The media bullshit continues

Since the incident in Abbottabad where we are told Osama Bin Laden was shot and killed by US Navy SEALs various news (sic) outlets have, for whatever reason, repeatedly spun the line that Bin Laden’s compound was virtually next door to the Pakistan Military Academy (PMA).  It has happened again today in the Mail on Sunday. Click to enlarge:

Perhaps by suggesting that the compound was ‘just 100 yards’ from the PMA the ‘journalists’ want to exaggerate the Pakistani failure to sniff out Bin Laden right under their noses, or maybe they want to make the US raid sound even more daring because it must have happened within sight of a significant contingent of Pakistani soldiers. Either way it is bullshit. If they are happy to report such basic falsehoods in this way, how can we believe anything they have put in that article?

The web is awash with satellite pictures of the Bin Laden compound, and tools such as Google Maps Distance Calculator make it easy to plot the distance from the compound to the PMA as the crow (or US military helicopter) flies.  Indeed, many bloggers have done that since the incident, so any journo would have no problem checking and reporting the exact distance. But it is clear that Mr or Ms ‘Daily Mail Reporter’ is not interested in accuracy or facts and instead would prefer to spin utter bollocks to their poor readers.

For the record the distance from the Bin Laden compound to the PMA in Abbottabad is not 100 yards as some in the media keep deliberately lying, it is 1,455 metres, or just under one mile.  This of course puts a very different gloss on things.  You can see it from clicking on the image below:


For those poor souls who take their ‘news’ from that rag their belief will be that the compound was just 100 yards away from the academy. And that is how the narrative is made. No matter what we are told by the media we must always take time to establish the facts for ourselves because what we are told is all too often the fruit of spin and deceit.

5 Responses to “The media bullshit continues”


  1. 1 AJC 15/05/2011 at 2:41 pm

    AM in that Daily Mail article I notice that they are still using the AFP GETT IMAGES photograph captionee “Shabby: There was also footage of the Al Qaeda chief watching Barack Obama on television” of OBL watching BO (or is it porn?).

    In photographs of OBL in Afghanistan and from long published descriptions he is described as being left handed Do left handed people normally operate their zapper with their right hand?

  2. 2 John Coles 15/05/2011 at 4:29 pm

    Yes, AJC: at leaset, this left-hander does.

  3. 3 Katabasis 15/05/2011 at 6:29 pm

    OK that got me wondering – so I just spent the last 20 minutes browsing through images of OBL.

    In every picture where he is doing something with one hand it is his right hand….Hmmm.

  4. 4 AJC 15/05/2011 at 8:03 pm

    Was OBL left handed?

    The FBI Wanted Poster (last revision noted November 2001) specifically mention that he is left handed [1].

    In old footage (very recently uploaded May 2011) showing him firing an AK-47 in Afghanistan he is left handed [2].

    However there are more recent photographs and video which show OBL using his right hand. Theories abound, more recent material is not of OBL, OBL was injured and had to switch hands etc.

    [1] http://www.fbi.gov/wanted/topten/usama-bin-laden
    [2] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Cg2s3amG50&NR=1

  5. 5 riddler 16/05/2011 at 7:36 am

    I’m not sure if there’s any significance, but to a muslim the left hand is the dirty hand.


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