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Eason Jordan Admits Guilt

Well, that's how I interpret his resignation.

So, what's next?

As I'm sure you know by now, Faithful Reader, CNN's tyrant coddler news chief Eason Jordan resigned on Friday. My first thought was He knows what he said, and he resigned so the pressure will let up on WEF to release the video or a transcript. Charles Johnson, though, has an equally plausible scenario:

.... I have to believe this sudden resignation means Mr. Jordanís superiors had a chance to review the World Economic Forum video and realized (especially after Rathergate) that their position was untenable, and that further stonewalling could be disastrous....

Here are some of the most noteworthy Easongate blogs in the wake of Jordan's resignation:

PressThink publishes Jordan's announcement, Feb. 11 @ 6:00 PM:

After 23 years at CNN, I have decided to resign in an effort to prevent CNN from being unfairly tarnished by the controversy over conflicting accounts of my recent remarks regarding the alarming number of journalists killed in Iraq.
I have devoted my professional life to helping make CNN the most trusted and respected news outlet in the world, and I would never do anything to compromise my work or that of the thousands of talented people it is my honor to work alongside.
While my CNN colleagues and my friends in the U.S. military know me well enough to know I have never stated, believed, or suspected that U.S. military forces intended to kill people they knew to be journalists, my comments on this subject in a World Economic Forum panel discussion were not as clear as they should have been.
I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise. I have great admiration and respect for the men and women of the U.S. armed forces, with whom I have worked closely and been embedded in Baghdad, Tikrit, and Mosul, in addition to my time with American soldiers, sailors, Marines, and airmen in Afghanistan, former Yugoslavia, Somalia, Kuwait, Bahrain, and the Arabian Gulf.
As for my colleagues at CNN, I am enormously proud to have worked with you, risking my life in the trenches with you, and making CNN great with you. For that experience, and for your friendship and support these many years, I thank you.

And Blogs for Bush publishes an internal CNN memo, Feb. 11 @ 6:14 PM:

Our colleague Eason Jordan tendered his resignation today. He leaves his post as executive vice president and chief news executive effective immediately.
From his first day with CNN, in 1982, as assistant assignment editor on the national desk, Eason has served CNN and the pursuit of journalism with distinction. CNN's global newsgathering infrastructure is largely his vision and achievement. Under his leadership, the News Group literally circled the globe with bureaus, from Baghdad to Johannesburg to Havana to Sydney to Hong Kong. The regard in which he is held by people from every walk of life in virtually every corner of the world has added incalculably to our ability to cover such historic events as the Gulf War and the war in Iraq, the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe, the crackdown in Tiananmen Square and the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. And his passion for our profession has been recognized with its highest honors-Emmy, Peabody and duPont awards, as well as the first-ever Charles Weltner Freedom of Information Award.
Eason's service to CNN and support of the people at every level of our organization is legend. He leaves us with our gratitude, respect and best wishes.

Finally, here is the little blog by Rony Arbovitz that started it all.

It seems that mainstream-media types are already calling bloggers a lynch mob for instigating Jordan's admission of guilt resignation. I say, look out for much, much more. By the end of this week, if not sooner, editors & reporters who don't think the UN Oil-for-Food Scam or the UN Sexual Abuse in the Congo Scandal are worth a second thought will be digging as fast & furiously as they can, any way they can, to come up with some dirt on the more prominent right-wing bloggers. (Assuming they have not been doing so already.)

I guess being unprominent may have its advantages after all.

Lane Core Jr. CIW P — Mon. 02/14/05 07:20:13 AM
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