CNN – Media Bully

Posted on March 22, 2011

This week CNN has taken off after two high-profile conservative targets and probably feel they’ve scored a couple of popular touchdowns.  First was as go round with a Sara Palin story; last night a long rail about FOX news and how “they done CNN and respectable, responsible journalism wrong.”  Naaaaah, really?

They claim that a FOX report that CNN and other news crews were used as human shields to prevent a US-led air strike was misleading.

A CNN correspondent on Monday angrily rejected a report by the Fox network that he and other journalists were used as human shields by Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi to prevent a missile attack on his compound.The Fox story, labeled “exclusive” and posted on the Fox website Monday, said the presence of news crews from CNN, Reuters and other organizations forced a British aircraft to call off firing seven Storm Shadow missiles at the area that already had been hit.

“Officials from Libya’s Ministry of Information brought those journalists to the area to show them damage from the initial attack and to effectively use them as human shields,” said the Fox report.

According to the Fox story, the curtailed strike “led to a great deal of consternation by coalition commanders.” [CNN]

CNN said that there was a representative of FOX on the bus and that none of reporters knew where they were being taken.

One reporter does not a news team make albeit FOX apologized for the over sight.  A veteran CNN reporter on the junket raised an uproar over the report.  However aside from full disclosure, the report was correct and substantiated by Britain’s Daily Mail:

The RAF was just moments away from obliterating civilians being used as unwitting human shields by Colonel Gaddafi when SAS ‘spotters’ aborted the mission.

Tornado GR4 fighter jets were closing in on Gaddafi’s presidential compound when the covert troops saw a group of people, including journalists reported to be from CNN and Reuters.

The air raid was following up a Tomahawk cruise missile strike launched against the compound by a British submarine.

Let’s be clear (I pick up Presidential lingo so easily):  CNN sends its most visible talking heads, (socialite Anderson Cooper; noted brain surgeon Dr. Sanjay Gupta and the reporter favored by the intelligentsia, Gary Tuchman) to Egypt and to heavily damaged Japan.   Trouble is, they themselves are very real, high-level targets – individuals who will divert the attention and perhaps the time of our military intent upon their stated goals.

Please tell me Barack that my tax payer dollars will not go toward a possible future  rescue of CNN  news teams who choose to embed themselves with enemy rather than US personnel.  It is at best foolhardy.   Did they have clearance to be in enemy territory?  “Pluuuease” CNN; a little more news and a little less grandstanding.

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