Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Eason's Reasons 

Eason Jordan, as you know, was forced to resign from CNN after suggesting, in off-the-record comments at the World Economic Forum in Davos, that American forces had "targeted" journalists in Iraq. Our distinguished colleague Eli of Left I on the News came across a letter Jay Lyon wrote to The Nation, which could explain why Jordan was just a trifle skittish on the subject:
During its 1999 war in Yugoslavia, NATO disliked the way the central Serb TV station in Belgrade was covering the fighting. Jordan, then head of CNN International, was informed that NATO planned to attack the station. He protested and the jets veered away during their first sortie. Jordan had time to clear out CNN's crew and equipment from the building. Two days later, on April 23, NATO struck, killing sixteen journalists and technicians. After the war ended, in October 1999, Jordan revealed the story of the premeditated attack at the "News World" media conference in Barcelona.
Eli wrote The Nation a letter of his own, about a radio interview in which Supreme NATO Commander Gen. Wesley Clark admitted to bombing Radio Television Serbia (and leaving 16 journalists dead), and subsequently defended the decision by noting that "Milosevich was warned." Read it here.

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