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What the Media is Churning Out is Trash (Great Article)
The News (Pakistan) ^ | November 8, 2001 | Masood Anwar

Posted on 11/07/2001 5:39:18 PM PST by Shermy

What the media is churning out is trash

By Masood Anwar

CHAMAN BORDER, Quetta: Whatever most of the world media is reporting from this Pak-Afghan border town, close to the haunted bombing-practice ground of stones and caves, is mainly cooked up and rubbish, as the journalists themselves are hostages, to circumstances and strict security concerns.

The army of foreign correspondents, hanging out in the Serena Hotel in Quetta has no option but to drive down to Chaman daily, see Afghanistan from the rooftop of Pashin Scout's check-post, expose some pictures of Afghans through high-powered zoom lenses, and return to their base in Quetta for wet evenings and well-earned rests.

Just after lunch, these foreign correspondents pack into station wagons escorted by the Army and police commandos and proceeds to the border area. They cannot move out alone because they are pelted with stones by the locals and are under severe danger of being kidnapped if they take that risk. The Army provides them the cover and security.

Even in Quetta they remain mostly inside the hotel as moving out in the streets of Quetta without proper armed escorts is also dangerous. Thus all these big names of world's premiere media are clueless about what is happening inside Afghanistan or elsewhere. They have no independent source to verify whatever they hear from "sources" -- one wonders where these are located. Mostly they are fed by the local offices of Taliban and NGOs working inside Afghanistan.

After driving through the Afghan territory up to Kandahar and back, it was evident that the entire territory controlled by Taliban is behind an iron curtain and all the reports about casualties and the damage caused by bombings are just estimates of newsmen sitting in Quetta and may be other cities close to other sides of the border. All kinds of vested interests plant their own versions on these "news hungry" hacks who have to justify their existence.

During my week's stay inside Afghanistan, I found there was no way to ascertain instantly the real damages or casualties as there is neither any communication system working inside the country nor any such coordination system exists among Taliban to instantly inform their headquarter in Kandahar or Kabul about the results of bombardment.

On the last day when I was crossing Chaman border for Quetta to file my story to my office, a local newsman intercepted me and asked me from where I was coming from. "Kandahar," I replied. He then said he had heard the news from his "sources" that the Taliban leader Mulla Omar, had visited Kandahar city, met locals and addressed them in a garden. I said, I had no clue but asked him where did he get the news. With a little persuasion he conceded that a worker in a NGO vehicle, which just passed ahead of me, had broken "this news". Soon it was to be sold to all the big guys waiting in Serena so that they could rush to their laptops or cell phones and file a big story.

One reason why many of these big journalists cannot get first-hand news is the behaviour of the Taliban consulate in Quetta. They treat journalists seeking visas for Afghanistan in a very hostile way, treating all of them as US spies.

Even teams taken to Kandahar, sponsored and conducted by the Taliban, came out with very little independent facts. This team was not allowed to move independently and was always escorted by the Taliban. They had no way to the "other side" of the story except what Taliban wanted to tell them or show them.

Common Afghans feel scared to talk to the people with white skins, especially when Taliban guards are around. Therefore, this officially invited team failed to take the real picture of the Afghans during the war. Their movement was totally dependent on the Taliban and working was limited to Taliban's briefings and filming of hospitals and sites affected with the US bombardment.

Inside Afghanistan, if you are found using a camera or a satellite phone, it is enough to prove that you are a spy. The minimum punishment for a spy is indefinite imprisonment and the maximum is instant execution. There is rule of the jungle in force and no one is available to rescue a person imprisoned on charges of spying.

After having faced years of strife, falling of bombs and missiles is a routine matter for common Afghans. There is no fear or harassment. Besides, for many, bombs, whether intact or after explosions, are the only source of livelihood. When the missiles were hitting the suburbs of Kandahar and smokes emitted with a heavy sound, locals started fighting with each other to get the shell of missiles and bombs. Sale of scrap is the only way there to earn some money. A ton of scrap sells for Rs 125 - as the rupee is a valid currency -- and a truck load of debris, scattered when mountains are torn apart by US bombs, sells for Rs 1,300. It is big business for some in times of bad wars.


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I like this guy. If he knew Dan Ackroyd, I bet he'd say "Christine Amanpour, you ignorant slut."

This website doesn't have separate "links" to separate articles. Can anyone explain?

And can anyone tell me how to get this to as many media people as possible? I'm sure many, especially radio guys, would like to report it, especially since it's from a Pakistani source. Anyone have e-mail lists? Please publish.

1 posted on 11/07/2001 5:39:19 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy
bump
2 posted on 11/07/2001 5:51:42 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: Shermy
What the Media is Churning Out is Trash

Now there's a standard truism if I ever heard one.

And yeah, it is a d*%n good article.

3 posted on 11/07/2001 5:55:57 PM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: Free the USA
...the journalists themselves are hostages...

i will contribute two cents to their ransom fund.
4 posted on 11/07/2001 5:57:44 PM PST by mlocher
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To: mlocher
i will contribute two cents to their ransom fund.

I think you are overpaying for the value received.

5 posted on 11/07/2001 6:01:19 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: Free the USA
i think you are overpaying for the value you received

of course you are correct. i am the product of the public school system, so please take pity on me and my foolish choices.
6 posted on 11/07/2001 6:03:57 PM PST by mlocher
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To: Shermy
The journalists described above have their comrades in arms at-
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/fr/566031/posts?page=3
7 posted on 11/07/2001 6:04:20 PM PST by prognostigaator
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To: Shermy
What the media is churning out is trash...Has anybody called the Refuse Collection Division or the EPA?
8 posted on 11/07/2001 6:06:01 PM PST by exmoor
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Ladies and Gentlemen, I can't believe it! We may have just found a profession that can take the place of lawyers in all those profession jokes! ;)
9 posted on 11/07/2001 6:07:19 PM PST by KineticKitty
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To: Shermy
Is Dan Akroyd a conservative?
10 posted on 11/07/2001 6:11:30 PM PST by rwfromkansas
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To: Shermy
Yes, it was a good piece.... Ummm, up to a point. Since this Masood guy knows all the story why didn't he print it in this piece?

I kept waiting for the REAL story...

11 posted on 11/07/2001 6:19:23 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Shermy
...the Taliban consulate in Quetta. They treat journalists seeking visas for Afghanistan in a very hostile way, treating all of them as US spies.

Are you telling me the solution to our media problem is as simple as destroying the Taliban consulate? This must be done at once!

12 posted on 11/07/2001 6:20:54 PM PST by Monti Cello
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To: Shermy
It looks to me like it has different links for different articles. Here is the one for this article.
13 posted on 11/07/2001 6:21:03 PM PST by Hugh Akston
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To: rwfromkansas
probably, since he's on a 'mission from god'!
14 posted on 11/07/2001 6:21:08 PM PST by rockfish59
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To: Shermy
churning out trash

and they constantly complain about 'too much land fill'!!

15 posted on 11/07/2001 6:22:31 PM PST by rockfish59
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To: Hugh Akston
Hugh--when I picked the article from the front page, it showed no such specific link. I'm learning though....
16 posted on 11/07/2001 6:24:35 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Humidston
I am thinking about last summer when the press was griping about Crawford, Texas; HAR!
17 posted on 11/07/2001 6:26:15 PM PST by Howlin
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To: Shermy
Great article.

And to think, propaganda wars work because of these guys.

18 posted on 11/07/2001 6:26:43 PM PST by Hugh Akston
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To: dighton
"What the Brisitsh public wants first, last, and all the time is the News. Remember that the Patriots are in the right and are going to win. The Beast stands by them four-square. But they must win quickly. The British public has no interest in a war which drags on indecisively. A few sharp victories, some conspicuous acts of personal bravery on the Patriot side, and a colourful entry into the capital. That is the Beast policy for the war."

Scoop

19 posted on 11/07/2001 6:30:02 PM PST by Romulus
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To: Shermy
Great post. How true it seems.
20 posted on 11/07/2001 6:32:03 PM PST by TheHound
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To: Shermy
And can anyone tell me how to get this to as many media people as possible?

And what would they do with the information, dis their own "news"? I can see some of the radio talk shows having some interest, but I think that's pretty much preaching to the choir.

The MEDIA RESEARCH CENTER is usually interested in anything that will discredit the Propaganda Ministry. You might send them a copy of the article.

For a list of the major(lamestream) media outlets, you might try our very own Media Bias Chapter's CCRM Rolodex.

FGS

21 posted on 11/07/2001 6:32:19 PM PST by ForGod'sSake
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To: Shermy
This website doesn't have separate "links" to separate articles. Can anyone explain?

The site uses frames; this is the relevant code in the outermost window:

<frameset border="0" frameborder="0" rows="100%,0">
The various 0's cause the frames to be invisible, so you don't realize they're there. The text you want lies within the inner frame
http://www.jang.com.pk/thenews/nov2001-daily/08-11-2001/main/main2.htm
To find this address, right click on some white space in the article itself, scroll to Properties, and copy the Address (URL). This assumes you're using Internet Explorer; I imagine Netscape to be similar.
22 posted on 11/07/2001 6:32:54 PM PST by SlickWillard
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To: Romulus
I can hear and see Donald Pleasence uttering those inspired lines. Thank you.
23 posted on 11/07/2001 6:39:10 PM PST by dighton
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To: Shermy
I agree this is a very good article!

Let's replace Dan Blather with Masood Anwar.

But from the same web site I saw this:


Pakistan a potential buyer of F-35 aircraft

By Muhammad Abdul Qudoos

DUBAI: Pakistan is one of the four potential customers of the new F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, according to analysis by the US experts made available at the current Dubai 2001 air-show.

The development of the F-35 JSF was awarded to Lockheed Martin on October 26. The three other potential customers of the aircraft are Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Turkey. The UAE would be far down the list of buyers due to its commitment to help develop the Block 60 F-16, which will likely be in service for at least 40 years.

Lockheed Martin beat Boeing in the competition to develop the fourth generation JSF, which will be sold for about the same price as an F-16. Lockheed plans to keep both F-35 and F-16 in production.

The US and export markets are expected to create demand for 3,000 aircraft worth some $200 billion over the life of the programme. Raymond Jawaroski of Forecast International/DMS in Connecticut was quoted as saying in the analysis that anyone who flies F-16s, or even F-5s, has to be considered a potential customer of F-35 because it has essentially the same type of mission profile.


You think?......Naahhh!
24 posted on 11/07/2001 6:43:00 PM PST by avg_freeper
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To: Shermy
Anyone who has ever read "Scoop", by Evelyn Waugh, already knew as much. Anyone that hasn't should do so instantly.
25 posted on 11/07/2001 6:44:20 PM PST by JasonC
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To: Shermy

To have some fun with the 3 Stooges Click Below Link to SlapHillary.com

26 posted on 11/07/2001 6:50:22 PM PST by NC Conservative
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To: Free the USA; pocat; usconservative; Memother; sunshine; americanusa; jd792; FlyingA
Damn good article
27 posted on 11/07/2001 7:13:15 PM PST by ATOMIC_PUNK
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To: ATOMIC_PUNK
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28 posted on 11/07/2001 7:20:52 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: Free the USA
*bump* backatcha
29 posted on 11/07/2001 7:28:00 PM PST by fone
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To: Shermy
Finally, and article that cuts through the BS and exposes the truth. As I suspected, all 'information' being cited by the radical leftist press is entirely from the Taliban and lacks any independent confirmation whatsoever.
30 posted on 11/07/2001 7:49:00 PM PST by Free Vulcan
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To: *CCRM
So, whaddaya think guys and gals?

FGS

31 posted on 11/07/2001 8:13:41 PM PST by ForGod'sSake
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To: Howlin
Tehee.... Let's send them into snow, neck deep. This could be FUN, LOL!
32 posted on 11/07/2001 8:42:35 PM PST by Humidston
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To: Humidston
Please remember that after the election recount, the 3 networks were proposing a merger to issue one nightly news. They had no bureaus or reporters abroad when Sept 11 came. This has been a very big news year, but they still want to be spoonfed by the government. Bless Rumsfeld for his patience. Geraldo will go to the war, however, and he won't be wanting his expenses paid by the defense department. The rest are silk stocking pansies.
33 posted on 11/07/2001 9:12:12 PM PST by ClaireSolt
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To: Humidston
I kept waiting for the REAL story...

The real story is pretty clear: No one outside the Taliban iron curtain knows the real story, so people are making up whatever stories suit their own agendas and the newsies are reporting it because they have to report something.

34 posted on 11/07/2001 9:15:47 PM PST by LSJohn
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To: Shermy
"And can anyone tell me how to get this to as many media people as possible?"

Guide to Local Media
Locate media in your zip code, gives you links to YOUR local media with phone, e-mail etc info.
35 posted on 11/07/2001 9:19:40 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: 68-69TonkinGulfYatchClub; ForGod'sSake; SlickWillard
Many thanks.
36 posted on 11/07/2001 10:10:01 PM PST by Shermy
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To: Shermy
Gee, lets see. Journalist, "(n.) Meaning as in never served in the military. Never fired a gun. Can't build a house, nor hang a picture. Can't replace a sparkplug, owns $40k SUV for purebread Golden Retreaver. Attended fourthrate school, couldn't hack the requriments for degree in Education or Recreation. Slept or suck-up to present position."

Any questions?

37 posted on 11/07/2001 11:26:30 PM PST by Leisler
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To: Shermy
And can anyone tell me how to get this to as many media people as possible?

Here:

Communicate! Let the Sons of....

38 posted on 11/08/2001 1:59:24 AM PST by backhoe
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To: Shermy
I like this guy. If he knew Dan Ackroyd, I bet he'd say "Christine Amanpour, you ignorant slut."

That's pretty much what I say, everytime I see her sorry ass on TV ....

39 posted on 11/08/2001 5:51:24 AM PST by usconservative
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To: Shermy
From Time Magazine-"It's impossible to verify these reports right now because no journalists are in the area at all — this part of the war is being reported entirely by phone. We're frantically trying to call sources inside Mazar-i-Sharif right now, but all the lines are jammed. Still, the sources who have fed us this information have proved fairly reliable in the past. Three Alliance commanders in the area have told identical stories. And it's a claim they're unlikely to make unless it were true. They are confident that they'll be in Mazar tomorrow. "

Oh , really?

40 posted on 11/08/2001 6:24:49 AM PST by prognostigaator
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