Saturday, February 12, 2005

Easongate is Closed

CNN executive Eason Jordan resigns (AP)

To Eason Jordan: My hat is off to you. I hadn't covered anything about your scandal myself, so let me take a second to tell my readers about it. I don't remember the exact quote, but during a panel discussion at last month's World Economic Forum, Jordan remarked that many journalists who were fired upon in Iraq by coalition forces had been targeted. He obviously attempted to backtrack on those remarks later, but according to a timeline on Easongate.com, he had made several remarks of a similar nature in the past. Right-leaning bloggers did much to make this a story, but if the timeline is any indication, Sen. George Allen (R-Va) and Sen. Chris Dodd (D-Conn) helped fan the flames by calling for tapes of the remarks to be released. There were multiple witnesses, but as of this writing, no transcript has been released.

So why is my hat off to Eason Jordan? Well, Mr. Jordan, that's very simple; instead of doing what Dan Rather did and allowing your organization to become a laughingstock, you did the classy thing, shouldered the blame, and resigned. Although some might have issued a public apology, that might not have been enough to stop the bloggers in this case. The blogosphere is really a cruel beast when it smells fresh meat. At any rate, I respect class and personal dignity above many other things, so you have impressed me where many others have failed.

A side note: I have had an incredibly long day, so the political post I promised for earlier today will be posted around tomorrow evening. It feels strange to do serious blogging on the weekends, but that's exactly what I'm doing. Keep your eyes peeled for it.

UPDATE: I don't really get the big deal about this issue, but the Jeff Gannon scandal has been the lefty-blogging equivalent to Easongate. Gannon was a reporter who was notorious for constantly throwing softball questions at President Bush during press conferences. He was exposed by bloggers as a man working under an assumed name that had ties to gay porn sites. I would comment further, but it's late, so I'll direct you instead to Dr. Hanson's blog, which pools all of the information together to give you straight facts. Not only do I think it to be his best post ever, but it's also one of the only places anywhere that will give you a decent account of exactly what happened.

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