Posts Tagged ‘ FOX News ’

Mullah Ansar Abbasi Imitates American, Indian Religious Extremists

Mar 31st, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In his latest bizarre religious sermon, Qadi Ansar Abbasi has explained the CWC 2011 semi-final loss to arch rival India as due to Allah’s anger at a lack of anti-American protests. And yet despite our weaknesses and faults, and our rigidity not to get ourselves reformed, we pray to Allah to give us success in […]

Media’s ‘Myopic Zeal’ and Political Bias

Feb 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Aaj TV, Express Tribune, The Nation

The political bias of certain journalists is well documented. Nor is this a problem unique to Pakistan Nobody questions the conservative leaning of FOX News (USA), the liberal leaning of The Guardian (UK), or the establishment credentials of The Nation (Pak). When one looks to these media groups, the perspective that will be used is […]

Funhouse Mirrors

Feb 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Media is ofter termed a ‘watch dog’ and indeed this is one important role of the media. Personally, I think this is a poor metaphor. For one thing, ‘watch dog’ assumes that there is an outside threat and that its master must be protected and never questioned. In the case of media it is too […]

Is Name Calling Really Worth Journalists Time?

Feb 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Express News, Express Tribune, Jang

For someone who is happy to label people as ‘liberal extremist’ or ‘liberal fascist’, Hamid Mir is very sensitive about anyone saying anything about him. On Tuesday, Hamid Mir asked in Express Tribune “Why these attacks against me?” after Khaled Ahmed pointed out the ridiculousness of Hamid Mir using the ‘liberal fascist’ label against other […]

Credibility, and how to lose it

Feb 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

Hajrah Mumtaz wrote an excellent piece in Dawn over the weekend about media credibility and how news organizations risk losing this vital piece of their business. Threats to media credibility are certainly not unique to Pakistan, but neither are these same threats missing. Also, our media is vulnerable to some of these threats at a […]

Open Letter to The Telegraph (UK)

Nov 25th, 2009 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories

In his recent column, “Pakistani TV performing vital democratic function,” Mr. Hasan Mansoor does a disservice to the facts about Pakistan’s media. While TV executives like Azhar Abbas may tell reporters that “their news helps inculcate democracy and gives a voice to the disenfranchised,” their actions tell a different story. Rather than reply to media critics […]