Archive for December 2011

The News Attacks Imran Khan

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

An article of Mariana Baabar of The News on Friday continues Jang Group‘s bad habit of lobbing senseless attacks against politicians based on nothing but personal animosity and political bias. The article in question, ‘Imran meets Munter, Raphel at PTII secretariat’, discusses a private meeting between Chairman PTI Imran Khan and American Ambassador to Pakistan […]



More Layout Humour

Dec 15th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

We posted before about how sometimes layout decisions can result in unintentionally (we assume) humourous juxtapositions. The last example came from The Nation. Today’s is from The News. Unintentionally funny layout, or subtle editorial messaging? We will leave it to readers to draw their own conclusions!



Jang’s “Special” Reporting

Dec 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

This has been a bad year for Muhammad Saleh Zaafir. The ‘Editor Special Reporting’ of Jang Group has been publishing one article after another of especially poor quality. In January, Muhammad Saleh Zaafir wrote a bizarre conspiracy theory suggesting that President Zardari held a ‘mysterious meeting’ with President Obama, despite the fact that details of […]



Who authorised drone attacks?

Dec 14th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

In The Nation on Tuesday, Dr Farooq Hassan asks ‘Who authorised the drone attacks?’. According to the senior advocate of Supreme Court, the two obvious suspects are President and PM. But it seems that Dr Hassan is overlooking some important research on the subject. In March, you might remember, General Officer Commanding 7-Division Maj-Gen Ghayur […]



Preemptive Strike

Dec 13th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

Political attack are one of the warts on the journalistic profession. Typically, these attacks come in one of several well known forms: questioning someone’s patriotism, suggesting they are a paid agent, or lobbing accusations of corruption are probably the most common. Often these attacks come after the target has done something that can be misdescribed […]



Will Ahmed Quraishi be the next memogate victim?

Dec 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation, The News

The latest version of the media’s ‘memogate’ parlour game has turned from who knew what and when about the infamous memo to who knew what and when about the US raid that killed Osama bin Laden in May. Mansoor Ijaz invented this new version of the game by first alleging that Husain Haqqani and Asif […]



New media circus same as old media circus

Dec 8th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Dawn, Jang, The News

On Tuesday, President Zardari left for Dubai to receive medical treatment. Within minutes, the media circus began and rumours of a coup began to circulate. While no one has yet to provide a single piece of evidence suggesting that Zardari will resign or a coup is imminent, the story continues to dominate media headlines. Part […]



پاکستانی میڈیا کا انتشار اور عوام کی جھنجھلاہٹ

Dec 7th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized, اردو

نیچے دی گئی فیڈ بیک/ رائے پاکستان میڈیا واچ کے ایک معزز ریڈر کی جانب سے بھیجی گئی ھے۔ پاکستان میڈیا واچ اپنے تمام قارین کے بھیجے گئے مضامین اور رائے کا خیر مقدم کرتا ھے۔ اگر آپ پاکستان میڈیا واچ کو اپنی رائے سے آگاہ کرنا چاھتے ھیں تو برائے مہربانی ھمارے ای میل […]



Ansar Abbasi, wannabe political advisor, gives himself away

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

Ansar Abbasi is at it again with a front page column in The News (Jang Group) that offers little more than Abbasi’s personal frustration that PTI and PML-N are not joining forces against the present government. Having utterly ceased to even pretend to be a journalist, Ansar Abbasi is now fantasizing that he is political […]



The other casualty of ‘memogate’

Dec 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Ethics

Farah Zia provides an excellent review of the way media handled the ‘memogate’ story as it broke. Now that the Supreme Court has begun hearing petitions on the case, it becomes even more important that media play its role of reporting facts and not intentionally or unintentionally influencing the outcome – an act that would […]



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