By now most of us are aware of the scandal over Eason Jordan's comment alleging US troops intentionally targeting journalists. And "due to" blog pressure, and despite it being a non-issue in the mainstream media, Jordan has resigned from CNN. The scuffle has evolved beyond what Jordan alleged into a power struggle between mainstream media and the blogosphere. Leaving all of these issues aside I question why Jordan felt it necessary to resign at all! The blogs, though persistent in pursuing the story and the truth, had not to me generated the same level of pressure as they did with Rathergate (and still no resignation!). Why couldn't Jordan issue a public apology and retraction of his unfounded assertion without resignation? I think that would have satisfied most. Thus i believe there is more to the Jordan's resignation than what has been revealed thus far.


Anonymous said...

Blogs actually generated much more pressure than they did in Rathergate. The reason is that durnig Rathergate blogs were virtually unknown to the vast majority of people. Rathergate gained a great deal of notoriety and respect for blogs by proving that the MSM does in fact smear America.
When another MSM org tried to smear America most informed people knew of it in less than 3 days because now they go to blogs for their news.

Huan said...

thanks for the comment. I think those of us in the bsphere certainly read the blogs posting regularly but i am still not sure if this is the case for the general public. thus the perception of blog pressure on Eason may be one of sampling bias. rathergate broke into the mainstream media, and despite their bias and agenda, still have greater general public reach. this did not happen with easongate.