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Sunday, January 22, 2017

CNN caved to Saddam, now tries to bully Trump

"One of the things I think this administration hasn’t figured out yet is that there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus — and that’s CNN. The perception of Donald Trump in capitals around the world is shaped, in many ways, by CNN. Continuing to have an adversarial relationship with that network is a mistake."
-- CNN President Jeff Zucker

Big words from a cowardly network that admitted 14 years ago that it acted as a public relations firm for Saddam Hussein so it could have bragging rights to being the only U.S. cable network with a bureau in Baghdad.


I do.

On April 11, 2003, as U.S. forces swarmed into Baghdad, Eason Jordan, then the network's chief news executive, wrote a piece in the New York Times in which he admitted that his network covered up the war crimes and human rights abuses of Saddam Hussein, his sons, and his henchmen just so CNN could have bragging rights to a bureau.

A Fake News bureau.

From Eason Jordan:
The News We Kept To Ourselves
Over the last dozen years I made 13 trips to Baghdad to lobby the government to keep CNN's Baghdad bureau open and to arrange interviews with Iraqi leaders. Each time I visited, I became more distressed by what I saw and heard -- awful things that could not be reported because doing so would have jeopardized the lives of Iraqis, particularly those on our Baghdad staff.
For example, in the mid-1990's one of our Iraqi cameramen was abducted. For weeks he was beaten and subjected to electroshock torture in the basement of a secret police headquarters because he refused to confirm the government's ludicrous suspicion that I was the Central Intelligence Agency's Iraq station chief. CNN had been in Baghdad long enough to know that telling the world about the torture of one of its employees would almost certainly have gotten him killed and put his family and co-workers at grave risk.
Jordan admitted he knew of atrocities by Saddam Husein -- but ordered silence from his Fake News bureau:
I came to know several Iraqi officials well enough that they confided in me that Saddam Hussein was a maniac who had to be removed. One Foreign Ministry officer told me of a colleague who, finding out his brother had been executed by the regime, was forced, as a test of loyalty, to write a letter of congratulations on the act to Saddam Hussein. An aide to Uday once told me why he had no front teeth: henchmen had ripped them out with pliers and told him never to wear dentures, so he would always remember the price to be paid for upsetting his boss. Again, we could not broadcast anything these men said to us.
Why not?

Tell the truth and get deported.

A real newsman would have shut the bureau down years before that. What good is a news bureau if it cannot report the news?

But a Fake News bureau helps raise ratings points, and the ad revenues and cable fees that go with them, were too valuable.

CNN put money above the truth.

It was a PR firm for one of the most ruthless dictators on Earth -- a man who sent real journalists to prison or worse.

Jordan ended his piece:
I felt awful having these stories bottled up inside me. Now that Saddam Hussein's regime is gone, I suspect we will hear many, many more gut-wrenching tales from Iraqis about the decades of torment. At last, these stories can be told freely.
They should have been told a decade earlier. That would have shaped world opinion against Hussein.

Instead Jordan colluded with Husein to keep the truth from being aired on CNN.

Now we have Zucker defying President Trump -- a duly elected president of a free country who does not torture, maim, or mutilate political rivals.

Lying about Saddam Hussein was a thing of value to the dictator.

If any other company did that -- bribed Saddam Hussein to keep making money off Baghdad -- the Department of Justice would investigate.

Too bad the statute of limitations expired.

Meanwhile, Zucker's threat to twist the news against Trump received praise from the Washington Post.


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  1. CNN ceased being a real news organization a long time ago.

  2. CNN: Clinton News Channel? Communist News Channel?
    Completely Nuts Channel? Congenital-liar News Network? All four?

    1. CNN: Clinton News Network? Communist News Network?
      Completely Nuts Network? Congenital-liar News Network? All four?
      (Sorry about that.)

  3. I've just gotta say it...I don"t get Liberal Jews. Guys, it's your asses who are gonna first in line if the Muzzies attempt their caliphate. And honestly, at this point, I wouldn't put my life on the line for you. Bibi, I'm totally down with. You all, well, good luck.

    1. I'm Jewish and I'm fed up with my Liberal co-religionists, too. Obama was an authoritarian, I argued with friends and family. They just didn't see it. He's not your friend: look at the people he chooses to associate with, I said. Crickets. No response. These are not the biblical Jews pf Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. They are not the followers of Moses. I don't recognize them. I will have nothing to do with them.

    2. Right, Ia. Exactly right. As a Christian, I know the biblical Jews are STILL God's chosen people. But these people are cultural Jews. They will heave every manner of insult - hello, Paul Krugman? - and then flee back to their so-called Jewishness if they get pushback. Reagan, Bush, and now Trump are being called Hitler, and more than a few of those voices are cultural Jews. You're not to blame, deliver consistently quality work. Shalom.

    3. I too am Jewish. Most of my family is disgustingly liberal and it pains me. It also embarrassing to see liberal non-practicing Jews support liberals and hear their anti-Jewish and anti-liberal rhetoric.

  4. I guess CNN has never heard of the internet then?

    1. they haven't the concept of people thinking for themselves and getting
      new elsewhere...

  5. CNN will soon be on the outside, looking in. They may be seen in different cities around the world now, but that will change when their present audiences have to get their news about the Trump administration from some other news source. I'd say a yuuuuge opportunity is in the offing for other broadcasters who can benefit greatly from CNN's coming misfortune.

  6. Yep the Internet is a game changer. Yes I read blogs and news sources on the net. Among then is Daily Mail (don't say it, I know their bent). I would assume that the DM and a great deal of other sources can be read in Moscow, Beijing, London, Madrid, Mexico City, Tokyo, and other places.

  7. "...there’s only one television network that is seen in Beijing, Moscow, Seoul, Tokyo, Pyongyang, Baghdad, Tehran and Damascus..."

    But in all the places that vote in American elections, there's Fox.

    1. The TV in the waiting room of my dentist used to be tuned to CNN. It's now set to Fox. Sign of the times, they are changing.

  8. They want to be CBS to his Nixon.

    Ain't happenin'.

  9. If those foreign capitals are relying on CNN to understand Donald Trump then they are going to be sadly misinformed.

    Wait. That's actually a good thing.

    -Mikey NTH

  10. How is CNN staying afloat financially? Are there really that many Lefty advertisers? I did a quick look-see and couldn't locate any hard financial data on the Internets. - Elric