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It's no wonder CNN can't really say what's going on Nigeria. The country's media seems clueless as well.

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Radio Nigeria, the government station, hasn't had a story on Boko Haram in three days. The tabloid Punch, also focused on next month's presidential election, has nothing on the Boko Haram attack.

The Daily Trust is playing up the comments of presidential aspirant General Muhammadu Buhari who told a recent campaign rally, "if we are elected, and in a few months, Boko Haram will be a thing of the past," a claim that seems disconnected from reality (although that is not unusual in presidential campaigns of many nations.)

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The Nigerian Guardian, no relation to the UK Guardian, has nothing on the attacks reported by CNN.

The UK Guardian also cites the 2,000 deaths figure in arguing that the Nigerian attacks are undercovered.

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Yet the UK Guardian story is also lightly sourced, accepting as fact the claims of of Max Abrahms, "a terrorism analyst," who tweeted: "It's shameful how the 2K people killed in Boko Haram's biggest massacre gets almost no media coverage."

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Sounds like its a fact that 2,000 people died. But Abrahams was citing as fact a carefully hedged statement from Amnesty International. Here's what Amnesty said.

"If [emphasis added] reports that the town was largely razed to the ground and that hundreds or even as many as two thousand civilians were killed are true, this marks a disturbing and bloody escalation of Boko Haram's ongoing onslaught against the civilian population," said Daniel Eyre, Nigeria researcher for Amnesty International."

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But if it's not true that 2,000 people were killed, then it's not true. And all of these stories are inaccurate. So that's your choice as of now: no coverage or unverified coverage.

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