Wednesday, July 19, 2006

News Follies

Israpundit takes CNN to task on a rather poor report they produced with Nic Robertson.
“The cameras took in an “outraged” terrorist propagandist, identified as a Hezbollah “press officer,” saying, “Look what happened to this building, inhabited by innocent civilians … no military bases, nothing.”
Well, needless to say, Hezbollah wouldn’t say something that wasn’t true? The print version of this CNN-Hezbollah joint propaganda effort put it this way:
Hezbollah officials gave CNN access into the southern suburbs of Beirut — the
area thought to house the organization’s headquarters — to show the damage
inflicted on civilians there. They also wanted to show they do not house
military stockpiles there, CNN’s Nic Robertson reported. Robertson said he could
not confirm the group’s assertions about what was housed in the area.
The broadcast itself left out the last sentence, at least in the version that was broadcast last night. In fact, he seemed to confirm what his handler was telling him, noting that the detritis strewn about was all “civilian” — as if Hezbollah would take this idiot directly to its weapons dumps for all the world to see.

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