Only a 91 word article

America does not care much about Bugti’s killing

Pakistani politicians are aghast. Newspaper editors think it does not bode well. But Musharraf is unapologetic. [Related post over at The Glasshouse]

Amid all this, Dawn carries a report titled: “91-word NYT report on Bugti’s death“. The report details how little space American newspapers devoted to Bugti’s death. If the New York Times article was 91 words long, the report points out, the other big US newspapers were even more brief. And why, the Chicago Tribune and the Christian Science Monitor didn’t even report the killing.

Reading the tea leaves to divine Washington’s position is an old Pakistani ritual. In this case, the Dawn is hinting that the United States is not about to squeeze Musharraf on his handling of Balochistan. But of course.

5 thoughts on “Only a 91 word article”

  1. In US, the dog doesn’t bark unless its tail isn’t wagged by US State Department, esp. with issues portraying Pak dictator negatively.

  2. Chandra, are you implying that the new york times and other lefty newspapers, which seldom bother to camouflage their dislike for bush, are in cahoots with his administration?

    i believe [ whilst turning green with envy], it is the pakistani p.r machinery, which is responsible.

  3. Kaul, US media criticizes US govt (it helps if a right winger is in-charge) if it’s directly involved in overseas operation, else it follow State Dept lead and stick to spokesman’s story – usually other voices are dismissed as non-verifiable – with regards to every other story including the recent war between Israel-Lebanon (have you seen any criticism of Israel in any US paper editorials at least to appear balance?). I don’t even have to mention terror stories related to India. Pak pr machine works via state dept as long as a chicken is slaughtered every new moon to pacify the state dept gods.

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