Sunday, February 19, 2006

Lost in Translation

Reposted as history. Originally posted in February of 2005.

By Amal Jayasinghe - Lanka Business Online - 19 February 2005
If there is a Pulitzer award for embellishing, exaggerating, and outright lying and misleading in print, the coverage of "Baby 81" would merit top billing.

District judge, M.P. Moahaidein, on Wednesday (Feb 16) made it clear that there never, repeat never, were nine couples claiming the child as their own and only Junita and Murugpillai Jeyarajah had said they were the parents.

Once again the MSM prove their level of competence, or rather incompetence. Though they insist repeatedly that bloggers fail to check facts and get things wrong as a result, this story that you heard about constantly last week, will now fade into obscurity. Why? Because it was all a bunch of lies. No one has been able to pin down exactly who started it, but one innocent couple, their baby, and most of the world's news media readers were the victims. Was it foisted on the pubic by bloggers? No. It was all the work of the MSM.


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