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#1 Rov Judicata

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:22 PM

This pretty much nails my opinions, and it's a good read, and should spark an interesting debate:

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Washington Times EDITORIAL - CNN knew

April 14, 2003

Mr. Eason Jordan, chief news executive at CNN, published in the New York Times a truly rare article last Friday: an op-ed capable of genuinely shocking even world-weary cynics in a jaded world. He announced that, 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."

He went on to catalogue in horrid detail the abuses of Saddam's torture and murder machine. He wrote that Saddam's eldest son Uday "told me in 1995 that he intended to assassinate his two brothers-in-law who had defected and also ... King Hussein of Jordan." The CNN news executive tipped off the king, but not the brothers-in-law, who were subsequently murdered.

In one of his most revealing statements, Mr. Jordan wrote that: "I came to know several Iraqi officials well enough that they confided in me that Saddam Hussein was a maniac who had to be removed." He concluded by writing that "I felt awful having these stories bottled up inside me ... At last, these stories can be told freely."

Where to begin? First, as the chief news executive of the only truly worldwide television news network, Mr. Jordan was literally the one man in the entire world in a position to "unbottle" those awful truths. Moreover, those awful truths were not only newsworthy, but would have been history-making — had they been reported. One can only imagine the impact on the U.N. debate of last winter if CNN had headlined that several Iraqi officials had told CNN that "Saddam Hussein was a maniac who had to be removed."Instead, the world got CNN reports balanced carefully — we know now, thanks to Mr. Jordan — between the truth and the requirements of Saddam's propaganda office.

So deeply had Mr. Jordan morally compromised himself and CNN that Uday the psychopath felt comfortable confiding his highest-visibility murder plans to Mr. Jordan. His secrets were safe with CNN. What a scoop they missed: "Son of Saddam Hussein plans to murder King of Jordan." Indeed, the entire Arab world might have turned on Saddam years ago if that story had been reported. But, of course, if CNN had reported that story, it would not have been able to keep open its Baghdad bureau — and thus would have lost the profitable competitive advantage it maintained over rival news outlets.

For the last twelve years, CNN has provided the West with the dominant news image of Saddam's Iraq. It was the jewel in the crown of CNN's international reportingreputation. But, now we know, from the unwitting pen of CNN's morally obtuse chief news executive, that it was always a false image CNN was broadcasting. The hard news was kept secret. The propaganda flowed like wine. CNN was running a straight propaganda-for-profits deal with Saddam. Until CNN brings in honest news executives, no prudent viewer should trust CNN'scurrent and future reporting from other foreign capitals.

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:30 PM

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So deeply had Mr. Jordan morally compromised himself and CNN

CNN's morally obtuse chief news executive

APPLAUSE!!!!!!!! CHEERING and more APPLAUSE!!!!!!!!!

Over in my thread on the op-ed piece I said this:
While I do understand the desire to protect your own reporters, etc., there comes a point in life where you must decide for yourself where your morals and ethics lie, and when you must take a stand. Sometimes you have to - no, NEED to and MUST speak up, no matter the cost, in order to do what is morally right.

I find this man's action deplorable.


Hurray for the Washington Times for agreeing with me.  ;)  :lol:

Rov - do you have the link to this article? I'd like to post it on another board.

#3 Bad Wolf

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:34 PM

GREAT editorial and one with which I completely agree.

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:38 PM

Kimmer-- But of course! http://www.washingto...14-21266686.htm :D
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#5 Kimmer

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:39 PM

Thanks ... I'm stumbling all this site and couldn't find this. DUHO!

#6 Rov Judicata

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:39 PM

[singsong]Lil and I agree about something war-related! Lil and I agree about something war-related![/singsong]

;)

APOTS Kimmer
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~~ Josh, winning the argument.

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#7 Bad Wolf

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:47 PM

Javert Rovinski, on Apr 14 2003, 09:28 PM, said:

[singsong]Lil and I agree about something war-related! Lil and I agree about something war-related![/singsong]

;)

APOTS Kimmer
Now now Rovvie, we agreed about the Pope's stance on all this and about the double standard involved in the coverage.

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Posted 14 April 2003 - 11:50 PM

Javert Rovinski, on Apr 14 2003, 12:28 PM, said:

[singsong]Lil and I agree about something war-related! Lil and I agree about something war-related![/singsong]
Me too...

*dies of shock*

;) ;) ;)
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Posted 15 April 2003 - 12:04 AM

VERY good editorial.
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Posted 15 April 2003 - 12:24 AM

Yeah, lovely.

The problem is, had the news been reported once, maybe that 'scoop' the Post author argues about may never have been gotten.

And for all we know, Mr. Jordan *did* report it --to the CIA.

There are channels within channels that we don't know about here. I would not be so quick to villify Mr. Jordan, even if I can see the point the Post op-ed is making. Just because it wasn't reported to us doesn't mean it wasn't reported to someone.

I have to agree that Mr. Jordan does seem to be privateering the news a bit here. But I have to ask if the alternative was really worth it. Either way, this sucks.

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Posted 15 April 2003 - 01:17 AM

^^ I totally agree.

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Posted 15 April 2003 - 01:25 AM

jon3831, on Apr 14 2003, 08:39 PM, said:

Javert Rovinski, on Apr 14 2003, 12:28 PM, said:

[singsong]Lil and I agree about something war-related! Lil and I agree about something war-related![/singsong]
Me too...

*dies of shock*

;) ;) ;)
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Posted 15 April 2003 - 01:28 AM

CJ AEGIS, on Apr 14 2003, 11:14 PM, said:

jon3831, on Apr 14 2003, 08:39 PM, said:

Javert Rovinski, on Apr 14 2003, 12:28 PM, said:

[singsong]Lil and I agree about something war-related! Lil and I agree about something war-related![/singsong]
Me too...

*dies of shock*

;) ;) ;)
Three here....

The world is coming to an end.....  :o
Okay now wait.

kimmer, Rov, Jon AND Aegis and I agree on this???????????

Merciful angels!!!!!!

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Posted 15 April 2003 - 01:50 AM

Ah the joy of a scumdwelling muck raker getting dragged out into the light of day. Did this guy bargin lives away to keep his news office open. I mean the other office of propaganda.

Well Nice to see that others on both sides of the Liberal/Conservative debate seeing this guy as the scum that he and his network appear to be.
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#15 Kimmer

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Posted 15 April 2003 - 02:22 AM

Una Salus Lillius, on Apr 14 2003, 03:17 PM, said:

CJ AEGIS, on Apr 14 2003, 11:14 PM, said:

jon3831, on Apr 14 2003, 08:39 PM, said:

Javert Rovinski, on Apr 14 2003, 12:28 PM, said:

[singsong]Lil and I agree about something war-related! Lil and I agree about something war-related![/singsong]
Me too...

*dies of shock*

;) ;) ;)
Three here....

The world is coming to an end.....  :o
Okay now wait.

kimmer, Rov, Jon AND Aegis and I agree on this???????????

Merciful angels!!!!!!

:eek2:

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- - - On a related point:

Una Salus Lillius, on Apr 14 2003, 01:36 PM, said:

Now now Rovvie.....

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