Are Washington Post’s editors out to lunch?

Beware: it is seeing India fighters marking halls

Just because Shaiq Hussain and Karin Brulliard, reporting from Rawalpindi, sent in their report on a Sunday, it doesn’t mean that the Washington Post’s editors can let references to Little Green Men from Mars appear unfactchecked in their news pages. Look at this (linkthanks @muladhara):

Despite the Taliban’s assertion of responsibility for the attack, some analysts and intelligence officials said the assault bore the hallmark of Indian fighters, who might have been acting in retaliation for a bombing last week outside the Indian Embassy in Kabul, the Afghan capital. Pakistan’s intelligence officials have regularly alleged that India, its archrival, supports insurgents fighting in their country. [WP]

Hallmark of India fighters? Hallmark of Indian fighters? Hallmark of Indian fighters?

Remember this is the Washington Post, not even the New York Times. And it says Indian fighters. It needs to either sack some of the editors responsible—for who knows what they’ll allow to slip through next—or perhaps hire one.

11 thoughts on “Are Washington Post’s editors out to lunch?”

  1. the foreign writers/editors at the Washington post are atrocious. especially on their coverage of India. didnt one of its writers (Emily Wax) compare Yasin Malik to Gandhi?

  2. This news is again based on some falsified documents. I think the problem lies when Indian government does not retaliate to prove that, the information being provided by neighboring countries is incorrect or not.

  3. Nice! I like that! Let them cover up even more! I just now read on rediff (I know, but still…) that the next target for the taliban are the pak nuke installations.

  4. Talking about far-fetched ideas, here’s one from me:

    The “imminent” attack on S. Waziristan is unpopular in Pakistan, because it is viewed as fighting own countrymen/fellow Muslims on behalf of US. So, the ISI/army uses its proxy soldiers to carry out such attacks on their own people, put crudely, as PR exercises to protray that Pakistan is under attack from their own people in Waziristan a.k.a. Pak Taliban/Al Qaida. A couple of more high-profile attacks and the public (basically only the mood in Punjab and maybe Sindh counts) will actually be asking for that war… This also adds pressure on the US to let the (military) aid flow – you always hear comments about how they have the manpower, but lack the hardware to conduct a successful campaign. It is all about expectations management and conflict management.

    I’ll leave it for the analysts here on the forum to verify if the theory holds… 🙂

  5. Assuming such ‘Indian fighters’ do exist, it would be nice to know what their hallmarks are 🙂

  6. @Karen, it is not the job of Indian Govt of refuting charges put by a newspaper correspondent. Some monkey with type writer in some corner of the world would always come up with non sense. GoI should not waste its time in that.

    So it happens everywhere in the world, “newspapers print only opinions not news” !!!!!!!

  7. I hope that the “Indian fighter” is true.. this is a really good way to fight terrorists – out terrorize them… but these “Indian fighters” are not all that blood thirsty.. i mean they didnt exactly kill the hostages, did they ? i am now thinking that this may even be possible.

    we may have reached a new definition for “counter-terrorism”.. unfly India does not have the balls to pull such a move.. or the brains to think of it in the first place.

  8. If you repeat it many times, it becomes a Truth. Thats what Pakis are hoping. To be honest, they have been successful all these years, using the weapon of -“Creating truth by 1000 assertions”

  9. @Invalid – I agree that some one with a typewriter is accusing these charges but those people have developed this opinion based on what has been displayed by media of opposing nations

  10. The double standards extend across the Atlantic too. BBC always used the term ‘alleged gunmen’ during 26/11.

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