Posts Tagged ‘ Conspiracy Theories ’

Mad Cow Conspiracy

May 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Pakistan Today

After spending the last year beating the dead horse of visa conspiracies, a new media report has turned to another conspiracy theory about an American invasion. Only this time, you might say they are beating a dead cow. A news report in PakistanToday includes the alarming headline, Is the US sending all its mad cows […]



Shaheen Sehbai’s Credibility Problem

May 1st, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Shaheen Sehbai alerted his Twitter followers to an alarming story yesterday, one that claims the US has carried out a secret program to buy Pakistani journalists and to make them ashamed of being Muslims. The story that Shaheen Sehbai Tweeted was written two years ago as part of a series titled, ‘Final Solution Frenzy’ that […]



Abdul Majeed: Why believe conspiracy theorists?

Mar 26th, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Express Tribune

In the piece below published by Express Tribune, Abdul Majeed examines the claims of journalist Nadir Hassan who recently wrote that all the anti-American conspiracy theories of recent years have proven to be true. After careful examination, though, Majeed finds Hassan’s argument lacking. We wanted to highlight this piece for our dear readers for two […]



Conspiracy Alert: Tall Buildings or Tall Tales?

Mar 23rd, 2012 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation

It is hard not to take notice of the bold headline on the front page of The Nation on Friday: US setting up for Pak sneak-in. Are we on the verge of an American invasion? Should we be strengthening the borders and preparing for war? Or is this the latest case of media war hysteria […]



What’s the right number of visas?

Feb 10th, 2012 | By | Category: Express Tribune

Over 50,000 Americans were granted visas to Pakistan since the past four years, media reported this week. When you hear that bit of news, what does it tell you? Does it tell you that Pakistan has become a top tourist destination? Or does it tell you that every province and village is overrun with Blackwater […]



Lacking evidence, Ansar Abbasi gives speculation

Jan 31st, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News

An article appearing on the front page of The News (Jang Group) asks, ‘Is PM Gilani using Pasha’s extension as a bargaining tool?’ The piece, which is not published on the Opinion pages but rather the front page and is not even in any way labeled as opinion, viewpoint, or commentary suggests that the PM […]



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 […]



Media’s Newest ‘Moment of Shame’

Nov 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Ethics

It has been one year since the media caused a national crisis by inaccurately reporting that the government was plotting to withdraw notification to reinstate the judges sacked by Musharraf. Unfortunately, it seems that journalists and TV anchors did not learn from this ‘moment of shame’ and are once again causing alarm by rushing to […]



China cracks down on rumours in media

Nov 13th, 2011 | By | Category: Censorship, Conspiracy Theories

As government and military officials look more and more to China, members of Pakistan’s journalism community should take notice of certain recent developments. Chinese authorities announced this week that they are tightening regulations governing journalists, specifically, rule that require reports to fact check and have actual evidence before publishing sensational claims and conspiracy theories. The […]



“No Information”

Nov 12th, 2011 | By | Category: The News

Ansar Abbasi is back to his old tricks on Friday with an article for The News, ‘Foreign Office has no information if any expelled US official is now back’. The title of Abbasi’s latest piece says it all: “no information”. Nevermind that he had no information, Ansar Abbasi can always rely on conspiracy theories and […]



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