Friday, October 20, 2006

CNN Hypocrisy: 'Unvarnished Truth' Fine if it Damages US Interests

Major news organizations are usually more careful about exposing abject, provable hypocrisy, but CNN seems to have been backed into a corner by negative reaction to its decision to air terrorist propaganda videos of US soldiers being attacked by snipers.

The Associated Press reports that David Doss, executive producer of "Anderson Cooper 360," defended the decision to show the video [emphasis added]:
NEW YORK - A CNN executive said Thursday the network's effort to present the "unvarnished truth" about the Iraq war led it to televise portions of a video that shows insurgent snipers targeting U.S. military personnel...

"Whether or not you agree with us in this case, our goal, as always, is to present the unvarnished truth as best we can," Doss said.
Really? The "unvarnished truth?" Then what did CNN say in this report from February 10, 2006 about the Danish Mohammed cartoons? This:
CNN is not showing the negative caricatures of the likeness of the Prophet Mohammed because the network believes its role is to cover the events surrounding the publication of the cartoons while not unnecessarily adding fuel to the controversy itself.