When Russia's military intervention in Syria began, the global media had plenty of questions to ask about the air strikes. What were the targets? Where did the bombs fall? Were civilians among those killed?

When Russia bombs in Syria, suddenly the media are concerned with the inaccuracy of the bombing. But when the US waged air strikes against ISIS there's not much concern for civilian casualties and inaccuracy.

Ben Norton, journalist

In Russia, the media tended to be far more lenient and toed the Kremlin line. One reporter assessed the weather conditions in Syria for Russian fighter jets.

Critical coverage of the Russian air strikes has predominantly come from Western news outlets which had another big story to cover last week: The bombing of a Doctors without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, by an American gunship which claimed more than 20 lives.

However, the tone and terminology used in much of that coverage - particularly in the US - displayed a far more cautious approach to the story. The reporting has said a lot about how US news outlets cover American military intervention compared to other countries.

We talk to Jamal Dajani, journalist and founder of Arab Talk; Alexei Khlebnikov, Middle East and Russia analyst; Ben Norton, politics staff writer at Salon; and Chris Woods, project leader at airwars.org.

 

 

Source: Al Jazeera