Journalists simulate “last messages” from Aleppo; is it right to mislead the public to get attention or it doesn’t matter when the outcome is positive?
We all have been watching the horrible war coverage on the Syrian’ war and have been affected by the tragedy in some way. Recently, several videos of people saying their last messages from Aleppo start appearing (watch the video bellow) and have shocked me and the world.
After some research, it was found that the people in the videos are not common people but are activists that have thousands of followers on twitter and publish information about the war and other topics on social media. Their idea was considered a successful PR campaign that reached every corner of the world.
My question is: is it right to mislead the public to get attention?
Nowadays, our world is full of fake news, wrong motives, and bad intentions. However, war news is something people take it very seriously (at least I do) as it is life treating and it can happen to anyone, anywhere in the world. Some say creating a kind of campaign around life-treating situations to get the right attention was a genius move. What if they didn’t get the right attention? and would make things even worse? Would lying be the correct move?
The Syrian war has shown us that the world does not always say the true, actually sometimes there is no way to know what to believe in, but the conflicts between Russian, USA and Syria are very clear. Can you imagine if the videos would make the situation even worse and the activist ended up dying?
There are many cases of fake news that did not go well such as George W. Bush’s Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq and the time Fox News hired a CIA operative who wasn’t a CIA operative and much more.
We all have fallen for fake news, people find it easier to believe in a friend than an expert and that is how rumours start. Propaganda has been part of mainstream media since the beginning of news, lying during the wars has been something like a cliché.
Fortunately, the activists got the attention they needed, as the news affected the world and the leaders.They got the passage to rescue the people that were in the war zone and were listened by the ONU. A danger and unethical move that got it right and saved lives.
Do you think it was a dumb or genius move? Please share your opinion bellow…