Was CNN honoring its agreement to respect the private journal of Ambassador Stevens? The story continues to boil.
CNN is defending itself against accusations from the U.S. State Department that it trampled on the wishes of the family of the slain U.S. ambassador to Libya in reporting on his fears of a terrorist attack before his death.
The criticism stemmed from CNN’s discovery and use of the late Chris Stevens’ personal journal to pursue its reporting about his concerns over security in Benghazi, Libya. A top State Department official, Philippe Reines, called CNN’s actions “indefensible” and “disgusting,” saying the network had broken its promises to the dead ambassador’s family.
But Mark Whitaker, CNN Worldwide managing editor and executive vice president, said the network carefully balanced empathy for the family with the public’s right to know about a terrible crime committed against an American official.