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February 8, 2005
Eason's Fables -- As Told By Chris Cramer

CQ reader Ex-Democrat notes another incident of Chris Cramer echoing the allegations of his boss, Eason Jordan, in overseas settings. In a September 2004 interview with Businessworld India, Cramer spoke about the dangers that journalists face while covering conflict (emphases mine):

But the profession is in trouble. Around the world, there is scepticism about journalists. Some even want them killed. This year more than 60 journalists have died in Iraq and we are just into August.

Hilariously, Cramer in the very next excerpt describes exactly why CNN and the mainstream media is in so much trouble, while remaining clueless to the irony:

There is no alchemy involved in accessing news. People can find it themselves. So what you offer them is your version. Plus, the Hutton Enquiry and some incidents in the US show bad journalism. So trust is down.

Talk about foreshadowing; this comment came from Cramer in August but published in September, five days after the airing of the Killian memo segment on 60 Minutes Wednesday that would rock CBS News for months afterward.

Cramer's comments show a continuation of the pattern set by Eason Jordan, of continually talking about journalists being targeted, with never any attempt at substantiation. That, apparently, is Cramer's, Jordan's, and CNN's "version" of the news. And Cramer wonders at "some incidents" of bad journalism and the lack of trust?

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at February 8, 2005 5:43 PM

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