Archive for February 2011

The Raoof Hasan Fiasco

Feb 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Pakistan Today

When I posted about the death of the Visa Conspiracy I wondered who would be the first person to dig the grave and drag the rotting corpse back out for one final blow. I must admit I was surprised, though, to see it not from one of the usual suspects but from CM Shahbaz Sharif’s […]



Americans Not Invading After All

Feb 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

It was said by Hermann Goering during the Nuremberg Trials, “The people don’t want war, but” they “can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. This is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and for exposing the country […]



Funhouse Mirrors

Feb 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Media is ofter termed a ‘watch dog’ and indeed this is one important role of the media. Personally, I think this is a poor metaphor. For one thing, ‘watch dog’ assumes that there is an outside threat and that its master must be protected and never questioned. In the case of media it is too […]



Is Name Calling Really Worth Journalists Time?

Feb 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Express News, Express Tribune, Jang

For someone who is happy to label people as ‘liberal extremist’ or ‘liberal fascist’, Hamid Mir is very sensitive about anyone saying anything about him. On Tuesday, Hamid Mir asked in Express Tribune “Why these attacks against me?” after Khaled Ahmed pointed out the ridiculousness of Hamid Mir using the ‘liberal fascist’ label against other […]



Business Recorder Publishes JI Conspiracy Theory

Feb 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Business Recorder

Business Recorder on Monday published the latest conspiracy theory of JI Ameer Syed Munawar Hasan that “the Americans have established several states within the state of Pakistan” and are orchestrating terrorist activities in the country. What is curious is that the article reads like a press statement issued by a political party and not actual […]



Ayesha: Javed Chaudhry’s Blatant Distortion of Facts

Feb 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Blogs, Daily Express

Excellent fact checking by Ayesha! Cross-posted from her blog Sharp Perceptions. The reading of Javed Chaudhry’s op-ed ‘Beech Ka Rasta’ (The Middle Way), printed in the February 4th Urdu newspaper Daily Express, made me realize that the media in general and the Urdu press in particular is so much bent on molding the public opinion […]



Jang Group’s $100 Million ‘Scoop’

Feb 5th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Trying to get the ‘scoop’ on a story is a journalistic past time. Reporters want to be the first on the scene, and investigative journalists want to be the first to uncover a new angle. With fierce competition between media groups, publishing ‘Breaking News’ is a coveted prize. But there is a line between breaking […]



Bachola Shaheen Sehabi

Feb 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Despite several requests, we had not intended to address the rumours of a secret Zardari wedding that have been floated around the internet because we felt that these were so obviously attempts to invent a scandal from thin air that they did not warrant even the most basic acknowledgement. Our hand was forced, however, when […]



Flogging the dead horse of visa conspiracies

Feb 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang, The News

The conspiracy theory about ‘suspicious foreigners’ being issued visas by the Embassy in Washington is a horse long dead. Nevertheless, journalists continue to drag it into the street for a public flogging whenever possible. With the arrest of the American Raymond Davis for shooting two men in Lahore in what he claims was self defense, […]



Raymond Davis Case Is Sub Judice, Not Sub Media

Feb 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV

There is nothing positive about a tragedy such as occurred last week when an American Consulate employee shot two men and a third died in a vehicular accident involving another American Consulate employee. Unfortunately, some in the media have taken the opportunity of this tragedy to promote confusion, conspiracy theories, and political agendas instead of […]



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