Archive for December 2010

24/7 News Cycle Bad For Journalism, Deadly For Journalists

Dec 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

By now it’s fairly well accepted that the 24/7 news cycle and the competition that comes with it is problematic for the state of journalism. The most embarrassing result, of course, being the fake WikiLeaks story that wound up on the front page of several reputable newspapers (and continued to be published in some less […]



The Nation’s Confused IMF Conspiracy

Dec 29th, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

It was only two days ago that the IMF approved a nine-month extension of Pakistan’s Stand-By Arrangement. Which means that it took The Nation less than 36 hours to invent a new conspiracy to explain how the decision is a tool of American hegemony and government corruption. The Nation makes several accusations against both the […]



Why The Urdu Press Loves Veena Malik

Dec 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Urdu Media

For a group of people so offended by Veena Malik, the holy talking heads certainly can’t stop thinking about her. A couple of weeks ago, we wrote a piece critical of Kamran Shahid’s Front Line circus on the subject. But the ever enlightening Raza Rumi has taken to task ‘the grand opinion setters of the […]



Ansar Abbasi’s Gol Gappay

Dec 27th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Ansar Abbasi’s column for The News today made my mouth water this morning, but I could not figure out why. Abbasi’s column, featured on the front page of the newspaper, claims that “Big names” including at least one minister are figured in a scandal of allotting 1,000 plots in Islamabad. Walking down the street after […]



Reporting or Campaigning?

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

It is being reported that consensus mode is working well in the National Assembly, Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has agreed that PML-Q will support the government, and even Mian Nawaz Sharif has pledged PML-N support for the government. If politicians can mature beyond petty bickering and backstabbing, why can’t our media? Consider the column by Shaheen […]



A Tale of Two Editorials

Dec 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, The News

Two very different editorials about The New York Times story suggesting American officials are planning to put being raids into Pakistan’s territory serve as an excellent demonstration of unbiased media versus ‘playing to the gallery’. First, The News (Jang Group) wrote on Wednesday that the article was proof of American duplicity. When The New York […]



The Importance of Ethics and Training

Dec 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: Ethics

Perhaps it was too ironic that Sabin Agha’s blog was published by Dawn yesterday. While many of us were distracted by the awful media circus that was going on in Karachi, Sabin Agha was unknowingly proposing the very solution to the problem. Agha’s blog is about training media professionals on how to cover conflicts – […]



The Lowest Depths of Media Irresponsibility

Dec 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, The Nation

I planned to write about a couple of items that have been in the news lately that I thought warranted addressing. For example, the article of 20 December, ‘Nawaz to support PPP in Centre, claims Shujaat’ which included the description of PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif as “the so-called opposition leader”. It is unclear if this […]



Dear Propagandists, Keep Digging

Dec 20th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Mail

The propagandists behind the fake Wikileaks story that was exposed by The Guardian continue trying to dig their way out of the hole they have found themselves in. What is curious is that faced with inarguable proof that they have finally been caught manufacturing stories, they only continue to protest their innocence and refuse to […]



Ahmed Quraishi’s Web Continues to Unravel

Dec 18th, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs, Express Tribune

Ahmed Quraishi is back in the news again, but not for the reason he might like. Rather the prolific consipiracy theorist has caught the attention of actual journalists and commentators who are exposing his antics. This is not the first time that Quraishi has been criticised by real journalists. One year ago he received a […]



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