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Jordan Out At CNN

Feb 11, 2005  •  Post A Comment

CNN will be looking for a new chief news executive after the resignation Friday of Eason Jordan in the wake of a controversy over remarks he made last month at the World Economic Forum suggesting journalists in Iraq had been killed by the U.S. military.

He later backed off his statements. He said in a statement to his colleagues on Friday: “I never meant to imply 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.”

Mr. Jordan said he was resigning to prevent CNN from being “unfairly tarnished” by the furor over what he said.

Mr. Jordan had been with CNN since 1982 in a number of capacities, and took his current job in 2000. He said in the statement, “I am enormously proud to have worked [at CNN], risking my life in the trenches with you, and making CNN great with you.”

“Eason’s service to CNN and support of the people at every level of our organization is legend,” said Jim Walton, president of the CNN News Group. “He leaves us with our gratitude, respect and best wishes.”