Just been reading some stuff on line about whether our coverage of Syria is ‘balanced’ or not. Having worked as a reporter in Beirut, albeit years ago, I wonder if I can venture a view. All our western media can do is hold up a template of our values against which to assess the hideously complex situation in Syria. I believe the search for balance as an ideal is a false one. If, by giving equal weight to all parties you must add in the propaganda of tyranny, extreme religious views, or centuries old tribal rivalries in every report, you will still not have balance; and the issues that truly matter, the ones that Marie Colvin and others are dying for, will have been drowned out in the din.
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