To call Jang’s publications and its employed journalists as a group of desperate and ghatia people would be an understatement. In today’s (6th July, 2011), the lowest level of reporting can be seen from a newsgroup which is a market leader. Sabir Shah has reported that according to “middle-market” tabloid from England called Daily Mail, a gift presented by President Asif Ali Zardari to British Prime Minister David Cameron of a painting of him and his wife holding their new born baby ‘deserved to be placed in toilet’ at 10 Downing Street.
The report is nothing but a piece of crap which has been debunked by fellow blogger Shahid Saeed and is presented below. The depth at which Jang Group is willing to stoop to is unbelievable.
My blood boiled when I read the ghatia report! Let us assume it was a bad painting, the gift was not from Asif Zardari the person but Asif Zardari the President of Pakistan. The gift is from the people of Pakistan. By reporting this way, is Jang saying that Pakistan’s gift is worth to be placed in a toilet? For sure, Jang and The News are the ones that should be read in the toilet!!!
Jang Group is a pathetic and disgusting media house, there is no doubt about that. The News just a pathetic excuse of a newspaper where one can see perfect examples of personal vendetta and agenda on display.
Jang Group hates Asif Ali Zardari, there are no two doubts about that too. But to what length it will go to achieve its mission is exemplified in this trash report.
The story is about one of the gifts presented to British Prime Minister David Cameroon during the state visit by President Zardari. I admit presenting a picture of the couple themselves, however nice the painting may be, is odd. And hence, British Tabloid Daily Mail reported on the bizarre gift as well, because that is what tabloids and gossipy papers do. Fact of the matter is, head of states don’t select gifts themselves. Not even their top aides. It’s probably one or two 18 grade FSP officers working in the President’s Secretariat who select the gifts anyways. Regardless of that, the point here is Jang Group’s trash reporting. The headline in The News is “Quality painting that ‘deserved to be placed in toilet’”. The quotes there to suggest somehow that they are quoted/borrowed words. After some attacks, it goes on to “report” that
The leading British newspaper has recommended that the gifted painting be hung in a toilet in 10-Downing Street, the official residence of Premier Cameron.
The newspaper opined that “one can only imagine David Cameron’s reaction when he saw the gift… one for the downstairs loo perhaps.”
In Urdu it reads, “اخبار نے تجویز دی کہ ۔۔۔۔۔”, which effectively translates to, “the newspaper recommended/opined that…”.
Well, The Daily Mail never “opined” and “recommended” this. In fact, this is one of the comments by a reader that appears on the bottom of the page. Out of the 25 comments on the page, five are shown at the top, the most cumulative up-voted and the most down-voted. The toilet remarks come from someone called “Mike” from Cyprus, who says, “Hang it in the Toilet”. It is in fact the worst ranked comment on the page. How comments on a website become part of the report from a newspaper is beyond me, but of course Sabir “Wikipedia” Shah can be expected to be a dumb-ass, illiterate buffoon too and mix up stuff. But probably he didn’t, after all journalists can get away with reporting anything as far as politicians are concerned.
Why he didn’t select the top-ranked and first displayed comment that reads “Why is this article so isparaging? I think it’s a very lovely painting” (with a positive 364 cumulative rating, and the commenter wanted to write disparaging of course) to be part of the report is not difficult to understand.
Sabir “Wikipedia” Shah is a serial plagiarist anyways. Cafe Pyala once compared a wikipedia-ed article, but his daily “reporting” of “examples” from history et al are always coy pastes from the interweb. Jang Group, after all, has high standards to uphold. Even here, he plagiarized quite a bunch from a Press Trust of India report. How the Press Trust of India too reached a conclusion that “some readers agreed with the tabloid’s recommendation that the painting be placed in the toilet” is a whole different story. The world is full of cheap, trash and pathetic journalism. The News is a pack leader in that.
I hope someday MSR, Shaheen Sehbai, Sabir Shah, Ansar Abbasi, Ahmed Noorani and lot are sued successfully for a zillion rupees and they go bankrupt.