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Trump-ed up: You won’t believe what Eason Jordan’s up to now

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By Michelle Malkin  •  December 5, 2011 01:04 AM


Trump to Eason Jordan: You’re hired!

Here’s a blast from the past.

Remember Eason Jordan? Every conservative political blogger worth his/her salt knows and remembers who he is.

Former CNN head Eason Jordan is the disgraced journalist who admitted in a 2003 New York Times op-ed piece titled “The News We Kept to Ourselves” that he deliberately and intentionally whitewashed Saddam Hussein’s atrocities and regurgitated Hussein propaganda for a decade in exchange for access. Let me underscore that: In 2003, after the U.S.-led Coalition invasion of Iraq and the fall of Saddam Hussein, Jordan confessed that CNN had deliberately reported Baathist propaganda during the Saddam era because it was more urgent to keep their Baghdad bureaus than to tell the truth about that brutal regime.

Former CNN head Eason Jordan is the disgraced journalist who suggested our U.S. troops were wantonly targeting journalists for murder at the 2005 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Here’s a refresher on the scandal and a reminder that, as reported on this blog, none other than Democrat Rep. Barney Frank, liberal political commentator David Gergen, and former Democrat Sen. Chris Dodd all confirmed/condemned the slander. He resigned from CNN in February 2005 as a result of the blowback.

Former CNN head Eason Jordan is the disgraced journalist who showered gifts on North Korean dictator Kim Jong Il and heaped praise on Fidel Castro for inspiring the creation of CNN International.

You may also remember this strange little interlude I had with Jordan before my embed/fact-checking trip to Baghdad in 2007.

So, what’s Eason Jordan up to now?

Well, my jaw just about dropped when I read this announcement late Sunday night from conservative Newsmax trumpeting Eason Jordan’s starring role in the upcoming Donald Trump GOP debate:

“Former CNN Chief Heads Up Newsmax ION Debate.”

No, it’s not a parody [bolded for emphasis]:

A prestigious team of some of the top producers in network and cable television news — including the former head of CNN’s news division — has been assembled to produce The Newsmax ION Television 2012 Presidential Debate to be moderated by businessman Donald J. Trump.

Newsmax Media and ION Television announced the production team, which collectively has more than a century of experience in managing major network coverage of U.S. presidential debates and elections, on Sunday.

“ION, Newsmax and Mr. Trump are committed to host a serious presidential forum which will include some of the most reputable journalists and media people in the nation,” Brandon Burgess, CEO and Chairman of ION Television, said.

The ION Television network reaches more than 99 million U.S. homes. During prime time, ION typically has more viewers than any major cable news channel in the key demographic 25-54 group.

The debate will be also streamed at Newsmax.com. Newsmax is the nation’s leading conservative online media publisher reaching more than 10 million readers monthly.

With Donald Trump and the top-notch media and production team led by Eason Jordan we have organized, we expect the The Newsmax ION 2012 Presidential Debate will have the largest audience of any Republican primary debate to date,” Newsmax CEO Christopher Ruddy said.

On Sunday, Newsmax and ION Television announced several key staff for their debate:

Eason Jordan, Executive Producer — Jordan worked for 23 years with CNN, where he served as chief news executive and president of news gathering and international networks. Jordan’s journalistic honors include Emmy Awards, Peabody Awards Edward R. Murrow Awards, Headliner Awards, ACE Awards, the Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award, the Vanguard Award, and the Livingston Award. He is the founder and CEO of Poll Position, a news, polling, and social media company. He is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations.

And a serial appeaser of dictators. And slanderer of the troops.

“Prestigious?” “Reputable?” “Top-notch?”

Saddam, Fidel, and Kim Jong Il approve!

I asked Newsmax tonight if they googled Jordan before hiring him for the debate spectacle and if they were aware of his background. No response yet.

Maybe, just maybe, someone will ask Trump himself. He’ll be ubiquitous on the airwaves and in the national media this week as his new book launches today.

It’s called… “Time to Get Tough.”

I’ll say.

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Question: Haven’t we had enough GOP debates produced by hostile, whitewashing libs?

Question: Can this campaign season get any weirder?

Question: Did Newsmax read its own coverage of Eason Jordan’s scandals? Ed Driscoll did.

Fun fact: One of the pieces Newsmax published on Easongate in 2005 was from…me:

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