Archive for December 2010

First Impressions

Dec 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Dawn, The News

Front page headlines are a first impression of the news of the day. Newspapers consider them carefully because it is well known that the front page headline will colour the way we see the world events. Look at the front page of The News today. The headline reads, “Obama asks Pak Army to do more”. […]

The Celebrity Mufti Show

Dec 13th, 2010 | By | Category: Express News

A blog post on Dawn caught my attention and I think it deserves further discussion. The post by Shyema, ‘Is Veema Malik a threat to Islam?’ discusses Sunday’s episode of Front Line in which Kamran Shahid did his best to whip up a juicy fight between Ali Saleem and Mufti Abdul Qaqi over Veena Malik’s […]

Conspiracies, Media and a Willing Public

Dec 11th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I’m glad that the discussion of these fake Wikileaks cables has not ended with the apology of some newspapers. I’m truly disappointed – no, I am truly depressed – that even after the story is admitted to be fake, some newspapers and TV networks continue to peddle the story. If it is unknown to be […]

Lessons From Forged Wikileaks Story

Dec 10th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, Dawn, Ethics, Express News, Jang, The News

I don’t want to spend too much time on the forged Wikileaks story that was exposed by The Guardian yesterday as it has been covered fairly extensively already. But there are some important lessons that should be discussed, and so I will spend a short time on those. Some have laid the blame squarely on […]

Ansar Abbasi's Bizarre Performance on Dunya Today

Dec 9th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Ansar Abbasi appeared on yesterday’s episode of Dunya Today to discuss Wikileaks. What could have been an informative and productive discussion of an important event in both national and foreign policy turned into something of a circus, though, as Ansar Abbasi began reciting conspiracy theories instead of actual facts. And from there, his performance only […]

Noam Chomsky's Description of Pakistan's Media Raises Questions

Dec 8th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, Jang, The News

American intellectual Noam Chomsky has been writing about media and influence for decades. His book with co-author Edward S. Herman is a foundational work on the subtle ways media shapes the way we think and see the world, and the powers that influence media from behind the scenes. Last Month, Professor Chomsky spoke to India’s […]

Ghosts, Goblins, and Shaheen Sehbai's Cloudy Crystal Ball

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

I will admit, what Shaheen Sehbai lacks in facts he certainly makes up for in tenacity. That man is relentless! Having spent some time reading the Wikileaks database, he has figured out a way to justify all of his mistakes over the past two years. But when you boil down Sehbai’s column to its essence, […]

The Intransigent Talat Hussain

Dec 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Dawn News TV

Talat Hussain, a man who has (or should I say had) a reputation for being at least bearable among the insufferable lot of TV anchors, has done it again. The anchor, on his struggling-for-rating program “News Night with Talat” recently attacked Husain Haqqani, ambassador of Pakistan to US questioning the ambassador’s loyalty and motives. He […]

The Nation Publishes Contradictory Wikileaks Conspiracies

Dec 3rd, 2010 | By | Category: The Nation

You have to hand it to the editors of The Nation – they do not discriminate against any conspiracy theory. This is made obvious again this week as the newspaper changes its tune within mere days, first saying that the Wikileaks confirms that there is a USA-India conspiracy against Pakistan, and only a few days […]

Cafe Pyala Sends The News (Jang) Back To Kindergarten

Dec 2nd, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs, Jang, The News

Yesterday, we showed an example of The Nation using Wikileaks documents to support their conspiracy theories. Of course, they are not the only media group that is making sensational headlines out of the Wikileaks cables. But while The Nation may be mischaracterizing statements in order to support a conspiracy theory, The News (Jang Group) is […]