Fair reporting by the mainstream would cover this as news and without editorializing. It could fact-check on the ground; but beyond that, it would have to admit that it doesn't know about where it hasn't gone or where it doesn't have other than one side's story.
I don't take this as proof that Assad is a saint. He's clearly been more than duplicitous. He made many promises he did not even remotely attempt to keep. He is a dictator, a monarch with all sovereignty vested in himself as a result of his father's establishing himself (the father) as President (effectively king beginning a hereditary monarchy, just like North Korea) by force of arms. I don't hold with such methods. However, I don't hold with phony democracies either, such as Israel for one, and even the US on many levels.
Americans are not fully informed voters and not always for lack of trying. The false propaganda of the government is aimed directly at the American people.
The following is aimed at waking them up to that fact.
By Clara Weiss
16 June 2012
On June 13 journalist Rainer Hermann confirmed his earlier report in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung refuting the official version of the Houla massacre in Syria.
The media have almost unanimously described the May 5 events in Houla as an atrocity committed by the Syrian government, relying almost exclusively on reports from the so-called rebels. Western powers have used the massacre as a pretext to whip up pro-war sentiment and intensify their pressure on the Assad regime. The US and UK reacted to the massacre by withdrawing diplomats from Syria.
In his June 7 report, Hermann asserted that the victims of the massacre in Taldou, a village in the Houla region, were members of the Alawite und Shi'ite minorities and that the killers were not troops loyal to the Assad regime, but forces aligned with the Sunni-based, sectarian Free Syrian Army (FSA).
Although the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung is one of the most prominent German-language newspapers and Hermann a well-known journalist, the report has largely been ignored by the German and international media and criticized in a few reports.
In his new article June 13 Hermann defends his reporting and adds further details about the massacre. This report has also been met largely with silence.