CNN defends itself

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cnn_war_announcement_1991.jpg CNN has decided to issue a statement regarding the criticism it has received online and elsewhere:


CNN has been singled out for criticism for our coverage of events in Tibet through an anti-CNN.com Web site and elsewhere. We have provided comprehensive coverage of all sides of this story, but two specific allegations relate to pro-Tibetan bias. We would like to take this chance to respond to them:

Allegation 1: CNN intentionally cropped an image in order to remove Tibetan protesters throwing stones at Chinese trucks.
CNN refutes all allegations by bloggers that it distorts its coverage of the events in Tibet to portray either side in a more favorable light. We have consistently and repeatedly shown all sides of this story. The one image in question was used wholly appropriately in the specific editorial context and there could be no confusion regarding what it was showing, not least because it was captioned: "Tibetans throw stones at army vehicles on a street in the capital Lhasa." The picture gallery included in Tibet stories includes the image. (See the gallery)
We have also published images showing violence by Tibetans against the Chinese. A March 18 story shows Tibetan youths attacking a Chinese man. (Read the story)
Additionally, we have published video from the Chinese media apparently showing Tibetans attacking Chinese interests in Lhasa. (Watch the video)
Allegation 2: CNN referred to Tibet as a "country."
CNN's policy is to refer to Tibet as "Tibet Autonomous Region of China." In our dozens of stories on the topic to date, we are aware of only two instances where it was incorrectly referenced as a country.
CNN's reputation is based on reporting global news accurately and impartially, while our coverage through the use of words, images or video always reflects a wide range of opinions and points of view on every story.

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CNN, one of the most powerful western media outlets, has once again shown what a "free, independent and balanced" media can do.

"Tibetans throw stones at army vehicles on a street in the capital Lhasa", did this caption accompany the article that CNN published then?

Strangely, in the wake of this apparent riot which resulted in many deaths of innocent people, even more than 2 weeks after the incident we still see no picture of the relatives and families of the murdered victims in this "free, independent and balanced" gallery of CNN, which "have consistently and repeatedly shown all sides of this story.". Instead, we see a weeping female (alleged by CNN) Tibetan prisoner. What information does CNN want to conmunicate?

This is all good stuff. We have China on the one hand, complaining about unfair coverage from reporters who have been blocked from going into Tibet, yet on the other side, it is good to see CNN (and others) finally taken to task for their bullshit spinning they always put on everything. Gosh, maybe now we will see legitimate coverage of Obama and of Israel, but I really doubt it. At least though it will give CNN and its ilk (like BBC) a bit more pause before they just dish out exactly what THEY want the world to know. This stuff helps keep them fair and balanced.

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