February 14, 2005

CNN Misses Story About CNN

'Most Trusted Name In News' Says "Look, Over There. . . A Turkey!"

NEW YORK (Rhodes Media Services): Famed news organization, CNN, over the weekend missed an opportunity to report on a huge story, the resignation of its executive vice-president, Eason Jordan, following intense online criticism of Jordan regarding remarks he made to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Speaking during a panel discussion called "Will Democracy Survive the Media?," Jordan made unsubstantiated claims that the U.S. military had a standing policy of targeting journalists, both in Iraq and elsewhere. When pressed for proof of his claims, Jordan backpedaled, but would not clarify or apologize for the remarks.

In a statement released by CNN over the weekend, a top CNN official is quoted as saying "We at CNN deeply enjoy coffee in the morning, and we may enjoy the occasional martini for lunch, and a nice seafood alfredo for dinner. As for the resignation of Eason Jordan, we at CNN can only say: look, over there. . . a turkey!"

The statement then read, "*sound of retreating footsteps into the distance, with a Curley 'whoop, whoop, whoop, whoop' noise.*"

UPDATE: The more I follow this story, the more I'm convinced that this rather nothing incident at Davos probably gave CNN the atrocities in Iraq under Saddam so that they could continue to maintain a CNN bureau in Baghdad. Also, Jordan had an affair with the widow of Daniel Pearl, which I'm sure he doesn't want coming back to the surface. So, CNN wins by giving the appearance of taking action, when they're probably a bit relieved to drop an employee who had become a detriment. Jordan wins by keeping his personal dirt on the ground and, hey, the story becomes more focused on the blog lynch mob, so Jordan can quietly slip away.

Posted by Ryan at February 14, 2005 02:01 PM
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