FAIR, Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting
| May. 4, 2011
To hear some tell it, the intelligence clues that ultimately led to Osama bin Laden's hideout in Pakistan were generated by the use of torture. But the evidence available so far does not bear this out.
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This “up for debate” conclusion is strange, given that evidence would suggest that the pro-torture side of the “debate” has little to support their case. And such discussions serve to reaffirm a media narrative that tries to normalize torture by making it a debate that prioritizes outcomes—i.e, Does it work?—over legality and morality. (See Extra!, 1-2/02.)
One can only hope the media treat the subject more carefully than they have in the past.