Archive for September 2012

‘All Parties’? Or ‘Fringe Parties’

Sep 27th, 2012 | By | Category: The News

Do religious parties represent the totality of Pakistani politics? Reading The News, one might easily get that mistaken impression. An article by Muhammad Anis reports that “The All Parties Conference (APC) of political and religious parties on Wednesday demanded a meeting of all Muslim countries in Madina Munawwara to formulate a joint strategy against blasphemous […]



⸮پھر وہی ڈرامہ پھر وہی امریکی سازش

Sep 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune, Jang, اردو

پاکستان میڈیا واچ کی ٹیم اپنے قارین کی توجہ روزنامہ جنگ کی ایک رپورٹ کی جانب مرکوز کروانا چاھتی ھے۔ نیچے ملاحظہ کییجئے۔ یہ سب باتیں مجاہد کامران صاحب نے روزنامہ جنگ کے ساتھ خصوصی گفتگو میں کیں۔ اس سے قبل مجاہد کامران کا انگریزی اخبار ایکسپریس ٹربیون میں بھی بیان آچکا ھے۔ نیچے ملاحظہ […]



Express Tribune Editorial Repeats Rumours, Ignores Facts

Sep 17th, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

In its editorial on 17th September, The Express Tribune leaves out pertinent information while speculating about information that is easily confirmed or denied. Ultimately, these mistakes lead the editors to a conclusion that is divorced from reality. The Express Tribune describes the anti-Islam Internet video (calling it a film seems to give it far too […]



The Nation Publishes Misinformation About Anti-Islam Film

Sep 14th, 2012 | By | Category: The Nation

An editorial appearing in The Nation of 14th September contains several inaccurate claims both about the film and about freedom of speech. The editorial, which represents the official position of the newspaper, claims that “was funded by Jewish business to the tune of $5 million dollars, as admitted by Israeli-American director “Sam””. Actually, there is no […]



Inappropriate from any perspective

Sep 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Ethics, Jang, The News

Last week one of the PMW team Tweeted about an article published by The News and Daily Jang as ‘National News’. The piece referred to was written by Abdur Rehman Bawa whose Khatm-e-Nubuwwat is an Anti-Ahmadiyya group. Leaving aside for the purposes of this post the question of whether it is appropriate for a media […]



Ansar Abbasi Fearmongering Misrepresents Facts

Sep 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi had a sensational piece featured on the front page of The News on Thursday which claims that ‘850,000 US spies given clearance WP reveals that growth of agents has gone beyond all bounds since 9/11 incident’. This is a shocking revelation. It’s also not true. Ansar Abbasi’s investigative research is based on his […]



Fighting ‘straw men’ is a losing battle

Sep 5th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

A ‘straw man‘ is a type of argument based on the misrepresentation of your opponent’s position. Wikipedia provides an excellent example of this type of rhetoric: A: Sunny days are good. B: If all days were sunny, we’d never have rain, and without rain, we’d have famine and death. In this case B has falsely framed A’s […]



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