This BBC report, here, which…

This BBC report, here, which has just hit the web, is typical of many dozens of similar reports, all from entities which lack a front-line reporter and rely thus on statements from interested parties. The only partially coherent videos appear to be from Ruptly (Russia Today), showing small groups of people here and there or zooming in on a couple of has-beens mouthing against the rebels (see here, for example) and taking up a lot of video space with their soliloquies, this constituting a video report, which it isn’t. Everyone knows there have been violent events in Aleppo these last 24 hours. But, as none of the press agencies and other commentators have a clue about actual, hard facts in Aleppo East, yet feel they have to report, what we get is hysteria in the press – thousands here, thousands there quoted, but not a shred of evidence, the HD videos which should show the scene in detail conspicuous for their absence. War reports require war reporters!