Posts Tagged ‘ CIA ’

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 […]



Jang Group Promotes Sensational PNS Mehran Conspiracy Theory

May 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

A front page article in The News by Mayed Ali that claims to report on the assault on PNS Mehran on Sunday night, but after listing details about the combat radius and onboard radar of the destroyed Orion aircraft the reporter ventures into the land of Hollywood movie-style conspiracy plots. However, it is believed, the […]



Conspiracy theories and anti-Americanism Distort Reporting on High Level Talks

Apr 25th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Times, Jang, The News

A column by Shahzad Chaudhry in Daily Times starts with a very informative history of drone strikes that illustrates how the tactic has increased over time. But then the author veers very much off of a straight path and begins weaving in baseless conspiracy theories. Questions are being asked of illicit relations between such agents […]



Bhutto, Sheikh Mujib and Hamid Mir

Apr 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Jang

In Daily Jang of 18 April, Hamid Mir tells the tale of a recent trip to Dhaka for a journalism conference celebrating the 20th anniversary of English newspaper Daily Star. But the story is not about journalism rather it is about American conspiracies in which Hamid Mir claims that the assassinations of Bhutto and Sheikh […]



Is Jang Group Paying Former CIA Officials?

Apr 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

The News (Jang Group) on Saturday selectively quoted a foreign newspaper as the basis for an article making unsupported claims that President Zardari allowed US to boost drone strikes. Today, Jang Group repeated this misleading practice in a front page article that appeared in both The News and Daily Jang. Only this time, the article […]



Do Sovereign Nations Let Spies Get Away?

Mar 18th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

The Nation today weighs in on the conclusion of the Raymond Davis episode with an editorial that mostly asks the same questions that are on the minds of many citizens without making any pronouncements or judgments of the court’s decision. However, the editorial concludes by once again flogging the dead horse of ‘sovereignty’ in the […]



Ansar Abbasi and The News Inciting Possible Murder

Mar 12th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi’s front page article of 12 March is a dangerous game of promoting anti-Americanism and vigilante violence in the country. In the column, Abbasi lists the names of 55 Americans who he terms ‘suspicious’ and ‘alleged to have been spying’. Neither the reporter nor the newspaper present any evidence for these claims, rather they […]



Misinformation Dominates Raymond Davis Conspiracies

Mar 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Pak Observer, The Nation

Conspiracy theories continue to dominate the coverage of the ongoing Raymond Davis saga, and it seems that the wilder and less supported by evidence, the more popular the conspiracies become. Ata Rabbani writes in The Nation that Raymond Davis was part of a secret plot to destroy Pakistan’s nuclear arsenal. In the first sentence of […]



Pak Journalists: Conspiracy Theories and Willful Ignorance

Mar 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Daily Lahore Post, Dawn News TV, Express News, Express Tribune

As the details of the assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti begin coming to light, journalists are scrambling to meet deadlines and be the first to have the lead report on the topic. In this rush, mistakes will be made and facts will go unverified. But a much greater problem plagues media accounts – the willingness of […]



Don’t Trust. Don’t Verify.

Jan 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

Mosharraf Zaidi’s column, ‘Reason versus Unreason’, is an interesting look at the contradictory attitudes we see expressed on number of topics. One thing he didn’t touch on, though, was the battle between ‘reason versus unreason’ in the media and the way topics are discussed has left us with an upside down way of thinking about […]



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