How Media Bias Fuels Syrian Escalation
Publisher: Consortium News
Date Written: 10/04/2017
Year Published: 2017
Resource Type: Article
Cx Number: CX20636
The mainstream U.S. media now reports as "flat-fact" the Syrian government's guilt in the April 4, 2017 chemical weapons incident, but the real facts are less clear and some point in the opposite direction.
Historian and journalist Stephen Kinzer has said, "Coverage of the Syrian war will be remembered as one of the most shameful episodes in the history of the American press." This past week's coverage of the April 4  chemical-weapons incident in the northern Syrian town of Khan Sheikhoun will only add to that dubious legacy.
Across the mainstream U.S. news media, there was almost no skepticism shown and virtually no differences of opinion allowed. Within hours, the rush to judgment that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was guilty had solidified into a full-scale groupthink.