First : I don't blame the Pentagon for giving out selective / incorrect info to protect their interest, enforced their objectives etc .... It is simply a part of today's psychological warfare ...
I look a lot of different news sources (BCC, WBR, GOOGLE, REUTERS, etc, etc) what strikes me at CNN is
- The wording they use to steer public perception
- The Predictable Selection of News
- The Shameless Enthusiasm about advanced weapons Boy-Toys.
- Consistent Avoidance of Reporting on Human Tragedy taking Place
- The docile reporting of deliberate overstated successes
- The TV
hugging of Veteran Generals and Independent
Often they are forced by other international news broadcasting competitors (BBC, Al Jaz) to report unpopular developments but do so clearly unwillingly and never take the lead.
Obviously I'm not the onlyone telling them, I think CNN themselves feel something is smelling. Therefore they now (last 36 hours ?) started emphasizing on their journalistic independence and hiding behind other sources.
CNN compromised by the full support of the Military ?? Is it a new kind of Patriotic News Coverage, doing their duty ? Are they steered by public appreciating or Advertiser guidelines ?
If so, no problem, but don't pretend to be Independent Newssource then....