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.
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I offer commentary on the rhetoric of the American conversation, especially as it unfolds in documentary film, the news media, and politics. Check out my feeds on Twitter and Instagram. Also be sure to see my work at Carbon Trace Productions, a non-profit documentary film studio in Springfield, Missouri. I am a Professor of Media & Journalism at Missouri State University. I teach classes in mobile journalism and documentary filmmaking.
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