CNN pays for al Qaeda videotape…

CNN paid for videotape that shows al Qaeda training and PR activities. There has been a controversy about who got paid and if the money eventually will end up in al Qaeda hands. A standard of journalistic ethics says you don’t pay for news. But you do pay for freelance material. Are these tapes “freelance”? The suggestion that they are stretches credulity. But I was impressed with Arron Brown’s opening commentary last night on CNN.