I can’t find anything on the FoxNews site about the two network employees abducted in Gaza. CBS has it; the LA Times has it; the BBC has it; even Al Jazeera has it.
I was wondering about that myself.
I’m assuming they don’t want to prejudice the outcome and are keeping mum for that reason. It seems to be the standard in these cases: The WSJ was very circumspect in talking about Danny Pearl, and so was the Christian Science Monitor in talking about Jill Carroll.
I see huge ethical problems with news outlets giving favorable coverage to thugs (i.e., doing less than truthful reporting) in order to get/maintain access in places like Gaza, Hezbollahland, Iraq under Saddam, etc. But I don’t blame news organizations for wanting to protect their own in these kidnapping cases. I must also assume that they’re getting advice from counterterrorism types, not to mention their own in-house counsel.
A smart FOX executive requested that it be minimally reported on their network. A smart move as it doesn’t allow the ante to be upped and undue publicity gains for the terrorists.
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