’60 Minutes’ Defends Decision to Air Graphic Video of Gas Attack

By Mark Joyella 

On Sunday, “60 Minutes” aired “A Crime Against Humanity,” featuring some of the most graphic video the program has shown in its 47 year history: images showing the brutality of a 2013 sarin gas attack in the suburbs of Damascus, Syria that killed an estimated 1,429 civilians–including 426 children.

Scott Pelley¬†said the video–largely shot on cell phones by survivors of the attack–needed to be seen.¬†“That’s not the kind of thing you want to report on for a couple of days and then walk away and never remember again,” Pelley says. “You want to never forget that that kind of thing happened — and that’s where 60 Minutes comes in.”

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