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'Responsibility to protect' should be met with 'responsibility to report.'
It is much more complex than this. There are warlords who steal well intended humanitarian aide from the needy. There are countries and individuals who provide and sell weapons to both sides. And if U.S. intervenes we are called imperialists looking for oil. If the U.S. does nothing we are called heartless. All the while CNN has their story and "crisis du jour" which helps the ratings and sells commercials to sponsers. The media tells us what they want us to believe. Not the truth.
"Social media, which is really citizen journalism, is really changing the game," Matthews said. "Now individuals have the power of witness -- capturing early on images and evidence that can actually affect state behavior and can be used for prosecution in the long-term." --- Absolutely. I was disappointed to see only one paragraph on this. The ability today of common people in almost all countries to video something and send it around the world in seconds, combined with the ability to get news easily from many sources via the internet rather than just the "major" news networks, will play a pivotal role in world events in the future. (My own adult children won't even consider getting their news only from a major news sources, as they understand how profit can motivate a source to report on some events but not others.)
"Responsibility to report" is a joke. The biggest problem we have in the United States is finding a reporting news agency that reports the facts versus it's political bias. No clearer example would be the Benghazi reporting fiasco. CNN, MSNBC and all the major networks clung to falsehood being dished out by the Obama administration that the uprising and killings were the result of a film most rioters had never seen. This was the story that gave the best coverage for the chances of Onama being reelected. These so called independent news organization were party to these lies because they're liberal bias dictated they needed to cover for him. Had it not been for Fox News there may never have been a look at the real facts of what was the cause. This administration is still in a cover up mode regarding Benghazi and these news organizations are still co-operating with them. The truth no longer matters...political bias reigns today.
k11m11p11 I agree for the most part. However, as we witnessed a couple years ago in the (Hamas organized) staged Palestinian clashes with Israeli Defense Forces, the "citizen reporter" can be insideous in how real they can make things appear. select1w - nailed it. The major media, as a whole, is shamelessly biased towards the Left. And instead of actually debating the issues the Left tries to demonize those who disagree.
select1w: Using Fox News and truth in the same paragraph is really funny, they promote an agenda that is far from the truth. Bengahzi was a tradgedy, no doubt. Now let's compare that to the war in Iraq. another CIA report, one that was 10 years old, stated that maybe Sadam Husein used nerve gas on his own people. From this, the neocons lied to America and started a war under false pretenses. Over 100.000 deaths resulted, over one trillion spent, over 5000 Americans dead, tens of thousands injured. Did we ever find those WMD's. Of course not, they never existed and the Bush team knew it before we attacked. Yup, Fox tells the truth all right, only if you are gullible enough to believe them!
Journalists, despite their lofty pretensions to the contrary, have lost their integrity. They now simply cannot restrain themselves from spin to suit their own world-view. Thus, we are caught in between the left-leaning mainstream media ... and a plethora of folks that think if they have more than 10 people following their occasional blog, they are a "journalist."
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