posted on Dec, 9 2011 @ 04:42 PM
Originally posted by Vardoger
I'm just wondering....when CNN (or other) cites "reliable sources" or "witnesses say" (without providing video/names) do you immediate stop
watching? When they refer to their "reporter in the field" do you stop listening?
Yes we need to check the facts, but IMO the MSM get's way more cushion than it deserves.
I don't no because in a lot (if not all) cases, a journalist bringing news from a particularly hostile area of the world is doing so with the
constant threat of death or capture.
You get your brave journalists (I only watch Sky News so Sam Kiley, Holly Williams and Alex Crawford spring to mind but there are others on every news
network) who do it for the sake of reporting news and don't care about their name, face or whatever getting out there.
On the other hand, a report was shown on Sky News the other day about the Syrian people in Homs being fired at by snipers working for the government
there and while the reporter who filmed and reported on it was shown and named and gave a report from Lebanon live after his footage aired, those who
helped the injured and those who helped the reporter escape Syria unharmed and sneak across the border to send the report to his bosses were unnamed
and unidentified for obvious reasons.
For some reason, a lot of conspiracy theorists seem to be under the impression that a jouornalist citing sources without naming them is evidence of a
sinister plot by a fictional group called the Illuminati but it isn't. It's more about the safety of those helping file those reports because
obviously, these journalists need to get back into the country at some point to bring further news from the area and if they can't do that, they need
their sources alive to give them the info that they themselves can't get from stepping into the country personally.