Archive for October 2010

'Auntie Talk' With Hamid Mir

Oct 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Mr Hamid Mr writes in The News (Jang Group) today that President Zardari’s recent attendance at a diplomatic function honoring Turkey raised “disturbing questions”. Upon reading the column, however, it was only learned that Hamid Mir engages in more parlour gossips than a dozen busy-bodies. Here are the so-called “disturbing” question according to Hamid Mir: […]

Shabbir Mir's Shabby Reporting on BISP

Oct 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

A report in Express Tribune of 24 October lacks the necessary evidence to support the claim of the article. Shabbir Mir’s article, “Jiyalas abound in poverty reduction scheme” alleges that “you have to be a PPP jiyala to get government money…in Gilgit-Baltistan”. This is a serious charge of corruption that should require a minimal level […]

More Examples of Two-Faced Media

Oct 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Ethics

If you discovered that your neighbor was teling one thing to you and the opposite thing to your other neighbor, would you trust this man? What if it was not your neighbor, what if it was the TV anchor on your daily news show? This is the problem facing our nation today – journalists who […]

Ahmed Quraishi v. Ahmed Quraishi on Geo

Oct 25th, 2010 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Geo TV, Jang

Ahmed Quraishi has weighed in on the media debate. In his typical style, Quraishi ignores the more thoughtful discussion of his more intellectual colleagues in journalism and jumps straight to accusations of some American conspiracy against Geo for being “critical of Mr. Zardari”. But upon careful reading, Quraishi’s critique quickly falls apart. Quraishi’s entire claim […]

Ansar Abbasi vs. Ansar Abbasi on 18th Amendment

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

There is a famous saying that no man has a good enough memory to be a perfect liar. Ansar Abbasi could never be a good liar because his memory is so short that he cannot remember even what he has claimed the day before. Within the past two days, Abbasi’s statements in his columns about […]

Are There No Consequences In Pakistan Media?

Oct 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

American media is certainly not without problems, and no honest person will say that there is no bias or incorrect information published in American media. But media companies in that country do try to hold their employees to a certain high standard, and there are consequences when those reporters or TV anchors are caught violating […]

Media's Moment of Shame – Farrukh Khan Pitafi

Oct 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times

Farrukh Khan Pitafi takes the media to task in his column for Daily Times today over the recent rumour mongering by certain newspapers and TV stations which fueled an unnecessary tension between the executive and judiciary. He also makes the point that has been noted here previously that there is a severe crisis in the […]

The News Report on Constitution Contains Factual Error

Oct 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

A front page report in The News today by Ahmad Noorani contains a factual error about how constitutional amendments are treated in other countries. The article claims that: In different countries with developed political systems, including US and India, apex courts have struck down constitutional amendments. This is not true. No constitutional amendment has ever […]

Satire: Nadeem Paracha's Latest Media Dictionary

Oct 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Satire

Nadeem Paracha has been compiling a new “devil’s dictionary” to help people understand the often bizarre ramblings of the media. His latest installment, Talking Knees, offers a much needed bit of levity into what can otherwise get to be a disheartening discussion of the media’s farcical failings. Want to be a successful TV anchor and […]

Ahmed Quraishi, Most 'Weird' Pakistani Journalist, Takes Propaganda to New Lows – Turns Computer Glitch at WH into Conspiracy Theory

Oct 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Ahmed Quraishi seems to have an unnatural obsession with Ambassador to the US Husain Haqqani. It seems that Quraishi pays attention to little except following the Ambassador’s every move and trying to invent some conspiracy of one form or another. In his latest attempt, Quraishi distorts a computer error at the White House by suggesting […]