As advertised, 60 Minutes did a story on the The White Helmets: “The White Helmets,” 60 Minutes,
The White Helmets are a dubious organization, but 60 Minutes makes no effort to clear up any of the questions about this group. There is no mention of White Helmets leader Raed Saleh being denied entry to the USA. Likewise, no mention of the White Helmets being funded with millions of dollars by foreign governments like the Netherlands, the UK, and the Obama administration. There is no discussion of the fact that the White Helmets only operate in areas controlled by al Nusra Front, or that most Syrian people have never heard of the White Helmets.
Instead, the war in Syria is portrayed as a civil war, and that the Assad/Russian forces are portrayed as bloodthirsty killers who are guilty of indiscriminate bombing and targeting of civilians.
The 60 Minutes reporting is inconsistent – we are told the White Helmets have limited time to work because of “double taps,” i.e., return flights of the bombing aircraft looking for more civilians to kill, but then we are told they work for hours at a time digging people out of the rubble.
In a companion piece to the 60 Minutes broadcast, Scott Pelley interviews the women of the White Helmets who are veiled, and appear to be jihadists. The story they tell, of a child being shot through the heart while in the arms of the mother, doesn’t make sense. The Syrian army are the sons, and men of Syria. Why would they ever brutalize their countrymen? The question is never asked by Scott Pelley or 60 Minutes.
The White Helmets jihad mom says that her son will grow up to be a jihadi seeking revenge; Scott Pelley shrugs and says that’s reality. The reality is that this is a blood feud in Syria between the Sunnis, the Alawites, and of course the Shia Muslims. There is no way this should be encouraged or supported.
It is worth noting that the morning after the 60 Minutes broadcast, the Russian ambassador to Turkey was assassinated in revenge for Aleppo.
60 Minutes is engaging in fake news that could quite literally be the inspiration for murder.