January 30, 2007
CBS Uses al Qaeda Propaganda Video for Report
CBS News' Laura Logan reports on the battle for Haifa street last week. Only problem? Most of the footage she uses is from an al Qaeda video called "Life on Haifa Street", which she does not cite.
CBS, to their credit, decided not to air the footage. But they did post the video to their website after Logan started a letter writing campaign to pressure CBS into airing it. Surprise: Eason Jordan sides with Laura Logan.
You can check out the video at Alphabet City here as well as screencaps from the al Qaeda footage Logan used.
Furthermore, and this is the most damning indication of journalistic incompetence, Logan makes no mention about the affiliation of these insurgents fighting on Haifa Street. Not even the slightest mention is made that Al-Qaeda is taking credit for the fighting there. On the contrary, the audience is treated to a blanket accusation by an anonymous civilian (wearing a headdress in the insurgent manner) denouncing the Americans and the destruction they’ve brought to bear on Haifa Street.The same accusations, I might add, made in the al Qaeda video.
UPDATE: Michelle has more, which means maybe CBS will be forced to respond.