Archive for June 2010

Is it time for Press Council?

Jun 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Ethics

Babar Ayaz believes it is. I don’t know that I am convinced quite yet that the Press Council of Pakistan Ordinance is the solution to the problem of media ethics. But I am certainly convinced that something needs to be done. Pakistan’s media is finally free – but it still fails too often to be […]

Is Shaheen Sehbai reporting the news, or trying to manipulate it?

Jun 28th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Shaheen Sehbai’s article in The News today crosses the line from reporting to attempting to influence the public perception of current events. I would not even call this analysis, as mostly it is Shaheen Sehbai making statements without any evidence or sources. I suppose this should come as no surpise after Imran Aslam, president of […]

Anti-Government Rhetoric Cynical Ploy For Ratings Boost

Jun 26th, 2010 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang

Watching TV news and talk shows or reading newspapers and blogs by media corporations, it’s not difficult to answer the question of what all these self-proclaimed ‘experts’ are against. They are against the government, they are against the US, but mostly they are against Zardari. The fevered pitch with which the chorus of anchors chants […]

Ahmed Quraishi's Visa Conspiracy…Debunked

Jun 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Ahmed Quraishi’s latest column is a laughable conspiracy theory that is a natural follow up to his foolish (and quickly disproven) claim that an American city government had posted anti-Pakistan signs. It seems he is willing to believe anything, no matter how ridiculous. This latest story claims that Husain Haqqani and Rehman Malik were part […]

Television's Real Wrestling

Jun 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Following up on Chris Cork’s excellent column in The News last week, we received by email the following piece by Salman Masood for The Express Tribune. With all of this outcry against TV’s inanity, will the producers finally pay some attention? One of the by-products of the Musharraf era are television talk show hosts. Far […]

Dear Editors, Please Wake Up!

Jun 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I remember the first time I got a small job at a newspaper and wrote my first article. I was proud of it and certain that it would shake things up. One of my heroes was Bob Woodward, the American journalist who broke the ‘Watergate’  story about corruption in the White House. I imagined myself […]

Ahmad Noorani Mischaracterizes Zardari Statements, Contradicts Own Newspaper

Jun 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ahmad Noorani writes a ‘top story’ in The News today that is an example of yellow journalism at its worst. The article, “President confuses PPP Jialas and the nation“, is a political ‘hit job’ and not a serious piece of journalism. Moreover, the author’s argument contradicts recent reports found in his own newspaper. Ahmed claims […]

Time for TV to Grow Up

Jun 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Chris Cork, a British social worker who has settled in Pakistan, is tired of watching adults on TV act like petulant children and wonders when TV is going to grow up. He writes this in a column for The News today that gets to the heart of a real problem: The way people act on […]

Ansar Abbasi Reveals His Elitism

Jun 20th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ansar Abbasi accidentally reveals his elitism today. His column in The News accuses shows utter surprise at the amount of social problems in the country. Of course, he only blames the executive of responsibility of every ill in the nation, but he doesn’t even attempt to say how this is possible. Rather, he just writes […]

The Nation's Article About ISI Report Filled With Factual Errors

Jun 18th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation has published an article criticising a recent report published by London School of Economics (LSE) that claims the Taliban is working under direction of ISI. The article, by reporter Sikander Shaheen, is shameful as it is a hysterical conspiracy theory with a complete lack of factual basis. Actually, the only source that The […]