Howard Kurtz on the US State Department’s criticism of CNN’s handling of a journal found in Benghazi.
Who gave anyone from CNN the right to remove anything from the embassy, anything there either belonged to someone living ,the deceased or their families or the U.S. government. Does CNN believe just because it is reporting a story they have the right to take the personal effects of a dead man.I wonder, if there was a fire at CNN headquarters and people died would it be OK for a local reporter to go through the building and remove personal effects of the dead he saw lying around?I think CNN and that reporter ought to be ashamed of themselves.
I was shocked to see the huffington post/aol headline today re. the state dept's outrage at cnn for reporting that the attack on the embassy in libya was a terrorist attack planned for 9/11 resulting in the murder of 4 of our citizens, including our ambassador, Chris Stevens. The outrage was at CNN for reporting this based on Ambassador Stevens' journal (along with other information no doubt). I can not believe the state dept would expect cnn to ignore this info after Susan Rice went on all the Sunday news shows last week saying this was not a planned terrorist attack but a spontaneous response to the offense youtube video. Not only did none of the main tv stations' sunday shows correct last weeks misinformation on behalf of the govertnment, clearly they would like to turn the attention away from the facts and instead pick a bone with CNN. How is it possible that the state dept and Stevens' family for that matter would not want the American people to know the truth? I am shocked. I was glad to see Howard address this, albeit barely, and Robt Gibbs did go on Fox News Sunday, but the other 3 shows were silent and ignored this new info re. the attacks which had been impt enough a week ao to start all their broadcasts with Susan Rice's statement denying any possible terrorist attack. No correction necessary? I have to believe if Tim Russert were still here, I would be surprised if he just skipped over the subject like his predecessorr did. And Bob Sheiffer, I expected more from you. Apparrently someone told you all what not to cove this week and you all followed orders well. More time to waste on Romney's "gaffe" of the week and still avoid any read discussion of the last 4 years and what we can expect if Obama is re- elected. Howard Kurtz does give the only "fairand balanced" review of the media. But in general, it truly was "Goodnight David and Goodnight Chet" all those years ago as apparently that was the end of true journalists and reporters dominating the news. I can't believe we are becoming a propaganda nation, and this from a very socially liberal ex-democrat!
Like/dislike is a matter of opnioin which young people love to express in as little words as possible. And quite frankly the feature on Facebook provides it for them exactly how they like it. Unfortunately, I do think that our young people have become limited in their ability to critically think and more importantly, think for themselves. Has it really become so painful to read a comment meant to challenge the mind and one's way of life, then reflect and reply with a comment (in your own words) that either adds to or opposes what was written? without the ability to constructively dialogue with others, we are hindered in the growth and well-being of our relationships as well as our own personal growth as human beings. Wherever there is discussion without a variety of ideas, there you will find a weak foundation for change. Good post, keep em coming!
I am a fan of this show, but was disappointed that this subject regarding the taking and using of Ambassador Stevens' private journal was not explored more. The simple reporting of CNN's and the State Deparement's public statements on the subject and the host's opinion that the company for which he works did the right thing was not much of an in-depth look at this controversy. While criticizing the news shows of other networks (for example, Rock Center) for not doing the right thing, the show barely addressed this real controversy involving its own network. This show is supposed to look at the media and how it behaves and in this case, I am sorry to say, it failed miserably. I am very disappointed.
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