Tonight on 60 Minutes, Scott Pelley will report on the usage of sarin gas in Syria in 2013. In a Correspondent Candids interview, he explains the reasoning behind showing some extremely disturbing footage of children suffering after being exposed.
This is not an easy choice to make – there will be many very vocal critics of this decision. Some will say it’s just too graphic, others will say it’s just a ploy for ratings. Finding that balance between newsworthy and click-worthy is hard, very hard.
But when a government uses a chemical weapon, a weapon that is banned by almost every other government in the world, on its own people … yeah, that passes the balance test.