Archive for September 2011

United Nations, Escaped Goats and War Hysteria

Sep 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dunya, Geo TV, Jang, The Nation, The News

On 22 September, American Admiral Mike Mullen famously appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee of the US Congress and delivered remarks that shocked Pak-US relations. A few days later, The Washington Post reported that senior Pentagon officials criticised his remarks saying he overstated the case. Asked about the controversial statements, the White House refused […]



Dawn’s $118 mistake

Sep 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Dawn

Dawn suffered a public embarrassment yesterday when it made the mistake of publishing a photo without doing basic background research to verify the authenticity of the picture. The photo, used to accompany an article by Michael Georgy titled, ‘US will suffer if it tries to attack Waziristan, says Haqqani’  included the caption: “THIS picture taken from […]



Ansar Abbasi’s ‘Islamic Warriors’

Sep 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

According to Ansar Abbasi’s column in The News, recent accusations of American officials claiming that ISI has supported the Haqqani netork of militants is ‘a blessing in disguise’ because this has united the nation and given the opportunity to end all extremism and terrorism. Let’s set aside for a moment the ridiculous claim that somehow […]



Conspiracy Theories Luqman Kay Saath

Sep 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Dunya

Mubashir Luqman continues his incessant projecting of conspiracy theories, most recently following the death of Burhanuddin Rabbani in a suicide bomb attack earlier this week. As the programme opens, Luqman begins with the story of Rabbani’s assassination. And continuing his quest to be PTI media advisor, who else does Luqman turn to for analysis but […]



The Nation’s Pro-Censorship Position

Sep 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Censorship, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, The Nation

The Nation published an editorial praising the Lahore High Court for its order to ban websites “involved in displaying blasphemous content”. This pro-censorship position is not only self-defeating for a free media, it is thoroughly unworkable. The first question that must be asked when approaching the topic of censorship is who is to decide what […]



و’کھری بات مبشر لقمان کے ساتھ’

Sep 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Blogs, Dunya, Uncategorized, اردو

مبشر لقمان اپنے پروگرام کھری بات لقمان کے ساتھ میں امریکہ میں ھونے والے ستمبر 11 ,2001 کے سانحے کو ایک محض فریب اور دھوکہ کہتے ھیں۔ ان کے پروگرام کی ایک کلپ نیچے ملاحضہ فرمائیے۔ یہ پھلی بار نہیں ھے کہ مبشر لقمان اپنے پروگرام کی ریٹنگ بڑھانے کے لئیے من گھڑت کہانیاں بنانے […]



Confirmation Bias and the Gora Effect

Sep 17th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

Reading The News today, we noticed an article that did not stand out much except for the by line. This particular column was penned not by a recognised name, but by one Mr Alan Farago. Though it is not unusual to see a Western name attached to a by line in the print media, unfamiliar […]



Would Ansar Abbasi drown the nation to spite Zardari?

Sep 16th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

As floods continue to devastate the lives of countless people, we knew it was only a matter of time before someone decided to use the disaster to score political points. During last year’s floods, it was a popular media line to claim that flood relief would have been greater if only the world did not […]



کامران خان: متحدہ قومی موومنٹ میڈیا منسٹر

Sep 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Blogs, Geo TV, Uncategorized, Urdu Media, اردو

آج کامران خان کے ساتھ جیو ٹی وی کا ایک بہت مشہور تجزیاتی پروگرام ھے لیکن حال ھی میں بروڈکاسٹ کیئے گئے پروگرامز ک دیکھ کر کچھ ایسے لگتا ھے جیسے کامران خان تجزیہ نگار کم اور ایم کیو ایم کے میڈیا منسٹر زیادہ ھیں۔ نیچے دی گئی ایک کلپ ملاحضہ فرمائیے۔     اس […]



How Conspiracy Theorists Distort Reality

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

Though media in Pakistan is filled with half-baked conspiracy theories, such non sense is by no means a Pakistani invention. Actually, many of the most popular anti-American conspiracy theories are connected with tales concocted by America’s own conspiracy theorists. In an ironic twist of rhetorical convenience, conspiracy walas who term every American journalist a CIA […]



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