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February 7, 2005
MSM Silence On Eason Jordan (Updates!)

The mainstream media has spent another news cycle ignoring the Eason Jordan scandal, where he has been discovered to have made repeated claims of atrocities deliberately committed by US troops against reporters. CNN felt that Eason's Fables could be so damaging that they took the unusual step of not only e-mailing a statement to those who e-mailed their complaints, but also to bloggers who posted on the story but never sent a complaint to CNN. (We believe they worked off of Hugh Hewitt's link list on the scandal.)

However, despite the obvious concern at CNN, they still have posted nothing on the story, not even their own statement. The Washington Post, where Howard Kurtz was rumored to have been working on this story, likewise has nothing on its pages or website this morning, more than 36 hours after it achieved national prominence from broadcast and bloggers. Likewise, the "Paper of Record" managed to avoid recording anything on this story. The Los Angeles Times provides nothing on its West Coast pages.

What about CNN's competitors? MS-NBC gives us a goose egg. Ditto for CBS News, although that may well be a case of professional courtesy. ABC News gives Eason a pass. Even Fox carries nothing on the controversy.

Here we have the man running a major news organization who has accused the US military, on at least two separate occasions in the last three months, of atrocities specifically aimed at journalists -- and the news media remains completely silent about it? Does that make any sense to you, other than a deliberate media blackout? Hell, even Eason Jordan responded, if completely inadequately -- doesn't that make the newspaper or the web sites?

The MSM has circled the wagons. Don't let them get away with it.

UPDATE: Fox did have one mention on this from Monday night, when Brit Hume included it in The Grapevine, his blog, after apparently mentioning it on air. However, Fox has not mentioned it since, nor has it picked up on the pattern of Eason Jordan's allegations. I'm not sure why they decided to just drop it, but it looks like they have.

UPDATE II, 2:57 PM CT: Still nothing on all of the broadcast web sites. The newspapers won't have anything until tonight at the earliest, if they cover it at all.

UPDATE III and BUMP, 11:00 PM CT: None of the links to searches on the MSM sites still come up with any stories containing Eason Jordan and Davos in them. I suggest that we link to these searches every day and ask the mainstream news media why we find nothing on allegations by Eason Jordan of the American military torturing and murdering journalists.

UPDATE IV: Welcome, Lucianne readers! Good to have you on board.

UPDATE V, 2/4 12:25 PM CT: Every single search listed above still comes back empty. Every single major media outlet has ignored this story. How much longer can they hold out?

UPDATE VI, 2/4 16:48 CT: Still nothing on from searches on all sites linked above. The American media outlets don't seem to care about allegations of assassination plots against their own employees. Does that tell you anything about Eason Jordan's credibility amongst his peers?

UPDATE VII, 20:40 PM: Nothing but silence on all fronts ...

UPDATE VIII, 2/5 07:45 AM: Still not a word from these leading lights of the media.

UPDATE IX, 22:30: The media blackout continues. Let the blogs continue to demand an explanation of Eason's Fables, as well as the MSM's protection of Jordan and his slanders.

UPDATE X, 2/7 06:39: Still nothing on any of the search engines. They continue to ignore the story ... and us. We should be expanding our demands past CNN to all news agencies now, asking for answers for the dearth of honest reporting on Eason Jordan.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 7, 2005 6:40 AM

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