Here’s a question for readers: if a journalist chooses to quote an obviously inaccurate – and in this case, patently unhinged – statement made by someone in the news, does that journalist also have an obligation to inform audiences of the statement’s inaccuracy? And, should the journalist chose not to provide background information which allows the audience to put that quote into its correct context, is he or she guilty of trying to shape audience perception of an event?
The BBC has so far produced three reports on the subject of Bashar al Assad’s claim made on February 3rd that the alleged Israeli attack on a benign-sounding “research centre” and/or weapons convoy last week is an attempt to “destabilise” his country and proves Israel’s involvement in the 23 month internal conflict in Syria.
On February 3rd the Middle East section of the BBC News website looked…
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