CNN reforming?

There is a reason that many derisively refer to CNN as standing for Certainly Not News.  After all, this is the network that crowed when they were the only ones allowed to remain in Saddam's Iraq until it was revealed the price was to be his propaganda organ.  And just a few days ago another CNN reporter meekly followed his Hizbullah tour guide handler to carefully selected bombed out neighborhoods, obediently droning that nope, no terrorist activity here, just friendly folk.  Of course he couldn't see the Hizbullah offices carefully camouflaged among the ordinary apartments and businesses.

Are their reporters learning?  Perhaps.  CNN's Rich Noyes

"has exposed tactics used by Hizbullah terrorists to stage media events in order to give the impression of a large number of civilian casualties caused by Israeli bombing attacks on terrorist position" 

He reported

"After letting us take pictures of a few damaged buildings, they take us to another location, where there are ambulances waiting. This is a heavily orchestrated Hezbollah media event. When we got here, all the ambulances were lined up," and the drivers turned on their sirens and sped away for photographers. "These ambulances aren't responding to any new bombings. The sirens are strictly for effect,"

Such honesty won't cause him to be fired, I hope.

Ethel C. Fenig    7 28 06

There is a reason that many derisively refer to CNN as standing for Certainly Not News.  After all, this is the network that crowed when they were the only ones allowed to remain in Saddam's Iraq until it was revealed the price was to be his propaganda organ.  And just a few days ago another CNN reporter meekly followed his Hizbullah tour guide handler to carefully selected bombed out neighborhoods, obediently droning that nope, no terrorist activity here, just friendly folk.  Of course he couldn't see the Hizbullah offices carefully camouflaged among the ordinary apartments and businesses.

Are their reporters learning?  Perhaps.  CNN's Rich Noyes

"has exposed tactics used by Hizbullah terrorists to stage media events in order to give the impression of a large number of civilian casualties caused by Israeli bombing attacks on terrorist position" 

He reported

"After letting us take pictures of a few damaged buildings, they take us to another location, where there are ambulances waiting. This is a heavily orchestrated Hezbollah media event. When we got here, all the ambulances were lined up," and the drivers turned on their sirens and sped away for photographers. "These ambulances aren't responding to any new bombings. The sirens are strictly for effect,"

Such honesty won't cause him to be fired, I hope.

Ethel C. Fenig    7 28 06