Now, 5 June 2013, after Assad had taken it back, it is "the strategic city of Qusayr in central Syria"
It is not my intention to single out McClatchy for criticism, I just happened upon the year old assessment of Qusayr while researching another story. What is true for McClatchy is true for just about all of the mainstream media. For more than a year, while it was a liberated area, it was a nothing, throwaway city as far as the media was concerned.
Since Hezbollah conquered it for Assad and it is back in Syria government hands, the media cannot even print Qusayr without the "the strategic city of" prefix.
This is one example of how the mainstream writes to support Assad and undermine the revolution without being up front about it.