Eason Jordan was chief news executive for CNN prior to his February 14, 2005, resignation, which followed "more than a week of controversy over his remarks at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on January 27, in which Jordan allegedly suggested that American forces in Iraq had deliberately killed journalists."
In the February 14, 2005, edition of the Boston Globe, Kathy Young wrote that "One oddity is that, so far, no one knows exactly what Jordan said. No videotape or transcript of his remarks has been made public, apparently because the forum's rules forbid it -- though pressure to release the video was mounting when Jordan quit."
When he attempted to clarify his remarks, according to Young, "Jordan replied that what he meant was that some journalists were killed intentionally rather than accidentally -- but because of 'mistaken identity' (i.e. being mistaken for insurgents), not because they were journalists. A CNN statement issued before Jordan's resignation reiterated this explanation and asserted that his widely criticized remarks were misunderstood."
It can be assumed that Jordan was knowledgable on events in Iraq. Nearly two years earlier, on April 11, 2003, Jordan's article "The News We Kept to Ourselves" was published by The New York Times:
- "Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard — awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff."
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- "Eason Jordan" in the Wikipedia.
- "Reporters Without Borders accuses US military of deliberately firing at journalists," April 8, 2003.
- Rony Abovitz, "Do US Troops Target Journalists in Iraq? Davos, Switzerland from the WEF 2005," Forumblog.org:The World Economic Forum Weblog, January 28, 2005.
- Easongate.com at BillRoggio.com. News articles and entries dating from February 5, 2005.
- Jay Rosen, "Weekend Note on Eason Jordan," PRESSthink, February 5, 2005.
- Jay Rosen, "Eason Jordan Resigns," PRESSthink, February 11, 2005. Includes links to coverage and response by CNN, AP, Howard Kurtz, and Instapundit.
- Cathy Young, "Sliming American Troops," Boston Globe, February 14, 2005.
- Eoin O'Carroll, "Myths about 'Easongate'," Online Journal, February 26, 2005.