When I read this article I took it as an impartial reporter's piece. Now when I read the following items in pro-Sinhala sites, I do not have the trust and the interest to read Ms. Crossette's reporting anymore.
1. Lankaweb: "Urgent - Task force needed to counter LTTE disinformation and propaganda warfare," by Ben Silva.
2. Asian Tribune: "West unaware Sri Lanka’s true story - Barbara Crossette Faults overseas diplomats & Colombo’s 'short-sightedness' ," by Dama Gamage.
For a reporter as an individual to have her own views is understandable. However, when one party related to the subject matter that she reports holds her as a friendly source with personal and passionate interest in the issue, a reader is taken back.
It is sad for the jounalistic integrity of The Nation.
Feb 1 2009 - 8:27pm