Archive for July 2010

Tariq Butt's latest column – Is this reporting?

Jul 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News today features a top story by Tariq Butt that hardly qualifies as serious journalism. The article, “Fortress NAB shuts all doors and windows” is nothing but a polemic intended to smear NAB officials and is supported by no facts or evidence other than the supposed statements of a nameless “ex-official”. Tariq Butt’s rhetoric […]

The News (Jang) Uses Double-Standard for PPP, PML-N

Jul 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News has had a difficult time lately with its star journalists using double standards for politicians that they like and don’t like. Mostly this has been making excuses for PML-N and giving no mercy to PPP. This would be fine if it was only on the opinion page, but rather it has been more […]

Media Coming Under Fire

Jul 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Media is coming under fire for its double standards, poor research, and ill-informed shouting matches. Dawn reports that the MPA were right to loudly criticise journalists for their reporting on the issue of degrees. On Wednesday the Punjab MPAs rightly pointed out that the media needed to be careful in reporting on the subject — […]

Ansar Abbasi: Double Standards and Smears

Jul 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi today is continuing with his sad display of poor journalism and unsupported political attacks. His column in The News is titled “NAB used to target CJ on Presidency’s wishes“, but nowhere in the column does he present any evidence that such a claim is true. Rather Ansar Abbasi uses double standards and bald […]

Shaheen Sehbai's Defamation Double-Standard

Jul 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

One would think that after a 42-year career in the field of journalism, Shaheen Sehbai would have grown a slightly thicker skin. Instead, it appears that he’s grown quite a bit of cheek! Apparently the Group Editor of The News had his feeling hurt by an article penned by MNA Azeem Daultana and has responded […]

Is Ghazi Salahuddin's Analysis Fair or Factual?

Jul 4th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ghazi Salahuddin caught my attention this morning with his column for The News, “Under Zia’s Shadow”. In this piece, Salahuddin makes the claim that the legacy of Zia-ul-Haq continues to shape Pakistani policy, especially in the struggle against religious militancy. This is an interesting, if not wholly original discussion though certainly one that is necessary. […]

The News Droops Even Lower

Jul 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: Reader Submissions, The News

The following post is a reader submission received from Muhammad Shahid Khan. As always, we encourage you to email your own posts to if you notice some yellow journalism or factual problem in the media so that we as a community can keep our media held accountable. The News is no alien to yellow […]

Media Muzzle and Media Accountability

Jul 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Censorship, Ethics, Jang, The News

The media profession has been all a twitter this week following reports of a meeting between government and military figures to discuss formulation of guidelines for electronic and print media. It is our sincere hope that no such ‘media muzzle’ will come to pass, but we must ask whether some in the media are actually […]