NEW YORK -- CNN chief news executive Eason Jordan quit yesterday amid a furor over remarks he made in Switzerland last month about journalists killed by the US military in Iraq.
Jordan said he was quitting to avoid CNN being ''unfairly tarnished" by the controversy.
During a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum last month, Jordan said he believed that several journalists who were killed by coalition forces in Iraq had been targeted.
He quickly backed off the remarks, explaining that he meant to distinguish between journalists killed because they were in the wrong place when a bomb fell, for example, and those killed because they were shot at by American forces who mistook them for the enemy.
''I never meant to imply US forces acted with ill intent when US forces accidentally killed journalists, and I apologize to anyone who thought I said or believed otherwise," Jordan said in a memo to the CNN staff.