Archive for March 2010

Lighting a tinderbox

Mar 31st, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

By all accounts, the political situation in the country is tense. The Nation has called the situation ‘a veritable tinderbox.’ Unfortunately, the same newspaper appears to be determined to ignite the same tinderbox, despite the risk to the country. Mian Nawaz Sharif putting the brakes on the constitutional reforms package along with Chief Justice Iftikhar […]

The Angry Media Act

Mar 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

As was noted in the previous post about Zaid Hamid, it is a common misconception to believe that TV talk shows are “real.” What they are is entertainment. Just as WWE wrestling uses incredible and absurd theatrics to entertain people, so do the talk shows. Nadeem Paracha provides a behind the scenes look at this […]

Funeral For Zaid Hamid's Media Career?

Mar 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

One common misconception with media occurs when people believe that if someone is on TV, they must be representing the opinions of a large group of people. After all, there are very many people, but only a small few are given airtime on TV. Zaid Hamid is a a media personality who can be found […]

Making Constitutional Reform Personal

Mar 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation, The News

The latest reports on proposed constitutional changes have brought many examples of a common problem in reporting, particularly about political issues –  making reforms personal.  This is done when reporters or editors suggest in their reports that particular constitutional reforms are aimed at a person rather than an office. In the current discussion, it is […]

The Nation Tries Statistical Sleight of Hand

Mar 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

Once again, The Nation has attempted to pull a statistical sleight of hand trick, making claims about the economy that are not supported by the underlying data. While mistakes are somtimes made, this seems to be an ongoing problem for The Nation, and the pattern suggests that the newspapers editors are either not properly reviewing […]

The Real Story

Mar 21st, 2010 | By | Category: The News

A regular theme on Pakistan Media Watch is that too many of our so-called journalists do not report or comment on actual issues that are affecting the lives of real Pakistanis. In some way, this is not a surprise. Too many of the elite media personalities are wealthy and privileged and removed from real life. […]

Are So-Called Defense Experts Really Connected?

Mar 19th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Interesting article received from a dear reader by email. It raises the question of why some journalists who are considered defense experts were not invited to a recent press briefing by the military. As always, please write in your tips and articles to! A few weeks ago, Army Chief Gen. Kiyani invited editors and […]

The Nation's Response to Shahbaz Sharif Is Bizarre

Mar 17th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

One can often tell much about a media group not only by how they approach broadly reported topics. Take, for example, the recent case of Punjab CM Shahbaz Sharif’s statements about TTP ‘sparing’ Punjab. The way that The Nation responded to Shahbaz Sharif’s controversial statements was completely bizarre, and speaks volumes about the newspaper’s editorial […]

Pakistani media and the romance with “Secret Map”

Mar 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

This post from Anas Abbas the Let Us Build Pakistan blog contains a thorough rebuttal to the conspiracies that have been built around the “secret map” of the breakup of Pakistan. Lately, Pakistani media has been propagating the perception that a secret map by U.S. military official Lt. Col Ralph Peters was issued in 2006  to safeguard […]

Wishful Journalism (part 3): The Firing of Hussain Haqqani

Mar 14th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

President Zardari may be the most popular person for the “Wishful Journalists” to try to pray out of office, but he is not the only one. In part 2 of the Wishful Journalism series, we looked at the case of Rehman Malik. Today, we consider Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States, Hussain Haqqani, and the […]