Media Adds Bodies, Confusion To Drone Death CountMay 17th, 2011 | By admin | Category: Daily Express, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Express News, Express Tribune, Geo TV, Jang, The News
Since Geo took a report from AFP and added two bodies to the death count from a pair of drone strikes in North Waziristan on Monday, news agencies have been in a race to the top of the pile of bodies.
Express Tribune added another two bodies, bringing the total death count to 12.
Each article appears to have the death count confirmed by ‘security officials’, but contains different numbers – even news outlets that are part of the same media group. Geo has different numbers than Jang and Express Tribune has different numbers than Daily Express. Which report is correct? We do not know. What we do know is that this is another example of poor reporting and editing which serves only to confuse the public on grave issues facing the nation.