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Iraq Remarks Doom CNN’s Jordan

2/13/2005 1:22 PM Eastern

Cable News Network executive vice president and chief news executive Eason Jordan resigned late Friday, AP reported.

His downfall came due to remarks during a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum last month, when he said he believed several journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq had been targeted, according to AP.

He tried to quell the controversy by saying that he meant to distinguish between journalists killed because they were in the wrong place where a bomb fell, for example, and those killed because they were shot at by American forces who mistook them for the enemy, AP reported, saying in a memo to CNN staff, “I never meant to imply that U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise.”

Jordan said in a prepared statement, “I have decided to resign in an effort to prevent CNN from being unfairly tarnished by the controversy over conflicting accounts of my recent remarks regarding the alarming number of journalists killed in Iraq. I have devoted my professional life to helping to make CNN the most trusted and respected news outlet in the world, and I would never do anything to compromise my work or that of the thousands of talented people it is my honor to work alongside.”

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