Posts Tagged ‘ incorrect information ’

Why do Pakistani columnists make up history?

Feb 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Urdu Media

Urdu columnists don’t let facts get in the way of a good story. That is the lesson taken from Professor C M Naim’s latest piece for Express Tribune, ‘Why do Pakistani columnists make up history?’ which examines recent works of several prominent columnists including Abdul Qadir Hasan, Javed Chaudhry, Dr Safdar Mahmood, and Orya Maqbool Jan. Each was found to have […]



Latest Media Hoax: No Agreement On Aafia Siddiqui

Jul 25th, 2013 | By | Category: Dunya, Express Tribune, The Nation, The News

Last week, reports of a breakthrough in efforts by some groups to repatriate Dr Aafia Siddiqui filled the print and electronic media as reporters rushed to report that the US had agreed to return the Pakistani neuroscientist in a ‘prisoner swap’. After several days of heavy announcements, statements by political and government officials, and countless […]



The News vs. The News on nukes

Dec 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Is the government threatening the security of the country by cutting development of Pakistan’s nuclear weapons programme? Or is the government improving the security of the country by investing in a modern nuclear weapons programme? According to The News (Jang Group) the answer is yes to both. In Monday’s copy of The News, Ansar Abbasi warns […]



Jang’s “Special” Reporting

Dec 14th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

This has been a bad year for Muhammad Saleh Zaafir. The ‘Editor Special Reporting’ of Jang Group has been publishing one article after another of especially poor quality. In January, Muhammad Saleh Zaafir wrote a bizarre conspiracy theory suggesting that President Zardari held a ‘mysterious meeting’ with President Obama, despite the fact that details of […]



Zeher Bokhari

Aug 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Dunya

Meher Bokhari appears to have a formula for getting attention – say something so outrageous and sensational that people will have to pay attention. I regret that we will draw attention to her program again, but the episode of Crossfire of Wednesday night cannot go without response. The topic of the programme was allegedly Pak-India relations […]



No evidence to support accusations in ATM theft article

Aug 10th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

We missed this article in The News when it was published on 5 August, but it was brought to our attention by dear reader Xeeshan. After shaking our heads in disbelief, we decided that it was an excellent example of the type of poor reporting and sensationalism that is too prevalent in media even on […]



Ahmad Noorani Wrong Again

May 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Writing for The News Ahmad Noorani reports that the government decided not to probe the Abbottabad attack. The government has decided not to conduct inquiry of any kind at any level whatsoever about the shameful Abbottabad incident to find out the real culprits responsible for intelligence failure and violation of Pakistani borders and sovereignty. Only […]



Media Predictions Proved Wrong Yet Again

Mar 29th, 2011 | By | Category: Business Recorder, Pak Observer, Pakistan Today, The Nation

Last year we ran a short series on ‘Wishful Journalism’ that included an piece about media predictions that Husain Haqqani’s removal was imminent. These predictions were eventually proven incorrect, and the Ambassador was given an extension of one year. As that one-year extension approached its end this month, the predictions were once again revived and […]



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 […]



Visas, Conspiracy Theories, and Propaganda Rings

Mar 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Blogs, Conspiracy Theories, Daily Mail, Pak Observer

When the US under President George Bush decided to invade Iraq, a well documented propaganda campaign was undertaken in which the American people were convinced that Saddam Hussein was involved in 9/11 attacks – a piece of misinformation that was necessary to justify the invasion of Iraq. The propaganda tactic used was a simple one […]



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