If you have been following my repeated concerns about how the mainstream media is getting sloppy and out of control, today’s blog will show more clearly what I am talking about.
On Sunday, ABC News anchor Tom Llamas aired some of the footage, reporting that it showed “the situation rapidly spiraling out of control in northern Syria.”
But something does not seem right when you look at the video more closely. There are a bunch of people with camera phones videoing the footage of the massive firepower demonstration. Take a look at this short video and see if you see what I see.
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Tom Llamas describes what is happening with a deep concern for all the lives that are being destroyed in the process under the sheer weight of this Turkish attack on the Kurdish people.
I am not writing to say that the Kurds are not indeed being heavily beaten down by the Turkish army right now and that based on their reputation, there is probably many atrocities being committed even now. What I am writing about today is that the mainstream media is getting really sloppy.
The video footage is from a weapons range in the USA from a demonstration of military firepower. This is just incompetent journalism at best and just speaks to the point that I have been making about the 24/7 News cycle. The unceasing news production machinery can easily lead people to believe untruths when their number one concern is not accuracy, but speed to press.
Fortunately after airing this video twice, ABC pulled it from the show after they realized it was a bogus film clip irrelevant to their story.
ABC News has since released a statement in which it issued a correction and apology for the error.
“[W]e’ve taken down video that aired on World News Tonight Sunday and Good Morning America this morning that appeared to be from the Syrian border immediately after questions were raised about its accuracy. ABC News regrets the error,” a press representative for the network said.
There is so much more than meets the eye today. We must stand vigilant over our eyes and ears as there are so many sources competing for their attention. “If knowledge is power, what happens to your power if your knowledge is flawed?”