Archive for December 2009

FACT Check on Marvi Memon

Dec 18th, 2009 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

PML-Q leader Marvi Memon recently made a few strange comments to “The News.” In comments to the paper, Ms. Memon demanded Parliament be provided with the list of 9,236 American visas granted by Ambassador Haqqani. She further requested the whereabouts of each and every American citizen in the country. She went on to say Pakistani […]

Inconsistency And The Nation's Editorials

Dec 18th, 2009 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation has taken a contradictory position on US Aid, saying that Pakistan should both refuse all aid and request more aid from the US depending on whether the claim fits The Nation’s immediate political agenda. These contradictory positions demonstrate that the only consistency in the The Nation‘s editorial page is anti-Americanism and anti-government. Today’s […]

Media Feeding Frenzy Around NRO

Dec 17th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The media feeding frenzy around NRO was entirely predictable and will surely get worse before it gets better. Now that the Supreme Court has rendered a verdict, the media is sure to make as much drama while they still can. After all, now that the debate about whether or not NRO should be repealed is […]

Opinion Column on 1971 War Ignores Historical Facts

Dec 16th, 2009 | By | Category: The Nation

The opinion page of The Nation today is a perfect demonstration of the poisoned and fact-averse environment created by conspiracy theorists. In writing about the 1971 war, Tariq Majeed makes the most incredible claim that the entire affair was part of a secret Jewish conspiracy. Much has been written about the history of the 1971 […]

Shaheen Sehbai – Journalist or Psychic?

Dec 15th, 2009 | By | Category: The News

It wonders no one when Pakistani journalists instead of reporting the happenings try to report to make things happen. Reporting with a certain slant was never new but taking this to a level where journalists start writing predictions is entirely a new phenomenon. Two journalists have mastered this art of predictions. Dr. Shahid Masood and […]

Ahmed Quraishi – American Political Consultant?

Dec 14th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

This was sent to us as a tip and got our attention immediately. The dear reader alerted our attention to the fact that Ahmed Quraishi is listed as a member of the American Association of Political Consultants. This is obviously something that is very curious because Mr. Quraishi has made a name for himself in […]

Loss of Sohail Qalandar Shocks Journalist Community

Dec 13th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

It was with great sadness that we learned of the death of Mr. Sohail Qalandar, a courageous Pakistani journalist who embodied the true spirit of neutrality even when writing about political or culturally sensitive issues. Mr. Qalandar was an example for all aspiring journalists and his loss will be felt by everyone. Mr. Qalandar was […]

Asadullah Ghalib: Enemies of Quaid-e-Azam, saviours of Pakistan?

Dec 12th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Asadullah Ghalib offers an historical perspectives on those elements in Pakistani establishment, politics and media (e.g. Munawar Hassan, Hameed Gul, Ansar Abbasi) who have been, at various points in history, consistently conspiring against the state and the nation of Pakistan. His analysis proves that there is not much difference between the people who termed Quaid-e-Azam […]

Dutiful Donkeys and Pakistani Binges

Dec 11th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Aziz Akhmad notices a pattern in the way that Pakistanis move from story to story, going on outrage sprees in which we are fully consumed with a story for about a week, until we move on to the next big thing. Whatever the popular story of the moment, it gets all the attention as people […]

Nadeem Paracha: The myths, the madness, and the media

Dec 10th, 2009 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Nadeem Paracha who is quickly becoming a major voice of reason in the popular media has a new blog post today on that takes to task the talking heads of the media for irresponsible and sensationalist reporting.  After talking of the dangerously concocted narratives peddled by the state, government, and religious parties of Pakistan that […]