Archive for April 2010

Media Manipulation

Apr 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Wajahat S Khan’s column in today’s Tribune is a must-read article for media watchers. While we tend to be very sensitive to the way foreign media uses certain terms to grant an unfavorable impression of Islam or Pakistan, we often overlook the fact that this same problem – using particular terms to give a favorable […]

Where is Amir Mateen?

Apr 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Where is Amir Mateen? When he first returned to The News we were told that he would be doing profiles of the political parties. He then proceeded to publish three very long and somewhat entertaining, if not informative, profiles of PML-Q, PML-N, and PPP. Since then, however, he has gone missing! This is truly a […]

Media's Latest Conspiracy Theory

Apr 26th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

The latest conspiracy theory to circulate in the media is that, by signing the 18th Amendment, Zardari has managed to gain power. Yes, this is the same media who only weeks ago predicted that Zardari would not sign the bill because it stripped his powers. Now that their predictions have (once again) proved wrong, the […]

Ansar Abbasi Misleads Public On 18th Amendment

Apr 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The following is a guest post submitted by dear reader Sibtain Naqvi who took some time out of studying for his exams to respond to misleading statements in The News. Please, if you would like to submit a post for publication, or if you see a particularly misleading article in the media, send us an email […]

Shaheen Sehabi Explains What It Means To "Have No Shame"

Apr 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Amir Mateen’s attempt a script writing seems to have disappointed ‘The Godfather’ of wild storylines, Amir’s mentor Shaheen Sehbai. In today’s The News, Sehbai shows Mateen how to really write an attack column. Sehbai’s column targets his favourite topic, of course, Asif Ali Zardari. Before we begin, we must mention that The News has published […]

The Nation Misrepresents UN Report, Government's Response

Apr 21st, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation‘s editorial from Monday severely misrepresents findings of the UN Report, raising serious questions about whether the editorial’s authors actually read the report. Actually, The Nation‘s editorial even contradicts itself as to the government’s response. The editorial, “The Benazir murder,” accuses the government of ignoring the reports findings in order to protect the guilty. […]

Is Media Intentionally Trying To Destabilize Government?

Apr 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

That’s the concern of Kamran Shafi, who sees the invocation of the name of the Chief Justice as a cynical plot by some media types who are willing to put government on a collision course in order to to increase viewership for their TV programmes. I was horrified to see recently a private TV channel […]

The Roots of Apocalypse TV

Apr 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

The following column by Nadeem Paracha is from Dawn. It’s a fascinating tale of the origins of end-of-the-world messages on religious programming and how these shows are used to manipulate the people. What’s most interesting, though, is that the warning that Nadeem mentions from Zia’s regime – the falling of Skylab – never came to […]


Apr 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Fasi Zaka’s satirical wit is truly a national treasure. His latest column for Express Tribune takes a light-hearted poke at that brass trickster Zaid Hamid. Karachi: A student member of Brasstricks is writing to his friends on the net about the failed Pakistan Resolution on March 23 by Syed Samad Bond in Lahore at Al […]

The Decline and Fall of the Pakistani News Anchor

Apr 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

The following is the first post from Wajahat S. Khan’s new blog, My Name is Khan. The piece originally published in Aurora, Dawn’s Marketing Magazine, in 2006. Khan was launching Dawn News TV at the time, as Head of the International Desk. You probably know him best from his show TalkBack on Dawn. Today he […]