For the past twelve hours, CNN US' website has run the headline "US troops in snipers' line of fire", and claims Islamist terrorists "call for" their own PR campaign to influence the American public. On CNN's international edition, the headline reads "Is it time to abort Iraq mission?". Is it just me, or is that quite dubious? They talk about the Islamists wanting to run a PR campaign when CNN is in fact obviously showing a propaganda video. There is a PR campaign, and it's happening on CNN. Fox fans might perhaps call that "aiding and abetting the enemy". CNN is offering free publicity to these people at the same time as it runs an op-ed type piece on its international front page with the same agenda as the Islamists: American withdrawal. Differences between the US and international editions are quite common, but I get the impression that the international headline is just a preview of what the US version will display once CNN deems the American public to be ready for its message. I back an Iraq pull out because it's a no-win scenario, but this kind of media behaviour strikes me as manipulative. Thoughts?