I recently came across a comment by the President and PPP Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari, which really struck me for its succinct and bold portrayal of the Pakistani media. The President was countering one of the many false impressions created by a media industry that has clearly lost any semblance of objectivity. He said, “This impression is again created by the 64-channel strong cottage industry surviving on one young democracy.”(Source)
In its efforts to please the establishment, the media has clearly gone overboard in defending terrorists and a Judiciary that has lost all respect for the Constitution of Pakistan. Pro Establishment channels like GEO, AAJ and ARY have several Islamist extremist anchors who are hell bent in egging on the Judiciary to dismiss an elected Government. Some of these anchors like creepy and wild-eyed Javed Chaudhary even write for Jihadi rags under pseudonyms like Yasir Ahmed Khan.
Lately, their slander against the elected PPP-lead government has reached new levels and after being continually exposed for their lies, the Pakistani media is like the boy who cried wolf – utterly devoid of any credibility!
The media recently highlighted a billion rupee monument that wasn’t and a murder plot against the Facebook-banning, anti-Hindu Jamaati bigot who is also the Lahore High Court Chief Justice that could not even garner the signature of the security staff who allegedly authored it.
It railed on and on about how the Pakistan embassy in New York bungled an hour slot provided by NASDAQ only to be exposed once again on coming up with a totally bogus claim. All the while, our media, continues to froth at the mouth against democracy, secularism, progressiveness and an alternative pluralistic narrative and has made no secret of its malafide intent against the PPP and President Zardari.
The sole purpose of the media “cottage industry” is to supply the “opiate” that can be utilized by the non-elected bureaucrats, the business tycoons and an elitist professional class that feels that the only Pakistan that is worth having is one where the oppressed masses can go to hell and they can continue within their elitist bubble while those outside remain in misery!
The media and journalist community of Pakistan consists largely of sellouts who spewed poison against Bhutto when he was alive. The continued this tradition with Benazir and after shedding a few crocodile tears for her, they have resumed with President Zardari.
The annals of history will always associate this “cottage industry” with infamy and cowardice; the more they lied, the more they exposed the deep jealousy that that their class and benefactors have for the ZAB, BB and their legacy.
As we remember Benazir, I could not help but recall the lyrics to “Pride”; that wonderful song by U2.
“Free at last, they took your life, They could not take your pride”