Commentary Magazine


A Lesson Learned From The al-Dura Affair?

Network news stations have remarkably few reservations when it comes to replaying video footage obtained from sources close to terrorists. But with recent attention on the Muhammad al-Dura affair (that is, attention paid by the blogosphere and publications like The Weekly Standard, not network news stations), perhaps times are changing. The blog Augean Stables reports that CNN and BBC are–for now–not picking up on footage recently released by Reuters of terrorists in Gaza training and bomb-making:

Interestingly, CNN and BBC seem to have chosen to avoid showing this new Reuters footage, even though they regularly air the anti-Israel footage which Reuters has previously pumped out.

But though CNN and BBC appear to have reservations (at least, with this particular video), Reuters still maintains a healthy enough relationship with terrorists to obtain such a video.