CNN Slimes Our Troops
One of the most common complaints I
hear from our troops is that the
media rarely report on the
military`s good deeds.
A simple column
I wrote last month lauding
humanitarian efforts of our men and women in the
U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group,
for example, resulted in an avalanche
of mail from military members and their families
expressing astonishment and relief over a bit of
"I cannot tell you how much that
it meant to myself as well as several of my shipmates to
be praised," wrote Mariano Gonzales, a member of
Strike Fighter Squadron 151 aboard the Lincoln.
"Sometimes it seems that in today`s world, it is just
not fashionable for someone in a position to influence
public opinion to admit that the US military`s role in
the world involves
more than just war and bloodshed."
Well, with folks like powerful CNN
executive Eason Jordan in charge—a man who clearly has
issues with the
U.S. military—it`s no wonder our troops so often
feel smeared and slimed.
For the past week, Internet weblogs
("blogs") around the world have been
buzzing about outrageous
comments regarding American soldiers reportedly made by
Jordan, the head of CNN`s news division, at a
World Economic Forum gathering in Davos,
Switzerland. (My reporting on the controversy, with
extensive links to other bloggers, is at
According to several eyewitnesses,
Jordan asserted on Jan. 27 that American military
personnel had deliberately targeted and killed
journalists in Iraq.
Why isn`t this “headline
Forum organizers have stonewalled
citizen attempts to gain access to a videotape or
transcript of the Davos meeting. But American
businessman Rony Abovitz, who attended the panel Jordan
reported immediately after the forum
asserted that he knew of 12 journalists who had not only
been killed by US troops in Iraq, but they had in fact
been targeted. He repeated the assertion a few times,
which seemed to win favor in parts of the audience (the
anti-US crowd) and cause great strain on others."
panel attendee, historian Justin Vaisse,
wrote on his blog that Jordan "didn`t mince words
in declaring that the intentions of journalists in Iraq
were never perceived as neutral and were made deliberate
targets by `both sides.`"[In French: "n`a pas mâché
ses mots et déclaré de but en blanc que les journalistes
en Iraq n`étaient jamais perçus comme neutres et
faisaient l`objet d`attaques délibérées (deliberate
targeting)… "des deux côtés".]
On Monday, journalist and
presidential adviser David Gergen, who moderated the
told me that Jordan indeed asserted that journalists
in Iraq had been targeted by military "on both
sides," tried to backtrack, but then went on to
speculate about a few incidents involving journalists
killed in the Middle East—a discussion Gergen cut off
because "the military and the government weren`t
there to defend themselves."
Panel member Rep.
Barney Frank (D-Mass.)
told me that Jordan asserted that there was
deliberate targeting of journalists by the U.S. military
and that Jordan "left open the question" of
whether there were individual cases in which American
troops targeted journalists.
Finally, panel attendee Sen.
Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) issued a statement in
response to my inquiry that he "was outraged by the
comments. Senator Dodd is tremendously proud of the
sacrifice and service of our American military
Jordan`s defenders say he was
"misunderstood" and deserves the "benefit of the
But the man`s record is one of
incurable anti-American pandering.
Jordan`s the man who admitted last
spring that CNN withheld news out of Baghdad to maintain
access to Saddam Hussein`s regime.
He was quoted last fall telling a
Portuguese forum that he
believed journalists had
been arrested and tortured by American forces (a charge
he maintains today).
In the fall of 2002, he
reportedly accused the
Israeli military of deliberately targeting CNN personnel
"on numerous occasions."
And in 1999, Jordan
declared: "We are a global network, and we take
global interest[s] first, not U.S. interests first."
Now, who is more deserving of the
benefit of the doubt? Eason Jordan or
our men and women on the battlefield?
I support the troops.
Malkin is a contributor to Fox News Channel, which
competes with CNN.
Michelle Malkin [email
her] is author of
Invasion: How America Still Welcomes Terrorists,
Criminals, and Other Foreign Menaces to Our Shores.
here for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click
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