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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The government has not allowed outside access to the captive, who is said to have identified himself as Ajmal Amir Qasab, a Pakistani citizen who was wounded in the leg and was being treated at a military hospital.
New York Times, Dec. 1, 2008

The terrorist [Kasab] was taken to the hospital after he was hit in the hand by a bullet in the early stages of the assault on Mumbai last week.
The Australian, Dec. 2, 2008

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"[Kasab] had some aberrations and bruises on his upper and lower limbs. He did not have any bullet injury and did not require surgery. He was given treatment on the spot and there has been no active treatment on him after that," said Ravi Ranade, dean of B Y L Nair hospital.
IndianExpress.com, Dec. 2, 2008

Did Kasab want to live or die?

After being captured, Kasab was taken ... to Nair hospital where he was treated for minor injuries. He reportedly told medical staff: "I do not want to die. Please put me on saline."
The Guardian, Nov. 30, 2008

"He kept saying, 'Please kill me. I do not want to live,' " said Kishore C. Bhatt, 56, a hospital volunteer who was there that night. "He was on a stretcher about three to four feet away from me. He was injured. His face had no expression, but his voice sounded angry."
Washington Post, Dec. 3, 2008

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