Ed Driscoll

Eason Jordan Update

Barney Frank is talking. Howard Kurtz is not. (Needless to say, Jordan isn’t either.)

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.”

At stake in this one is whether CNN’s top guy spreads rumors about U.S. troops, speaking before an audience that included many journalists, playing to the anti-American sympathies of some members of that audience. Between the accounts of the folks in the room and his infamous similar comments elsewhere , it