The Illusion of Debate Over Striking Syria — FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting

The Obama administration had charged the Assad regime with responsibility for a chemical weapons attack outside of Damascus on August 21; though the US released little public evidence to support this charge, subsequent reports by the UN and Human Rights Watch provided more substantiation FAIR Blog, 9/17/13. The White House suggested that this act had crossed Barack Obama’s “red line” on the use of chemical weapons, and would require a US military response.The US public largely agreed with the US government account of what happened in Syria, but expressed remarkably little support for military action as the response CNN/ORC poll, 9/6–9/8/13. And the level of official unease or outright opposition among political elites to a military attack was striking.In other words, there was little support for war on Syria—except on US broadcast news, where most of the debates and discussions still tilted in favor of a military attack.

via The Illusion of Debate Over Striking Syria — FAIR: Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting.

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