Posts Tagged ‘ rumours ’

Daily Times Condemns Media Rumour Mongering

Oct 16th, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Times, Geo TV, Jang

The following editorial appeared in today’s Daily Times and echoes our analysis of yesterday on the issue of media’s role in the executive-judiciary tensions. Of particular interest is the statement by the Daily Times editorial staff: Even the prime minister’s statement that this was a conspiracy to pitch the two institutions against each other was […]



Is Media Intentionally Fueling Executive-Judiciary Tension?

Oct 15th, 2010 | By | Category: Aaj TV, ARY TV, Geo TV, Jang, The News

Imagine how much could be done towards actually rooting out corruption, overhauling the tax system, and all the other issues supposedly important to the media intelligentsia if they would quite wasting time on rumours and conspiracy theories. Just last night there was another emergency that turned out to be a non-emergency only because of some […]



Ansar Abbasi's Attack On Musharraf Beyond The Pale

Oct 5th, 2010 | By | Category: Jang, The News

Ansar Abbasi’s article for The News on Saturday, “Hypocrite, coward Musharraf blows hot air but will never return”, is a shockingly unprofessional rant that does not even pretend to be a proper news report. While the article was published with the word “Comment”, it was, nevertheless, published on page 2 of the newspaper under the […]



Are TV Anchors Honestly Reporting Dr Aafia's Case?

Oct 4th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

In a column for Express Tribune last week, Fasi Zaka made a startling claim: TV anchors are intentionally misleading viewers about the Dr. Aafia Siddiqui case. I have a friend who works in the production unit of Pakistan’s most watched channels, and she told me an interesting anecdote that when the verdict was announced for […]



Pakistaniat: Time To Chill Out

Sep 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs

Excellent post by Faris Islam on the blog All Things Pakistan: Looking through the usual new sites on Pakistan over the weekend, I came across the ominous headline proclaiming “A day of thrilling developments likely,” which outlined that Sunday had been full of “feverish political activities which showed no sign of slowing down.” The article […]



What really happened at Nasdaq?

Sep 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Express Tribune

The following fact-checking by Mr Shibil Siddiqi appeared on the Express Tribune Blog today. This is a most excellent report in which the author took the time to investigate facts rather than simply repeating a rumour. A recent popular story concerning Pakistan’s Consul General in New York, Mr Babar Hashmi, is circulating on news channels, […]



Please, Keep It To The Facts

Sep 6th, 2010 | By | Category: Blogs

The following comment was left on a column by Ms Beenish Ahmed for Huffington Post. Ms Ahmed writes about the rumours being circulated that Asif Zardari has purchased a London flat for some £140 million. Whereas Waj’s evidence was an email being forwarded around, Ms Ahmed’s proof comes from statements of Dr Saeed Elahi in […]



Quran Burning – Facts and Fiction

Sep 1st, 2010 | By | Category: Daily Nawa-i-Waqt

While the primary focus of this blog has, so far, been English language media, this represents but a small part of the media – and an even smaller part of the problem of inaccurate and misleading stories. Take, for example, a front page story from the Nawa-i-Waqt newspaper about a Christian church in Florida, USA […]



'Trust Deficit' a Self Fulfilling Prophecy?

Aug 17th, 2010 | By | Category: Foreign Media

Pakistan is suffering from the worst disaster in recent history, said UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon as he witnessed the devastation himself. Still, many commentators have noticed that except for the US and UK, most nations have not offered much in the way of humanitarian relief. A popular notion in the media has blamed […]



Who is Shaheen Sehbai working for?

May 10th, 2010 | By | Category: The News

Shaheen Sehbai is back with more of his psychic magic in The News. Today he uses his psychic powers to read the mind of, as usual, President Zardari who he says is ‘on a warpath‘ against, well, everyone. But today’s column takes a new, and troubling direction. While the silliness and contradictions that we have […]



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