Sunday, July 23, 2006

Silencing Ivan

Ivan Watson has been doing humane and gritty reporting on the ground in Lebanon. His reports often present details of the death and devastation that Israel is inflicting on Lebanon. This morning on Sunday's Weekend Edition it was striking when Watson was being interviewed by Don Gagne. Watson reported about three automobiles of refugees targeted by Israel. One of the cars was 30 feet from the hospital where Watson was reporting. Some obvious questions that Gagne might have asked would be whether the attacks were intentional, why is Israel warning civilians to flee and then bombing people who do flee, etc. Instead Gagne quickly moved on to asking about Hezbollah fighters, asking Watson if he had seen any fighters, etc. No emotional response, no follow-up, no questioning the legality of the attacks or the US backing for the attacks.

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