Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt.

Media criticism.
Dec. 3 2008 5:47 PM

The Fog of Breaking News

Why you should take reports from the scene of a massacre with a grain of salt.

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What nationality were the killers?

Two British-born Pakistanis were among eight gunmen seized by Indian commandos who stormed buildings to free hostages, Vilasrao Deshmukh, the chief minister of Mumbai, reportedly said.
Daily Telegraph, Nov. 28, 2008


A top Indian official, Maharashtra state chief minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, said there was "no authentic information" to suggest that any British citizens were involved.
Daily Mail, Dec. 1, 2008

Indian authorities said today that all 10 of the terrorists who attacked the city of Mumbai last Wednesday were from Pakistan.
ABCNews.com, Dec. 1, 2008

The [Anti-Terror Squad] officer also disputed Indian press assertions that the attackers were Pakistani, saying they were of many nationalities.
New York Times, Dec. 1, 2008

How did they plan their assault?

After the [terrorists'] training was over, they were sent to Mumbai for a "short internship," [Azam Amir] Kasab is believed to have told the cops. This was the period when the accused did the [reconnaissance] of the city and even went to the five star hotels (Taj and Oberoi), the sources said.
Times of India, Dec. 1, 2008

Investigators are probing whether the information came by way of local help, or whether a separate team of militants carried out a reconnaissance mission from abroad to the financial center on India's west coast to scope out targets and prepare the attacks.
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 2, 2008

How well did the terrorists know the Taj Mahal hotel layout?

Elite Indian commandos spoke of fierce battles through the maze of corridors and 565 rooms of the 105-year-old Taj Mahal hotel in which the terrorists had a better knowledge of the building's layout than security forces.
Financial Times, Nov. 28, 2008