September 20th, 2001, 06:20 AM
Hey guys, I received this in an email from our broker. Thought I would share.
There's an important point in the power of press, specifically the
power of CNN.
All around the world we are subjected to 3 or 4 huge news
distributors, and one of them - as you well know - is CNN. Very well,
I guess all of you have been seeing (just as I've been) images from
this company. In Particular, one set of images caught my attention:
the Palestinians celebrating the bombing, out on the streets, eating
celebration sweets and making funny faces for the camera.
Well, THOSE IMAGES WERE SHOT BACK IN 1991!!! Those are images of
Palestinians celebrating the invasion of Kuwait! It's simply
unacceptable that a super-power of communications as CNN uses images
which do not correspond to the reality in talking about so serious of
At the BBC here, we have these footages on videotapes recorded in
1991, with the very same images. But now, think for a moment about the
impact of such images. Your people are hurt, emotionally fragile, and
this kind of broadcast has very high possiblity of causing waves of
anger and rage against the Palestinians.
It's simply irresponsible to show images such as those.
Russell Grossman | Head of Internal Communication | BBC
Third Floor | London Broadcasting House | LONDON W1A 1AA
September 20th, 2001, 01:04 PM
Yep, I think the media plays things up in order to get ratings. Half the stuff I read now I am not sure whether to believe & honestly, the foreign papers seem to have more relevant info than the papers here in the U.S. Perhaps because they are written from an outsider's point of view or because their target audience isn't America. I don't know.