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Thursday, August 24, 2006

Hezbollah Manipulation of Journalists

Hezbollah Manipulation of Journalists Typical of Hezbollah's manipulation of the media was the live story Nic Robertson submitted from Lebanon. Robertson was given a tour by "Hezbollah Press Officer" Hussein Nabulsi. Click here to see the CNN report, courtesy of Newsbusters.org. Throughout the interview, Robertson simply accepts Nabulsi's claims that Israel was only attacking civilian areas. "No evidence of military equipment here," Robertson tells CNN's global audience. At several points, Nabulsi actually tells Robertson's cameraman exactly what to film. A week after the report aired, Robertson appeared on CNN's "Reliable Sources" where he admitted that he had no way of confirming what he had just told the world. In Robertson's own words: (Hezbollah) had control of the situation. They designated the places that we went to, and we certainly didn't have time to go into the houses or lift up the rubble to see what was underneath. (Hezbollah) has very, very good control over its areas in the south of Beirut. They deny journalists access into those areas. You don't get in there without their permission. We didn't have enough time to see if perhaps there was somebody there who was, you know, a taxi driver by day, and a Hezbollah fighter by night." Read the Whole Thing Here

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