Emily Parker, Author of "Now I Know Who My Comrades Are"
As someone who is actually on the ground in Syria, what do you think the media gets wrong about the crisis?
It wouldn't be too unsafe to say that the media coverage of the scene inside Syria has been quite unsatisfactory. Ideological biases, projection of stereotypes and preconceived ideas, in addition to limited access to the scene itself have been affecting the quality of reporting. It will need more than this forum to discuss the flaws of the media on Syria over the past five years. However, if I may caution against one thing in the media, it would be the labels ascribed to different entities and individuals, particularly "radical vs. moderate"; more often than not these classifications have no actual meaning and are based upon the outlet viewpoint. Continue reading...