US-Blogger sammeln neuen Journalisten-Skalp
--- Die New York Times berichtet über den rapiden Fall des CNN-Nachrichtenmoderators Eason Jordan, den nach Dan Rather von CBS mal wieder die Blogger auf dem Gewissen haben sollen. Die eifrigen Journale-Schreiber werden dabei als "Trophäenjäger" dargestellt: With the resignation Friday of a top news executive from CNN, bloggers have laid claim to a prominent media career for the second time in five months. ... On Friday, after nearly two weeks of intensifying pressure on the Internet, Eason Jordan, the chief news executive at CNN, abruptly resigned after being besieged by the online community. Morever, last week liberal bloggers forced a sketchily credentialed White House reporter to quit his post. For some bloggers - people who publish the sites known as Web logs - it was a declaration that this was just the beginning. Edward Morrissey, a call center manager who lives near Minneapolis and has written extensively about the Jordan controversy, wrote on his blog, Captain's Quarters: "The moral of the story: the media can't just cover up the truth and expect to get away with it - and journalists can't just toss around allegations without substantiation and expect people to believe them anymore." Mr. Jordan, speaking at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, in late January, apparently said, according to various witnesses, that he believed the United States military had aimed at journalists and killed 12 of them. There is some uncertainty over his precise language and the forum, which videotaped the conference, has not released the tape. When he quit Friday night, Mr. Jordan said in a statement that, "I never meant to imply U.S. forces acted with ill intent when U.S. forces accidentally killed journalists." ... within days of his purported statement, many blog sites were swamped with outraged assertions that he was slandering American troops. ... But while the bloggers are feeling empowered, some in their ranks are openly questioning where they are headed. One was Jeff Jarvis, the head of the Internet arm of Advance Publications, who publishes a blog at buzzmachine.com. Mr. Jarvis said bloggers should keep their real target in mind. "I wish our goal were not taking off heads but digging up truth," he cautioned. ... It was a businessman attending the forum in Davos who put Mr. Jordan's comments on the map with a Jan. 28 posting. Rony Abovitz, 34, of Hollywood, Fla., the co-founder of a medical technology company, was invited to Davos and was asked to write for the forum's first-ever blog, his first blogging effort. In an interview yesterday, he said that he had challenged Mr. Jordan's assertion that the United States was taking aim at journalists and asked for evidence. Mr. Abovitz asked some of the journalists at the event if they were going to write about Mr. Jordan's comments and concluded that they were not because journalists wanted to protect their own. There was also some confusion about whether they could, because the session was officially "off the record." Mr. Abovitz said the remarks bothered him, and at 2:21 a.m. local time, he posted his write-up on the forum's official blog (www.forumblog.org) under the headline "Do U.S. Troops Target Journalists in Iraq?"He did not think it would get much attention. But Mr. Jordan's comments zipped around the Web and fired up the conservative bloggers, who saw the remarks attributed to Mr. Jordan as evidence of a liberal bias of the big American news media. Ein weiterer spannender Fall aus dem Grenz- und Streitgebiet zwischen Bloggern und Journalisten. Dazu gibt es übrigens am Mittwochabend in der Landesvertretung Rheinland-Pfalz in Berlin ab 19.00 eine Diskussionsrunde mit verehrten Blogger- und Journalistenkollegen und meiner einer.
Update: Im Blog "Local Man" findet sich ein interessanter Erklärungsansatz zu der angeblichen Äußerung Jordans: demnach hatte sich der global agierende Nachrichtenmensch etwas im lokalen Zielpublikum vertan. Seine Ansage sei im Mittleren Osten zwar eine Selbstverständlichkeit gewesen, für den amerikanischen Zuhörer jedoch habe sie die Wirkung einer Bombe gehabt.