Saturday, February 12, 2005

Another blog victory! Eason Jordan quits CNN!

Just as the blogosphere brought down CBS (aka "See? B.S.!") and Dan Rather with the forged memo story, it has claimed another deserving victim: Eason Jordan. Regular visitors to my blog have been treated to updates to the Eason Jordan saga.

I was going to reference the article by the Associated Press, but I think instead I will rely on the hilarious (yet quite astute) commentary from fellow blogger Tom at the Donegal Express...especially the part about the "Saddam Plus Gold Deluxe" package:
New York (AP)- CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit Friday amid a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the U.S. military in Iraq. Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being "unfairly tarnished" by the controversy.

This is to differentiate from the time it was "fairly tarnished" when Eason admitted the Baghdad Office lied about what was happening in Iraq. This time, the lies uttered were all his.

"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 said in a memo to fellow staff members at CNN.

Translation: This was all supposed to be off the record!

After several management restructurings at CNN, Jordan actually had no current operational responsibility over network programming. But he was CNN's chief fix-it man overseas, arranging coverage in dangerous or hard-to-reach parts of the world.

He was really good at it, too. He'd just promise whatever rapists and thugs he had to deal with the "Saddam Plus Gold Deluxe" package.

CNN's global newsgathering infrastructure is chiefly the result of Jordan's work, said Jim Walton, chief of the CNN News Group.

Question of the Day: Is this praise, or blame? Discuss amongst yourselves.
Now, guys like Tom and I can't quite take credit for the downfall of Rather, Jordan, etc. But speaking for myself (since Tom's more than capable of expressing himself eloquently! :) ), I take pride in knowing that I am a spoke in the overall massive wheel of new media that will result in further MSM decline! Mwwwaaaaahahahahahaha!