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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"Their plan was just to cause maximum damage and return with hostages protecting themselves," [said Mumbai Police Joint Commissioner for Crime Rakesh Maria].
The Times, Dec. 2, 2008

Another GPS unit recovered in Mumbai suggested that the terrorists planned to return to the [hijacked fishing] vessel if they survived the attacks, [Rakesh] Maria said."
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 2, 2008


How did the killers sustain themselves for three days?

[T]he militants carried bundles of Indian rupees, packets of raisins and nuts to keep their energy high. …
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 2, 2008

Officials said drug paraphernalia, including syringes, was recovered from the scene of the attacks, which killed almost 200 people. ...
"We found injections containing traces of cocaine and LSD left behind by the terrorists and later found drugs in their blood," said one official.
"There was also evidence of steroids, which isn't uncommon in terrorists."
Daily Telegraph, Dec. 2, 2008

Can you trust anything attributed to Azam Amir Kasab?

An officer of the Anti-Terror Squad branch in Mumbai, who spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the news media, said [Kasab] had given inconsistent answers to questioning, sometimes saying there were 10 attackers, sometimes more than 10.
New York Times, Dec. 1, 2008

Only 10 militants have been identified, but, according to a private TV channel, Azam Amir Qasab apparently confirmed there were 15 attackers.
BBC.com, Dec. 1, 2008

Most of what Mr. [Azam Amir] Kasab has said so far has proven accurate, [Rakesh Maria] said in the interview.
Wall Street Journal, Dec. 2, 2008

How badly was Kasab wounded?