I find the recent reporting by the American media on the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 interesting in that it fails to report a similar incident as background. On July 3, 1988 the US Navy ship Vincennes shot down a civilian Iranian airliner in Iranian airspace killing 290 passengers, 66 of whom were children. Iranian Air Flight 655 was a regularly scheduled flight on its normal route and was struck by an American missile while climbing. The Iranian aircraft was three times the size of a combat aircraft and was "misidentified" by the Vincennes state of the art electronic equipment operated by highly trained Navy professionals.
Two wrongs do not make a right. In this case only two tragedies. But, "fair and balanced" reporting would provide perspective to the American public.