Archive for February 2010

Father disowns reporter son as "Blackmailer"

Feb 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Reporter for The Nation responsible for Hype about Blackwater, US Diplomats The Peshawar Urdu daily Mashriq has run a notice by the father of the Peshawar/Islamabad based reporter, Syed Fawad Ali Shah, who has recently become prominent as a reporter for The Nation and is also known for  writing blogs about journalists and NWFP government […]

A Better Use For Reporters

Feb 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

No, not fetching tea and biscuits. Ayaz Amir penned a column in The News last week that included an interesting aside about media that I think bears your consideration, dear readers. In what is primarily a column about national security issues, Amir observes that, despite being neighbors with both Afghanistan and India, our knowledge of […]

Nation Lip Syncs To JUI-F Leader's Tune

Feb 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

With a sensational headline, today’s The Nation reports today that  Jamiat Ulama -e- Islam (JUI-F) leader Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman says that there are over 9,000 Black Water personnel in Islamabad. The Nation reports these statements without verifying the truth of the JUI-F leader’s claims. As such, The Nation joins the ranks of media outlets acting more […]

Jang Group Saving The World Says…Jang Group

Feb 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang

One thing you will not find a lack of in media is Ego. If we could only transform media Ego into electricity, we would solve load shedding forever. A perfect example of this is a recent headline in The News: “Aman Ki Asha” bears fruit as India ready for talks. Blogger Ahsan on his blog […]

What Sells Better? Peace or War?

Feb 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

On this blog we ask the question, “Pakistan’s media is free…but is it fair?” Mostly we try to answer this question by fact checking the news and correcting the misinformation that is promoted by some media organizations that think they can fool the public. But there is another aspect of media that must also be […]

Nadeem Paracha vs. Aamir Liaquat

Feb 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV

Though we typically focus on news talk shows and newspapers, it is not beyond the boundaries to also include some religious television shows. Obviously, this is not a blog about Religion Watch, and I don’t want to venture too far into questions of religion. But I do think it’s fair to make some criticism of […]

The Nation's Economic Conspiracy Theory

Feb 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation never fails to impress us with the some of the conspiracy theories that they publish. Today is no different as the editorial writers venture into the world of economics. Unfortunately, rather than ask an economist for advice and explanation, the editorial writers chose to create a conspiracy theory to explain what they do […]

Credibility, and how to lose it

Feb 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Hajrah Mumtaz wrote an excellent piece in Dawn over the weekend about media credibility and how news organizations risk losing this vital piece of their business. Threats to media credibility are certainly not unique to Pakistan, but neither are these same threats missing. Also, our media is vulnerable to some of these threats at a […]