Is War Reported Accurately on the News?

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War was never really reported until CNN brought it to our living rooms with Operation Desert Storm in 1991. Until then, all that could be heard on war was through the radio and through the experiences of those reporting on the field. The accuracy of these reports in terms of devastation and casualty numbers depended entirely on the reporter and his ability to tell news as he saw it.

With the advent of technology, reporting, war has now reached epic soap opera type proportions. Bombings, air raids and street fights can literally be viewed in real time. Of course, we do have reporters telling us what it is like on the field, but the scope of wrong information coming to the people too has highly increased. Rumor mills run fast with stories about the persecution of women and children, ripping apart of innocent civilians and the like. Such stories often come from propaganda mills that try to tilt the war in various ways.

However, with such rumor mongering, an alternate source of possibly accurate information is from citizen journalists who, through their videos and photos captured live and on the scene, often tell a story that has not been told. This has brought to light several battles, which would have otherwise gone unnoticed. It has also laid to rest rumors that had been doing rounds. Those who indulged in wrongful acts in the name of the war have been brought to task.

Reporting news in this day and age of technology and information overdrive is not easy. Getting the real story out is also difficult since many news channels owe allegiance to different political factions of belief groups. All of this plays a role in what is finally conveyed to the people and how it portrays an ongoing war. In this respect the phrase, “nothing is ever what it seems” could never be truer.

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