Read this headline in the Times: "Russia Prods Syria’s President Assad With Message of Growing Impatience." And then you read the whole article and you find that there was no ground for the headline at all except the hunch of Syrian National Council figures. I mean, I don't know if Russia changed its tune or not, but there is no evidence to back up the claim of the headline at all. How do the foreign editors of the paper let something like that pass? Russia has met with Syrian opposition folks months ago, and this is not the first time and thus can't be used as evidence of the headline. I lived in Lebanon before I came to the US: we used to hear and read about the New York Times and the Washington Post and how they are the standards of professional journalism. You then come here and read them first hand and learn that their international reputation is PR work and not hard-earned. Hell. In the Middle East, they still refer to Barbara Walters as "journalist" and Gulf media refer to Kim Kardashian as "singer"--they can't figure out what she does so they slap that label on her.