CNN: Fair and Balanced?

I think not. Ann Althouse notes a horrible example of media bias over at CNN. Read her whole post for more details, but here’s the main evidence. Al Qaeda released a statement that contained the following text.

“We express our condolences to the families of the Muslim men, women and children killed in these criminal acts and we ask Allah to have mercy on those killed and accept them as shohadaa (martyrs)…

“We also express the same in regard to the unintended Muslim victims of the mujahedeen’s operations against the crusaders and their allies and puppets, and to the countless faceless and nameless Muslim victims of the murderous crusades…”After including this text, the CNN author makes the following observations:

Adam Gadahn, also known as Azzam the American, appeared in a 17-minute video released on Islamist online forums late Friday, offering condolences to the families of innocent people killed in al Qaeda attacks….

It is a rare example of al Qaeda offering condolences to the families of those killed in the group’s own attacks.Staggeringly unbelievable. So a known terrorist (who goes on to condemn America later) says he is sorry Muslims died as they were slaughtering other innocent people and CNN as a “rare example of offering condolences”.

Althouse goes on to slam CNN and I’ll just direct you there. Media bias is very common. Common approaches include repeating the talking points of a political entity as fact, including the opinion of the author as fact, and filtering only negative stories about a despised subject, to name a few. But an example where a quote says one thing and the analysis says the exact opposite in the same article is a rare treat.

The scope of CNN’s bias truly knows no bounds.

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