Safa won Football league, media lost credibility


I will allow myself to make a very fast and short post in English about the incident that happened thirty minutes ago with LBC and MTV reporting that gunfire shots were heard in the area of Tarik El Jdide and Corniche El Mazraa. This is news and it should be aired, fine with that. But taking into consideration that we are living in Lebanon, gun shots bring into memory spontaneously 7th of May clashes between different political/sectarian groups especially when we say it is happening in Tarik Jdeide (a very sensitive and highly tensed area of Lebanon’s capital: Beirut).

How the media reacted is by copying pasting what sources have said without even fact checking. If they did, they would have discovered that the gun fire has happened in Wata Msaytbeh, a close area to Corniche El Mazraa and Tarik Jdeide and it was in celebration of Safa Soccer Team winning the Lebanese League for the very first time in their history. Note 1: It does not need a genius to analyze that it is the Safa fans since the Lebanese are so used to shoot in the air in sorrow and in celebrations. Note2: I condemn this stupid action.

So what the media did is their first basic role: spread the new, but failed in the second: being responsible. This incident is one out of many where the Lebanese media fail to be responsible in reporting and they run fast to take stories or deliver half truths that make a buzz but at the same time create more tension among the citizens. Look for instance on what happened on Twitter and how the media has dealt with this news, and the copy paste they did without even checking the facts. I tried to reply them all that they need to make sure, but no answer. Notice that journalist Ibrahim Dsouki, NewTV website manager, was more cautious in dealing with the news and tweeted a speculation.

Note: Thank you @annahar for replying and being a good listener on twitter.

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