How The Washington Post Deceives Us About The War In Syria
by Ahab Jezebel
One of the most prestigious US medias, The Washington Post clearly has no built-in review mechanism for monitoring the quality and veracity of its source material relating to the coverage of war zone news. This is particularly apparent with regard to the reporting of the ongoing war situation in Syria. At present these professional standards have slipped and the paper has placed itself outside the ranks of real journalism and professionalism on which it built its enviable reputation – long before the war in Syria.
Spreading propaganda, and relying only on activists, is not professional. It resembles paid publicity, designed to affect public opinion, and it takes advantage of less informed readers and politicians.
We can open a small window into one of the latest articles on Syria by The Washington Post entitled:”Civilian casualties spiral in Syria as air raids target areas marked for cease-fire”. The article was not written from Syria but from Beirut (Lebanon), although it speaks authoritatively about Syria in great detail – and this from a journalist who has never been to Syria, and certainly not during the six years of the war.
In its second paragraph the newspaper talks of “groups monitoring the conflict”: but every single human being on Earth interested in the Syrian war is monitoring the conflict – including my 87 year-old neighbour, Louise (her name). She is able to tell me stories about daily bombing and “Daesh” (The “Islamic State” – ISIS) attacking “every day and maybe coming to Europe,” according to her conclusions drawn from monitoring mainstream media. She believes Syria is a country of ghosts and that Assad, Daesh and the US are “working together against evil Russia”.
The Washington Post further undermines its own credibility by quoting the “White Helmets,” who apparently report that “80% of … attacks targeted civilian areas”. Not everybody knows how biased the White Helmets are: in fact some of their histrionic performances have been said to rival Shakespeare. Professional journalism by a reputable newspaper should be ill at ease when quoting “a fake professional exhibitionist group.” And where, indeed, in Syria were the White Helmets based? In an al-Qaeda controlled city, working very closely with that terrorist group- the very same group responsible for 9/11!
The newspaper doesn’t stop at that: it insinuates – according to its title and introduction – that “pro-government forces launched hundreds of bombing raids across areas marked for international protection”: yet the same journalist who wrote that article re-tweeted that “there were also 1,278 declared Coalition strikes in Syria last month“.