but in the main they mostly get it right.
Not even close. This is what you fail to grasp.
When it comes to American media there are two Americas Freeman. This cannot be emphasized enough. I can watch Fox news one minute and receive a perspective on a particular topic that is absolutely conservative and then switch to CNN or MSNBC and get the exact opposite liberal view. Very rarely can you happen upon a media outlet that is balanced and objective. Although I do believe that there are a few who strive to be. But very few and very under resourced.
Why can't you follow your own reasoning through to a logical conclusion?
They were fired for not following guidelines.
Yes, guidelines that are put in place in order to ensure the highest standards and best practices of reporting. In other words, guidelines that get us as close to a truthful perspective that is possible given all the variables involved in a particular story.
These men were not given a warning Freeman. They were not given a few days off or docked in pay. They were fired or if you insist, they resigned.
What's truly troubling is you cherry picking what you need to be true and ignoring the gravity of a situation such as this one. CNN fired 3 of their reporters. They no longer work there. They are no longer representing CNN.
If you'd like me to be naiive and believe that the reason for this move was due to a technicality or simple guideline not being followed to the letter, that's not going to happen. Newsroom look the other way on poorly reported stories and poorly edited stories all the time. CNN is attempting to clean up its act. At least I hope they are. Just like Fox is attempting to appear above board in getting rid of O'Reilly for his stupidity.
American media is no longer trusted by Americans Freeman. Sorry but it's true. And American media are beginning to understand this on some levels. Both sides know that this is the new modus operandi and it ain't going away anytime soon.
The result? Two Americas. One liberal and one conservative. The best they can hope for is to win over anyone who resembles a swing voter. And how do you do that? By crossing your Ts and dotting your I s on every story you lead with.
We are a country of extremes Freeman. There is very little ground for anyone looking for a Via Media.
Your take on what happened at CNN is naiive at best. This was more than a rookie technicality not being followed. You seem to be relegating the CNN apology to the sidelines as if it were meaningless.
"We apologize for missing a technicality in our checks and balances format." No. If the story were true, there would be no apology, and everyone would keep their job.
The apology was for bringing about injury to another as a result of poor reporting. Stop trivializing CNN's executive action as if it were no more than a technicality.