Eason Jordan Update
By Ed Driscoll · February 7, 2005 10:46 AM · Oh, That Liberal Media!
John Hinderaker of Power Line writes, "This story is playing out in excruciatingly slow motion, but the ending has already been written: Eason Jordan is finished."
I'll believe it when I see it--and will the fellow who replaces him be any better? Incidentally, back in December, Roger Ailes told Brian Lamb that as bad as the main CNN cable channel can be, CNNi, their international feed, which Jordan helped to launch, is much worse--almost Al Jazeera worse. Of course, that's also good for business:
Well, the best way to get distribution around the world is to be the BBC or Al Jazeera or CNNi, basically do -- if you watch it day in and day out, you can't find a whole lot good about America. Now, they have no obligation to do good stories about America, but they do have an obligation to have balance and context. And Al Jazeera simply doesn't. BBC doesn't. And CNNi is less offensive, but they don't do it much, either. And I think that context is critically important to the news.Too bad Jordan didn't when he decided to slander American soldiers.
Update: Speaking of Al Jazeera and CNN, Jim Geraghty writes:
At stake in the memo controversy was CBS' reputation - Rather and Mapes insisted they had a huge scoop; the bloggers responded, "you're partisan, your work is shoddy, and you fell for a fourth-rate hoax."That's really nothing new for CNN, actually.
Update: Not surprisingly, others are also thinking of Jordan and CNNi. Gerard Vanderleun writes that "The CNN you watch in Amsterdam is not the same CNN you see in Los Angeles":
This makes good business sense since an all-American CNN (If you can imagine such a thing.) is not likely to score high-ratings in Europe, Asia, or the Middle-East. Indeed, the only hard and accurate American news that viewers need in these areas need from CNN is carried in the NYSE stock-ticker crawl.In terms of American viewership, CNN took it in the shorts from Fox News after Jordan's "The News We Kept To Ourselves" mea culpa ran in mid-2003. If CNN keeps him on after this latest outrage, they seem to be signalling that they're willing to write off American ratings in order to secure the rest of the world's viewers by offering them news that appeals to foreign viewers. Even if that news actually distorts the truth about the country its broadcasts originate from.
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