Libyan reporting lacks scepticism, says US journalist

Across the pond, US journalist Howard Kurtz has raised an interesting point concerning the media’s reaction to the international air strikes in Libya – where is the scepticism from the press?

The CNN journalist used his Reliable Sources show to ask: “What happened to the media’s scepticism?

“The media get excited by war … and sometimes something is lost in that initial excitement. It reminds me of eight years ago, when Shock and Awe was rained down upon Baghdad and the media utterly failed to ask sceptical questions.

“What if there’s a long-term stalemate here? What if this goes on and on? What if there are American casualties? Do you stop this operation with Gaddafi still in power? These are the questions I think we need to be asking,” he said.

Overall, the UK press appears to find itself in a similar situation. There are some dissenting articles – an opinion piece by Andrew Murray in the Guardian takes umbrage at David Cameron’s decision to go to war as the country faces severe cuts across public services, while the Independent has reported on alleged fractures among the coalition of forces that are bombing Libya.

(Sources: Huffington Post, The Guardian, The Independent)




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(Source: POLIS)


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