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Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Washington Post - Abysmal Reporting

We all know that The Washington Post is the largest and most circulated newspaper in Washington, D.C. and is the city's oldest newspaper, founded in 1877. It is widely considered to be one of the most important newspapers in the United States due to its particular emphasis on national politics, and international affairs, and being a newspaper of record.

Following is a snapshot, that I was reading couple of minutes ago from WashintonPost website.

Ref: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/12/01/AR2008120102439.html
"Pakistan's Task
Peace in South Asia requires a crackdown on terrorists
Tuesday, December 2, 2008; Page A20

... A captured terrorist has reportedly confessed to Indian officials that he received training in Pakistan from Lashkar-i-Taiba, a guerrilla organization that was nurtured by Pakistani military intelligence to fight India in the disputed Kashmir region. It has previously been linked to murderous attacks within India; Lashkar-i-Taiba was behind an assault on the Indian Parliament in 2001 that killed more than a dozen people and almost triggered all-out war on the subcontinent."

It is sad to see that truth drivers are now fabricating statements without authentic records/facts. It seems that TWP is propagating news with abysmal/false reasoning, that smells more like personal thoughts.

It would be good if TWP provides links to references/clues in future. For instance, that Lashkar did the 2001 assault on the Indian Parliament (Ref: WashingtonPost.Com/Lashkar_Evidence).

Mumbai terror related news should not contain false propagation unless the clues are known to general public or TWP has genuine information to share with the reader.

Unless having references, It would be better if WP write "Lashkar-i-Taiba was accused" rather than "Lashkar did this/that".

Certainly WP has provided references to the personalities discussed in the subject, but it did not provide the reference to the context. It would be good if TWP that rather than assuming/presuming the context, as a better practice provide references for the reader to understand and judge the situation, and so that the reporter shall not be able to 'Manufacture' the news.

Since India did not provide the evidence that Lashkar did the 2001 assault on the Indian Parliament. So is the case of Mumbai terror. No evidence known to-date.

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