Friday, July 21, 2006

Hell on Earth... or, you know, a little fright
The image at the right is a screenshot from CNN.com at the time of this posting. The caption makes it sound like the family in the picture escaped a pretty harrowing experience, does it not?

My first thought was "man, they don't look like they just came out of a war zone," which led to "okay, maybe they're just really relieved to have escaped." So, I click through to the full article to get the true story.

Like thousands of Lebanese-American families, the Esseilys' family visit to Lebanon coincided with Hezbollah's capture of Israeli soldiers and the Israeli airstrikes that followed.

Esseily doesn't consider herself "inside the war."

"I was three kilometers away, and I heard [an airstrike] and [it] shook my house. The smoke was coming up my way, and I smelled the plastic and the burning of the homes and all that. But I never went into it," she said.
Okay, so they wanted to leave and were a bit scared, but it doesn't sound like they were in any real danger.

So it makes sense, as CNN says on the front page, that they are thinking about all of the people who are still there, and worrying for their safety. But why describe their departure as "escap[ing] the horrors of Israel's campaign"? (emphasis added)

What horrors did these people experience?

And if this is the closest CNN can come to finding someone who were horrified, what does that say about everyone else?

I'm just asking because I want to know why the media feels the need to drum up excitement about these things. I know I'm not the first to ask—and I'm not taking it as far as some others who would scream "antisemitism!!" at the top of their lungs—but the desire to tell a good story really handicaps their ability to tell the truth.

1 comment:

stew said...

I don't doubt that they escaped 'horrors.'

If they stayed, there's a chance they may have been hit with an airstrike or mortar round... that's certainly horrific.