. Dan Rather acted sloppily when he failed to fact-check a 60 Minutes story about President Bush's Vietnam-era National Guard service -- remember that a panel co-chaired by former Republican attorney Dick Thornburgh found that there was no evidence suggesting Rather showed bias (http://jabbs.blogspot.com/2005/01/conservatives-say-otherwise-but-panel.html#). But to conservatives, Rather will always be the king of "liberal media bias," and the 60 Minutes fiasco did little to change that.

In truth, I could list for you at the drop of a hat dozens of items that show conservative media bias -- in The New York Times, The Washington Post and elsewhere.

But look at the comments section on JABBS, and you see a mindset among conservatives. They don't believe in conservative media bias. They believe in Dan Rather and now, Eason Jordan. 'Nuff said.

My job has just gotten that much tougher.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

not a conservative nor a liberal. there is no conservative bias other than on radio.

rahter was a different story than this one for many reasons, the least of which was his prominence, penchance for liberal views throughout his career, his dislike of Bush, the timing of the report and the refusal to back off of it.

Jordan unfortunately made a mistake and i do not believe it reflects on CNN one way or another as far as the overall reporting goes. It may reflect on Jordan's views, as my understanding is that he was pretty clear as to what he said and he said it to congressman (liberal ones at that) who were shocked at the accusation. But i do not believe Jordan's views are all that important in the scheme of things.

10:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jordan was the head of CNN's news operation. He may not have been an on-air camera figure, but he certainly was important.

And if you think the only conservative bias is on radio, then you aren't paying attention.

12:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there is bias everywhere but are you actually talking about gross bias or net bias? Net, net, radio appears to me to be the only place where there is an overall clear conservative bias. I guess i havent been paying attention reading about ten magazines, watching the news on cable and networks for years, reading the NYT, WSJ pretty religiously.

6:03 PM  

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