Monday, February 14, 2005

Easing Eason Out

Enough will be said and written about this man and his mouth that adding one more voice to the chorus won't make it sound any sweeter to those of us who are pleased by this turn of events. I do, however, think that revisiting one of the most despicable events in modern journalism is in order. I speak, of course, of the now infamous letter penned by one Mr. Eason Jordan following the fall of Saddam Hussein in the spring of 2003...

Entitled, "The News We Kept to Ourselves", was an admission of utter and complete journalistic negligence. I'm not sure if I was more shocked by what I had read or by the near silence from the major news media outlets regarding the implications of this journalistic sell out. Only Talk Radio really explored this with the outrage it deserved - and we all know how talk radio is viewed by the main stream news media. In my mind Jordan is a criminal for the decisions he made, decisions that were motivated by personal pride and corporate greed, decisions that cost people their lives.

Perhaps the most galling part of this episode was the anti-war drumbeat coming out of CNN during the 13 month long "rush to war". Knowing what he knew Jordan should have steered CNN to neutral position if cared one whit for the Iraqi people.

See 'ya Eason - and as my father used to say "don't let the door hit you in the ass on your way out."