Thursday, March 08, 2012

Hilarious. New York Times promotes the rank of a Syrian defector

So an assistant (musa'id or mu`awin and not a na` ib meaning he is an assistant and not a deputy) to the Syrian Minister of Oil defects and the New York Times makes him Minister of Oil in a big headline.

PS The Washington Post has just promoted the defector to the rank of deputy president of Syria.
PPS This Syrian opposition site claims that the defector fled after evidence was found of his embezzlement.  Incidentally, he is a middle-ranked Ba`thist.
PPPS The New York Times has now changed the language and made the guy an "official." Thank you, New York Times for correcting an error that you did not admit making.