The Guardian reports: “Videos uploaded to the internet and purporting to be from Houla show many dead and mangled infants. Residents say some victims were killed with knives, while many more died from 18 hours of relentless shelling that left buildings splintered and homes destroyed in a large residential area near the centre of town.” Surely the “purporting to be from Houla” would be enough to make us want to question the authenticity of the information that is being provided. Yet, the mainstream media has no problem whatsoever in blaming the Syrian regime for the massacre of over ninety people, including 32 children.
Of course, that is the impression that is intentionally created, even if the article itself is not devoid of cautious language. Yet, surely it is time to apply some bottom up skills on articles like this? We are informed that the massacre was “claimed” to be “regime-backed”. It is time, to at least ask, who is doing the claiming? Unfortunately, despite the mass of information that is now available to us, it would appear that still very few of us are willing, for one reason or another, to engage cognitively with it. That is why, the little clip has been inserted. It might not represent any whole truth and nothing but the truth, but it might at least inform us of the need to think.