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Typical CNN decision: News before Humanity
Posted by: peoplefirst ()
Date: September 23, 2012 01:04PM

The State Department has released their statement concerning the use of the Diary of slain Diplomat Chris Stevens by CNN. Typically CNN made a decision based upon whats best for CNN and not the public and the people involved with this tragedy. No wonder CNN and their ilk are losing market share and viewers by the millions. Below is the statment from the State Department and the Truth versus the lies from CNN:

Given the truth of how this was handled, CNN patting themselves on the back is disgusting. What they're not owning up to is reading and transcribing Chris's diary well before bothering to tell the family or anyone else that they took it from the site of the attack. Or that when they finally did tell them, they completely ignored the wishes of the family, and ultimately broke their pledge made to them only hours after they witnessed the return to the United States of Chris's remains.

Whose first instinct is to remove from a crime scene the diary of a man killed along with three other Americans serving our country, read it, transcribe it, email it around your newsroom for others to read, and only when their curiosity is fully satisfied thinks to call the family or notify the authorities?

When a junior person at CNN called, they didn't say, 'Hello, I know this is a terrible time, but I'm sure you want your son's diary, where do you want it sent?' They instead took the opportunity to ask the family if CNN could report on its contents. Contents known only to Chris Stevens, and those at CNN who had already invaded his privacy.

When the seniormost levels of CNN were finally reached, they needed to be convinced to do the right thing. But not before they took a second shot at convincing the family to let them report on the contents. A family member made it crystal clear directly to CNN that they wanted Chris's diary and would not make any other decisions until then. But that wasn't fast enough for CNN, so they helpfully offered to send the family the transcript they'd already made and passed around, to put a rush on it for their own purposes.

It was then made clear to them, for what must have been the fourth time in the same call, that they wanted to look at it privately, together as a family before making any decisions. Period. CNN finally heard their request enough times that they had to accept it, agreed to abide by the clear wishes of the Stevens family, and pledged not to use the diary or even allude to its existence until hearing back from the family.

But the Stevens family was never given that chance. I guess four days was as long as CNN could control themselves, so they just went ahead and used it. Entirely because they felt like it. Anderson Cooper didn't even bother to offer any other explanation as to why the network broke its promise to the family. And only did so after being contacted by a reporter asking about the diary and their convoluted sourcing.

How do they justify that? They have yet to even try to defend the indefensible. Not a proud episode in CNN's history. I'm sure there are many good people in the CNN newsroom equally appalled by this decision and wondering who above them authorized this course of action

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Re: Typical CNN decision: News before Humanity
Posted by: Faux News ()
Date: September 23, 2012 01:31PM

In before the move

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Re: Typical CNN decision: News before Humanity
Posted by: typical barrack ()
Date: September 23, 2012 01:48PM

This is all about Obama not wanting the diary to be released until he has a cover story for anything that might make his Lordship look like a liar.

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Re: Typical CNN decision: News before Humanity
Posted by: Predictable ()
Date: September 23, 2012 02:01PM

typical barrack Wrote:
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> This is all about Obama not wanting the diary to
> be released until he has a cover story for
> anything that might make his Lordship look like a
> liar.

Precisely.

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Re: Typical CNN decision: News before Humanity
Posted by: forum reader ()
Date: September 23, 2012 04:03PM

I hate this whole issue.

Of course, what CNN did was despicable. However, when the White House is hiding behind a mysterious "video" as an excuse for all trouble in the Middle East, something is really screwed up. Would the White House have ever acknowledged that the murder in Libya was terrorism if CNN had not reported this?

Who is guiltier? White House or CNN? The media has not been doing its job on this story. Ambassdor Rice's tv appearances last Sunday was lie after lie after lie. Anyone with any sense knows that the Libyan incident was not a "protest gone bad". The White House lied about this repeatedly. With the uncovering of the diary in the media, it could no longer lie. CNN was wrong-but the White House is guilty.

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Re: Typical CNN decision: News before Humanity
Posted by: more excuses ()
Date: September 23, 2012 05:41PM

On 9-11 you would expect every embassy to be on high alert especially those in the terrorist controlled areas. Yet we are told by Obama this was caused by the release of a film back in June.

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