Shaheen Sehbai’s Latest: Making a Fool of Himself…Or Jang Group?Mar 10th, 2014 | By admin | Category: Jang, The News
This story was brought to our attention by a Tweet via Nadeem Paracha.
Oh, boy. Believing satirical stuff to be real news. Pakistani newspaper uses satirical text in its story … https://t.co/eyM5k94fap
— Nadeem F. Paracha (@NadeemfParacha) March 10, 2014
There are two important issues here. First is that Shaheen Sehbai’s story includes fake information. The author gave so little attention to his source that he completely ignored whether it was even a serious media group or a comedy website. Presumably, the importance was given to whether the information fit the author’s narrative rather than whether it fit reality.
Also of concern should be this line from the Pan-Arabia Enquirer’s Facebook post: ‘No doubt as a mark of deep respect (and not painfully sloppy journalism), it doesn’t even bother to change a single word of our article.’ In other words, Sehbai did not even write the piece he took credit for, rather he did a sloppy cut-paste job and submitted it as his own writing. This might be expected from a lazy schoolboy, but surely Jang Group holds its Group Editors to a higher standard!
The Pan-Arabia Enquirer might be a comedy website, but there is nothing funny about Shaheen Sehbai’s blatant plagiarism, and neither is there anything funny about The News publishing fake news and misleading the public. Sadly, this follows a pattern with Shaheen Sehbai’s reporting that includes quoting unreliable sources and reporting incorrect information. The question that must be asked is where is the oversight by Jang Group? It is one thing for Shaheen Sehbai to make a fool out of himself, but quite another for him to once again make a fool out of his media group…