The Associated Press reports that the Taliban had planned to murder a Pakistani reporter because his reportage cast them in a bad light;
The militant group claimed responsibility Tuesday for a failed assassination attempt against a prominent Pakistani TV anchor. Taliban spokesman Ahsanullah Ahsan said the group targeted Geo TV’s Hamid Mir because he was “promoting secular forces.”
The bomb was found underneath Mir’s car in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, on Monday and was defused by police.
The Taliban threatened Mir and other journalists last month because the group was unhappy with their coverage of a schoolgirl activist shot by the militants.
I guess there was a better way to portray these well-meaning fellows when they shot a little girl in the face, surrounded by her terrified schoolmates on a busy street and the reporter just wasn’t nuanced enough to see it. And of course, their only recourse was to blow him up to teach him a lesson. I don’t think the Taliban has a handle on this whole public relations thing yet.
It’s almost as if they’re living in another century.