Archive for January 2010

The expertise of the 'experts'

Jan 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

TV talk shows are filled with experts on all subjects. In fact, there are so many experts these days, it is a wonder if anyone is not an expert. Jamal Hussain is a retired Air Commodore, former director Centre for Aerospace Power Studies PAF Base Faisal, Karachi, and former Commandant Joint Services Staff College. With […]

The Nation Is Incorrect About How Democracy Works

Jan 12th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation’s editorial, “A democratic attitude,” says that “the practice almost unexceptionally followed by successful democracies in the world” is for everyone accused of corruption to resign and present themselves to a court. This is not true. French President Nicolas Sarkozy was accused of taking kickbacks from arms dealers when he was a government minister […]

Media Distortion

Jan 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Syed Irfan Ashraf has a great column in today’s Dawn about the dangerous and difficult job performed by journalists. Actually, this job is made dangerous by those people who want the media to be not fair and unbiased, but only pushing a particular point of view. The article mentions a particular incident that highlights the […]

Could Media Start Nuclear War?

Jan 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

There are many negative outcomes that can result from media providing misinformation and exaggerated claims: uninformed public, destablized government, and international embarrassment for example. But lately media has been playing a most dangerous game with exaggerated misinformation, namely the statement of Indian General Deepak Kapoor. Gen. Kapoor’s statement, to be clear, was completely irresponsible and […]

Topsy-Turvy Kal Tak

Jan 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Express News

Sometimes the timing of the media is almost too much to notice without breaking into a great laughter. Take for example the latest episode of Kal Tak and then the next day’s Daily Times column by Dr. Masooda Bano. Let us look at these two media types next to each other. First, Mr. Chaudhry spent […]

The Nation fails to do homework for latest editorial

Jan 7th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

    Only two days after their failed attempt to blame the government for problems at the Oil & Gas Development Company (OGDCL), The Nation’s editorial writers published a new hyper-dramatic editorial declaring that the US is targeting Pakistan. After reviewing the evidence used by The Nation as well as actually reading the news this […]

UPDATE: The Nation Eats Crow

Jan 6th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

Only yesterday we proved the bias and incorrectness of The Nation’s editorialists. Imagine our surprise to read Dawn today only to see more evidence that The Nation wrote its rabid editorial without any facts. It is today reported that a week before The Nation published their editorial, the government was seeking information from the Oil […]

The Nation's Accusations Go Up In Smoke

Jan 5th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation blames a ‘failure of governance’ for reports that the Oil and Gas Development Company (OGDCL) will not meet its yearly target for oil and gas extraction, despite the fact that the government has actually made improvements to the oversight of the OGDCL only a few weeks ago. These facts, presumably, do not fit […]

Sindh is in Bolivia

Jan 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

An excellent post by Mr. Imran Baloch on his Skeptic Life blog about the pseudo-intellectuals that somehow have come to speak so loudly in the media even though they have their facts so sorely incorrect. It is bloggers like this that make us think there is some hope that the media will turn around someday […]

Babble Media Mujahids

Jan 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Nadeem Paracha never fails to leave me laughing. Today’s Dawn includes his latest “Smoker’s Corner” about the media Talibans or what he calls “Babble Media Mujahids.” In his usual biting manner, Mr. Paracha’s witty satire really puts the ridiculous of some of the media talking heads into perspective. As infuriating as it is to read or listen […]