CNN Slimes Our Troops

One of the most common complaints I
hear from our troops is that the

rarely report on the
military`s good deeds.

A simple column

I wrote last month

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
positive press.

"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

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
participated in,

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 (
)… "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
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

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
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

journalists had
been arrested and tortured by American forces (a charge
he maintains today).

In the fall of 2002, he

reportedly accused
Israeli military of deliberately targeting CNN personnel
"on numerous occasions."

He was in the middle of the

Tailwind scandal,
in which
CNN was

forced to retract

Peter Arnett report
the American military used Sarin gas against its own
troops in Laos.

And in 1999, Jordan

: "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

for Peter Brimelow`s review. Click

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