When Baghdad fell in early 2003, Eason Jordan, as CNN's news chief, admitted that he had held back information about murder, torture, assassinations, and more inside Saddam Hussein's Iraq -- ostensibly to protect journalists from retribution, but also to ensure that his network would have continued "access" to the core of the regime.
It must have been agonizing for a news hound like Jordan to have so many great stories, yet be unable to run with any of them. But every dog has his day, and Jordan finally got one story CNN could scoop everyone else on:
CNN executive resigns after controversial remarksConsensus among bloggers who have been closely following the story is that:
Saturday, February 12, 2005
ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan resigned Friday, saying the controversy over his remarks about the deaths of journalists in Iraq threatened to tarnish the network he helped build.
Jordan conceded that his remarks at the January 27 World Economic Forum were "not as clear as they should have been." Several participants at the event said Jordan told the audience U.S. forces had deliberately targeted journalists -- a charge he denied.
(1) whatever Jordan said must have been unmistakably damning, leading him to pre-emptively resign before the still-unreleased tapes of his Davos comments are leaked to the press, and
(2) his clumsy, Kerryesque attempts to spin and nuance his statements away only made matters worse.
Ironically, even commenting on his own resignation, Jordan couldn't get his facts straight: He's already tarnished CNN.