Sunday, August 28, 2005

Blogging, bloggers and influence: Eason Jordan

Former CNN executive Eason Jordan also experienced online pressure in January 2005 when he made comments at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland about journalists killed in Iraq.

You can read the details of the story
here.

Bloggers at the event and around the world demanded a transcript of Jordan's remarks so they could study them for themselves, but WEF forums are typically not recorded. Amidst claims of bloggers that they were only looking for accountability in media, and Jordan's attempts to qualify his remarks about journalists and the military, Jordan resigned.

Bloggers claimed a victory for transparency in media, while mainstream journalists and academics said that "[t]he salivating morons who make up the lynch mob prevail" (
Steve Lovelady, editor of the Columbia Journalism Review)

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