A short story about evidence
Danielle Ryan
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No-one in the media appears to have given conclusive proof that the Syrian air force dropped these chemical weapons. The BBC said that the Syrian air force was detected making two sorties in that area at about the time the attack is said to have happened, the dropping of ordinance was picked up after they took off, and civilians on the ground were reported to have seen explosions (the BBC said a young girl described a “yellow mushroom cloud”). Victims of some form of chemical weapon were then reported in that area and brought to hospitals soon after. This is supposed to be enough proof that the Syrian government perpetrated a chemical attack on those people.

The fact that the media doesn’t even speculate on the possibility that rebel forces could have staged the attack is suspicious. It indicates that this is being used as propaganda to justify Western military attacks on the Assad government’s forces, despite having no evidence that they perpetrated this attack. That’s something that should be concerning to everyone.

The bare-faced hypocrisy of a media that constantly berates Donald Trump for making claims without evidence is glaring, as is a media that will sacrifice impartiality, objectivity and balance in an instant in order to push whatever cause they’re agitating for. When a media becomes a means of pushing propaganda for powerful interests, rather than holding the powerful to account with proper information and informed analysis, there’s perhaps some justification in labelling them the “enemy of the people”.