February 8, 2005
More perspective on Kurtz's interview with Eason Jordan
If you care to read another rundown of the Kurtz/Jordan interview piece, head on over to Mickey Kaus™s blog, Kausfiles.
I'm less concerned about Jordan's job, though than Kurtz's job. Maybe Kurtz is right, and there is no story here. But the point is that nobody trusts Kurtz to tell us this--nobody should trust Kurtz to tell us this--because he is writing about the corporation and the people that give him a TV show and make him rich and famous! (Duh!) ... That's true even if Kurtz sincerely believes the Jordan flap is no big deal--it's especially true if he's sincere, because people subconsciously tend to come to sincere beliefs that just happen to benefit them. It's elementary Ev Psych. There are dozens of subconscious judgments embedded in Kurtz's analysis, and no reason for Post readers to trust any of them. ...Trust is huge. Actually, that™s an understatement. Trust is everything. I know I don™t trust CNN to give me the truth of the matter nor do I trust Eason when he said that he, "was trying to make a distinction between 'collateral damage' and people who got killed in other ways," Jordan said last night. "I have never once in my life thought anyone from the U.S. military tried to kill a journalist. Never meant to suggest that. Obviously I wasn't as clear as I should have been on that panel."
Those who heard Eason during that infamous speech felt his beliefs were crystal clear until those who were in attendance began questioning him. Only then did he did begin to rethink his words. And only then did his beliefs become confusing.
Abovitz wrote that Jordan at first "asserted that he knew of 12 journalists who had not only been killed by US troops in Iraq, but they had in fact been targeted. He repeated the assertion a few times, which seemed to win favor in parts of the audience (the anti-US crowd)."
Here you have an eyewitness account of what actually occurred. Rony is more than willing to be free with the information he knows, yet the one person who we want information from (Eason Jordan) refuses to cooperate with public opinion and ask for the tapes to be released. He's not acting in the best interest of CNN or himself at this point. One has to wonder who is giving him advice on this matter.