CNN Shares Ambassador Stevens Personal Journal

Last night I was watching CNN and Anderson Cooper said something that made me think, “Did he just say what I think he said?!”. The transcript is as follows:

On Wednesday of this week, we reported that a source familiar with Ambassador Stevens’ thinking said in the months before his death, Ambassador Stevens talked about being worried about what he called the never-ending security threats in Benghazi.

We also reported that the ambassador specifically mentioned the rise in Islamic extremism, the growing Al Qaeda presence in Libya and said he was on an Al Qaeda hit list. The information for that report, like all of CNN’s reporting, was carefully vetted. Some of that information was found in a personal journal of Ambassador Stevens in his handwriting.

We came upon the journal through our reporting and notified the family. At their request, we returned that journal to them. We reported what we found newsworthy in the ambassador’s writings. A reporter followed up on what we found newsworthy, as I said, in the ambassador’s writings.

I wrote my brother, Michael, the following:

if i just heard Anderson Cooper correctly, on his show, talking about libya, he cited that Christopher Stevens had security fears. Then AC said one of the CNN sources for Christopher Stevens thinking prior to his death was his personal journal, found by CNN, evidently read through, and then returned to the family. AC kept making it clear that they’re only reporting things that are “newsworthy” from the personal journal they found of a dead man. Still, WTF?? it’s ok to read through the dudes journal, and then report on what it said, but only “newsworthy” things found in it??? and then returned to the family, so all is ok for reading the dead guys journal that they found at the site and sharing with their audience.

  1. rachelcstella said: He’s a public figure, and the information was worth knowing.
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    Last night I was watching CNN and Anderson Cooper said something that made me think, “Did he just say what I think he...
  6. quarterlifethinking said: Today I’m not reading you properly, i think. I get the invasion of privacy issue, but don’t you think it was important to share that the ambassador feared for his safety and actually wrote that in his diary?
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