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February 6, 2005
One More Crack In The Dam

The Riverside Press-Enterprise, a newspaper with a conservative editorial policy serving the high-desert communities outside of Los Angeles, cracks the media blackout with the first MSM commentary devoted entirely to Eason's Fables. The editorial focuses entirely on the Davos commentary instead of the broader accusations made by Eason Jordan on multiple occasions, but it also takes apart the exceedingly inadequate attempt by CNN to spin Jordan's statement:

CNN's chief news executive, Eason Jordan, said Jan. 27 on a world stage that "he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by U.S. troops, but they had in fact been targeted," according to Rony Abovitz of the World Economic Forum's weblog.

Problem is, Jordan has provided no facts to substantiate this very serious charge. Now the claim, which Jordan floated at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, is spreading through anti-American circles in Europe and the Middle East.

Jordan's words matter because CNN is, in the eyes of much of the world, the "voice of America." If its news chief is reporting fabrications to global leaders at elite summits, it's another blow to media credibility at home, and to the United States' reputation abroad.

Officially, CNN says, "Mr. Jordan emphatically does not believe that the U.S. military intended to kill journalists and believes these accidents to be cases of 'mistaken identity.'"

Nice try, but that's not what he said in Davos, according to multiple news accounts, including one from a former CNN reporter who was there.

Three cheers for the Press-Enterprise, which shows that it pays attention to the blogosphere. Its readers in Riverside and San Bernardino Counties get to be well-informed; I wonder why other customers served by larger media outlets won't get that opportunity. I also wonder how the Los Angeles Times, which publishes in that area, feels about getting scooped by a regional broadsheet. The editorial notes this obliquely, commenting at the end that if CNN wants to continue billing itself as "the world's most respected news network," it needs to replace the slanderer who runs it.

The editorial requires a free registration, a minimal hurdle to support a newspaper that listens to its readership and actually reports the news. (hat tip: Richard H. and Free Republic)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 6, 2005 8:09 AM

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