What is happening in Syria is terrible, and Butcher Assad needs to go, but that is all the more reason why the press needs to cover this story with care.On Friday, the NYT ran a long, detailed weeper about the plight of Kurdish refugees fleeing Syria into Iraq.But somehow the picture doesn’t live up to the hype. “In Iraq, the Kurdish refugees are strangers, welcomed into refugee camps and the homes of family friends and distant relatives, but still living in limbo.” Um, strangers visiting family friends and staying with relatives?Later, deep into the heart-rending piece, we discover that there are 100 to 500 of these refugees. The author lamely admits this is a “trickle compared with the thousands who have poured into other countries.”We need stories on Syria, but hot events call for cool heads. The Gray Lady is in danger of losing her balance.
To the New York Times: Dial it Back on Syria
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