February 8, 2005


CNN clarifies Iraq comments (Mark Jurkowitz, February 8, 2005, CNN)

Two weeks ago at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, CNN's chief news executive, Eason Jordan, raised eyebrows when he suggested that some of the 63 journalists who have been killed in Iraq had been targeted by US troops. Although Jordan quickly tempered the remarks, a controversy has been building over them on the web. CNN has responded, issuing a statement clarifying Jordan's comments.

Jordan made his remarks at a panel discussion on Jan. 27 in Davos about the media and democracy. Several sources, including the author of a weblog written at the event, said Jordan quickly amended his comments. Since then, the web has been abuzz with commentary about Jordan's statement and his intentions. CNN's statement says Jordan ''was not clear enough in explaining his assertion."

''While the majority of the 63 journalists killed in Iraq have been killed by insurgents, the Pentagon has acknowledged that the US military on occasion has killed people who turned out to be journalists," the CNN statement said. ''Mr. Jordan emphatically does not believe that the US military intended to kill journalists and believes these accidents to be cases of 'mistaken identity.' " A CNN spokeswoman, Christa Robinson, added that ''Eason clarified his position during the panel."

If they weren't targeting at least the Al Jazeerans they weren't doing their jobs. Was Goebbels not a legitimate target because he ran the Nazi press?

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 8, 2005 6:40 PM

Tomorrow, what Mr. Jordan meant in when he made similar allegations last year in Portugal, and the previous year in Jordan, and...

Posted by: Moe from NC at February 8, 2005 7:49 PM

Goebbels was also a member of the Nazi government and so was a legitimate target regardless. The problem with Al Jazeera and the entire terrorist apparatus is that the world community has not discussed and resolved what to do with non-state combatants and their support network.

The Europeans like to pretend its not an issue or reflexively want to extend state protections to them even though they are under no obligation to follow them, and Bush has not lead on this issue. It would be nice to see another country, not so dominated with other aspects of the war, take the lead on it.

Posted by: Chris Durnell at February 8, 2005 8:33 PM

"World community"? Who cares what they say?

Posted by: oj at February 8, 2005 8:49 PM

Well, at least CNN now has a guest in place for another hard-hitting Larry King Weekend (pre-taped; no phone calls, please) broadcast.

Posted by: John at February 8, 2005 10:37 PM

William Tecumseh Sherman, where are you now that we need you?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 9, 2005 10:30 AM

'If all the war correspondents were shot at sundown, there'd be dispatches from Hell before breakfast.'

Lou, ya beat me to it. :)

Posted by: Bart at February 9, 2005 11:33 AM

IIRC, Americans who broadcast for the other side, like Mr. Jordan, such as Tokyo Rose, were prosecuted for treason.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at February 9, 2005 12:41 PM