Conspiracy Theories

New Provinces, Conspiracy Theories, and Turtles

Jan 30th, 2013 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

Issues like creation of a new province can spark legitimate debate and discussion about the pros and cons of such policies. Or, if you need a short cut, you can always accuse the other side of acting in the interests of foreign powers. This is the case in Major General (r) Tahir Ali’s recent piece […]



Qadri an American Agent? Shireen Mazari’s Latest Conspiracy Theory

Jan 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

This week’s events have left many scratching their heads. Dr Tahirul Qadri’s return to Pakistan in the final few months before elections left many wondering, “why now?” Adding to those questions are the size and scope of Qadri’s long march. Who has paid the Rs800m to reserve 40,000 buses? Who paid $4 million on television […]



Conspiracy Culture, Not Ghosts, Behind Killing of Polio Workers

Dec 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

An article in The News (Jang Group) of 20th December bearing the headline, ‘Osama’s ghost behind killing of polio workers’ suggests that recent killings of polio workers are the result of a CIA operation intended to catch Osama bin Laden, but the piece ignores the fact that conspiracy theories about polio vaccinations and attacks from militants […]



The News terms its own reporting as ‘conspiracy theories’

Dec 11th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

In an unusual moment of candor, an editorian of The News (Jang Group) termed its own reporting on a recent issue as ‘conspiracy theories’. The admission appears to be unintentional, but whether intended or unintended, it should provide a lesson for media groups to exercise scepticism and discretion before rushing to publish rumours. The editorial which […]



The Nation Repeats, Adds To US Secession Misinformation

Nov 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation

We noted earlier that The News (Jang Group) had engaged in pointless point scoring by elevating a story about Americans unhappy with the recent election posting on the White House website asking that their states be allowed to secede from the US. The Nation has not only repeated this story, but added some creative misinformation to make […]



Gen Kayani: Rumours, Conspiracy Theories Against National Interest

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

Talking to a group of officers at GHQ on Monday, Chief of Army Staff General Ashfaq Parvez Kayani made a statement that media talking heads and so-called ‘investigative reporters’ should take to heart: While constructive criticism is well understood, conspiracy theories based on rumours which create doubts about the very intent, are unacceptable. COAS Kayani […]



Wajahat S. Khan examines the anti-Malala media campaign

Oct 30th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Following the attempted murder of young education activist Malala Yousafzai, many news reports in the West heralded what was supposedly a uniting of Pakistani society against the Taliban. While this was going on, however, efforts were being made to break this unity and turn Pakistanis against the young girl by terming her as a pawn […]



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 […]



Ansar Abbasi Twists Facts, History In Defence of Militants

Aug 20th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The News

In his latest piece for The News (Jang Group), Ansar Abbasi requests “home-grown solutions to Talibanisation” – something many people would probably agree with. Unfortunately, he then goes on to spread a mixture of misinformation and pro-militancy which undermines his original thesis, suggesting that Ansar Abbasi’s “solution” to Talibanisation is actually to embrace it. Abbasi […]



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