Just like almost everything else we've talked about in this class I feel the question 'how much risk should a reporter ask of their source for story' is relative.
What is the story? There is a big difference between a big story and an important story. Is the reporter asking the source to put themselves for some sensational story that's main function is to sell more papers and further the journalist's career. If the story is important, such as misdeeds of the government, it would be more ethical to ask the source to put themselves in harms way.
As far as giving a grade to the U.S.'s coverage of the east I give them a D. I have rarely seen interviews with individuals. Most of the time it is coverage of them screaming and burning Bush in effigy. I feel like I don't get a personal perspective of the situation. I get it all the time in favor of the American agenda but not an average Eastern man or woman talking about how they are deeply troubled about America's actions. I know they are, but all I see are screaming malcontents in the street.