Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Dawn front page lead and back page anchor -- confusing

this story in Dawn on April 12 http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/12/us-asked-to-stop-drone-raids-cut-cia-operations.html has been written by Anwar Iqbal and Masood Haider -- Dawn's Washington and New York correspondents -- they extensively quote from an NYT story -- forget the fact that in some places the attribution is not clear (as in readers cannot really tell whether they have written the story or whether it is the NYT report that they are quoting) but what was bewildering was the fact that this story on the paper's back page (of the same day's edition) by its Peshawar bureau chief Ismail Khan http://www.dawn.com/2011/04/12/pak-military-asks-us-to-significantly-cut-number-of-cia-operatives.html was EXACTLY the same story that Anwar Iqbal and Masood Haider were quoting

Now why would you take as the front page lead a story in NYT when your own reporter co-wrote that story and you have taken that story on your back page anchor

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm