Posts Tagged ‘ misinformation ’

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 […]



The ‘Main Problem’ with The Nation’s editorial on drones

Jul 9th, 2011 | By | Category: The Nation

An editorial in The Nation on Friday claims that the main problem of Pakistan is drones. This may seem like an unremarkable story since it is not the first time that The Nation has taken such a position on drone strikes. But this time the editorial gives away a bit more than the editors may have […]



Media Reporting On Shamsi

Jul 1st, 2011 | By | Category: Uncategorized

According to headlines in the newspapers today, the US refuses to vacate Shamsi air base. The United States is rejecting demands from Pakistani officials that American personnel abandon a military base used by the CIA to stage drone strikes against suspected militants, US officials told Reuters. This news is certain to confirm the fears of […]



When Even the Facts Aren’t the Facts

Jun 30th, 2011 | By | Category: Daily Times, Dawn News TV, The News

How often do we see academics, ‘analysts’, and experts of all sorts filling the newspapers and TV channels with shocking reports about this or that? It seems to be almost daily occurrence. Recently, businessman Munir Attaullah heard some claims and rather than simply accept them without question, he investigated the claims of Maria Sultan in […]



Ansar Abbasi Continues Political Attacks, Extremist Sympathies

Jun 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Jang, The News

In his column for The News, Ansar Abbasi continues his pattern of misrepresenting facts and using journalism as a cover for political and extremist propaganda. His latest piece, ‘Battle-lines in war on terror get sharper Zardari, Nawaz take clear positions’, is a bald face attempt to show PML-N as an Islamist political party while bashing […]



The Nation Peddles Easily Debunked Conspiracy Theory About US Media

Jun 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, The Nation

The Nation on Saturday published an article which claims that US President Barack Obama has ordered a media blackout about a damaged nuclear power plant. Actually, a simply search of Google News immediately revealed hundreds of articles about the incident including pieces in The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal and USA Today. The […]



Hamid Mir’s Latest Source Admits Making Whole Thing Up

Jun 4th, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, Jang, The Nation, Waqt TV

On Wednesday’s Capital Talk, Hamid Mir showed an interview with an unnamed source who claimed to have first-hand knowledge of infiltrators who helped militants attacks PNS Mehran last month. You can see the clip below starting at the 6-minute mark. The source, speaking through his tears, makes wild claims about not only infiltrators in the […]



The News Complains About, Spreads Distorted Information

May 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Conspiracy Theories, Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi, the Jang Group ‘Investigative Editor’ whose sources were termed ‘incorrigable liars’ by Chief Justice Lahore High Court last year, was featured on the front page of The News complaining that elements within the military establishment have been feeding distorted information to the media. Ironically, Ansar Abbasi concludes his complaining about “unnamed sources” by […]



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 […]



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