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Syrian Civil War, 2011 - ? From a local uprising to a proxy war, we discuss the chaos in Syria.

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Old 20 Feb 16, 06:21
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The media are misleading the public on Syria - Boston Globe

The media are misleading the public on Syria

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Americans are being told that the virtuous course in Syria is to fight the Assad regime and its Russian and Iranian partners. We are supposed to hope that a righteous coalition of Americans, Turks, Saudis, Kurds, and the “moderate opposition” will win.

This is convoluted nonsense, but Americans cannot be blamed for believing it. We have almost no real information about the combatants, their goals, or their tactics. Much blame for this lies with our media.

Under intense financial pressure, most American newspapers, magazines, and broadcast networks have drastically reduced their corps of foreign correspondents. Much important news about the world now comes from reporters based in Washington. In that environment, access and credibility depend on acceptance of official paradigms. Reporters who cover Syria check with the Pentagon, the State Department, the White House, and think tank “experts.” After a spin on that soiled carousel, they feel they have covered all sides of the story. This form of stenography produces the pabulum that passes for news about Syria.
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I was really surprised to see this posted in an American paper. Good article-I should share it on my social media as I've had some discussions with other people labouring under these very disillusions.
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You don't understand! their simply has to be some good Arab Muslims because all cultures are equally valid.

Canada actually has written this axiom into law.

Russia on the other hand after centuries of wars and early occupation by Muslims knows a thing or two the rest of Europe could contemplate.
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It is just an opinion piece instead of an actual article so it doesn't really indicate anything beyond that of the opinion of the writer himself.
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It is just an opinion piece instead of an actual article so it doesn't really indicate anything beyond that of the opinion of the writer himself.
This is another sad trend for newspapers, the use of Op-Ed columns in lieu of factual reporting.
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This is another sad trend for newspapers, the use of Op-Ed columns in lieu of factual reporting.
Newspapers aren't using them. People who are not affiliated with the newspapers but who have a motive and insist for one reason or another to have say do.
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This is another sad trend for newspapers, the use of Op-Ed columns in lieu of factual reporting.
Opinions are cheap; reporters are expensive.
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Opinions are cheap; reporters are expensive.
Opinionated reporters are a dime a dozen...
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Opinionated reporters are a dime a dozen...
One just has to look at Twitter to see that.
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Given Assad's long record of hostility towards Israel, supporting him is not an option.
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One just has to look at Twitter to see that.
or Vice, Sputnik, CNN, RT, and anything British....
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or Vice, Sputnik, CNN, RT, and anything British....
At a philosophical level, there is no escaping opinion and bias in the reporting of anything. I'm still waiting for that solid piece of bias-free journalism.

The hunt continues.
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Given Assad's long record of hostility towards Israel, supporting him is not an option.
Do you think ISIS or the Islamists/Jihadis would be less hostile? Those are your two other realistic choices for Syria.
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