Azita Raji and the Indian Joke
Naim Naqvi | 27 Oct 2014

Have you heard this joke ? - "A newsboy was standing on the corner with a stack of papers, yelling, "Read all about it. Fifty people swindled! Fifty people swindled!" Curious, a man walked over, bought a paper, and checked the front page. Finding nothing, the man said, "There's nothing in here about fifty people being swindled." The newsboy ignored him and went on, calling out, "Read all about it. Fifty-one people swindled!"

Hers is what was published on 24th of October, 2014 in The Times of India. President Barack Obama has nominated a major fundraiser for his presidential campaign Azita Raji as the US ambassador to Sweden. A former investment banker, California-based Raji served as national vice-chair of finance for Obama's presidential campaign in 2012.

Considered as a top bundler, Raji had helped raise more than $500,000 for Obama's 2012 campaign. Raji's nomination was announced along with several other key administrative positions by White House, reported Times of India.

And the fact of matter , according to Payvand News Iran is, as confirmed by White House :

Azita Raji is a recognized business strategist, and a former Wall Street executive with international experience, who currently brings her expertise in global financial markets, economics, and strategic thinking to numerous leadership roles in the non-profit sector, by serving as an active trustee, co-founder, and advisor on national boards and appointed commissions, including The President's Commission on White House Fellowships, Barnard College, Columbia Business School's Social Enterprise Program, Athena Center for Leadership Studies at Barnard College, Economic Advisory Council of the Center for American Progress, National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution, and National Partnership for Women and Families. During the 2012 Obama campaign, Raji served as National Finance Vice Chair and Chair of the Swing State Victory Fund, in addition to serving on the national advisory board of the Democratic National Committee since 2008.

Raji holds a B.A. in architecture and French from Barnard College, Columbia University, and an M.B.A. in finance from Columbia Business School. She is a designated Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Bretton Woods Committee.

Raji was born in Tehran, Iran, and spent her early years growing up and studying in Iran and Western Europe. She attended and graduated from an international high school in Lausanne, Switzerland, where she was a competitive downhill skier and chess player, before coming to live in the United States for the first time, to attend college at age 17. Throughout her life she has lived, studied, and worked in the Middle East, Latin America, Western Europe, and the Far East, and is fluent and literate in several languages, including Farsi and French. She has drawn from her wide global awareness and cultural perspective throughout her life and career. Raji currently resides in Northern California with her family.''

These kind of journalistic faux pas occur when we lose direction, devotion and conviction in the most sensitive profession . A doctor buries his mistakes while a journalist publishes it.