Accuracy in Media

Two months ago, the mainstream media published headlines which expressed fears about then-escalating tensions between Iran and the United States after a U.S. airstrike killed Iranian general Qassam Soleimani. But, a recent rocket attack by suspected Iranian-backed militia that killed two Americans and a British national did not spark the same headlines.

The deadly rocket attack in Iraq was believed to have been conducted by members of the Iranian-backed Revolutionary Guards. Twelve other personnel were injured in the attack and the military has yet to publicly identify the victims until kin notification has taken place, but said that they believe the Iranian military proxies fired the rockets.

But this time, the media did not publish headlines that hinted at a possible war between Iran and the United States. CNN headlined the news story, “2 Americans and 1 British national killed in rocket attack on base in Iraq.”

Compare that headline to a CNN article from January 3, 2020, which read, “Russia warns of ‘grave consequences’ of US attack.” Or another article from the same day which said, “Iranian ambassador to UN: Soleimani killing is an ‘act of war.’”

The media has moved past its gloomy headlines from early January 2020, which did not result in a war between Iran and the United States. It should stick to fact-driven headlines and avoid its fear-mongering headlines of the recent past. CNN should not have engaged in such rhetoric to begin with, and their recent article hinted that they tabled rumors of war, for now.

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