THE STRANGE DEPARTURE OF EASON JORDAN. The CNN chief news executive has resigned because of his remarks in Davos, which have been characterized as accusing US troops of deliberately firing on journalists. Yet we still don't know exactly what he said; neither a transcript nor a tape has been released.
Howard Kurtz has a full account in today's Washington Post. I was not surprised to learn that Jordan's influence has been waning of late, and that his bosses were getting sick of the controversy. Kurtz is often criticized for his dual roles as an employee of both the Post and CNN, but in this case that seems to have provided him with more insight into what's going on at CNN than most reporters would have.
Jay Rosen has a roundup of blog commentary, mostly from the right. I have to agree with Jordan critics such as Glenn Reynolds, who say that releasing the tape could only have made things worse. I mean, what else are we to think?
On the other hand, can we please interrupt the self-congratulatory hooting from conservative bloggers for a moment in order to offer some kudos to two liberals, Congressman Barney Frank and Senator Chris Dodd? It was their outrage that lifted this out of the usual left-right paradigm.
I meant to link to this the other day, but Danny Schechter's got a useful perspective on this, too.
Finally: I still want to see the tape.