Though we live in an age of media abundance, but Pakistani media still be quite unreasonable and irresponsible. The security and intelligence establishment with the help of media owners control and command information and media indusrty here, despite media freedom guarantees. And conspiracy nuts and journalists do what their masters and proprietor commands. The media’s opinion makers and so called analysts are instrumental in disseminating state sponsored Pakistani nationalism which is entirely based on GHQ’s input and anti worldism.
The truth is that the politics of hate, anti democracy and confusion, combined with media complicity and Internet access, has led not to a discussion of issues but to garbage spewing hate towards West & democracy, especially United state and civilian elected government, with religiosity, fake nationalism and bigotry as its pillars.
Since, the mainstream media don’t present the liberal and democratic narrative that put question and cast doubt on the security based state narative, so the political commentariat has been reduced to partisan state one sided propaganda.
When it comes to hate-infested Anti-Americanism and Anti-Zardarism, the commercial channel’s cartoonish news and comment talk shows have been mixing biased opinion and ultranationalist extremism with news stories without clearly labeling and categorization, for the sake of a breaking news, some ratings points, better job package or to oblige masters.
Most of our “best corporate media’s talk show anchors” in Pakistan are great at being entertainers and practicing tabloid-style sensationalism, but are lousy at informing people, furthermore, are selling and spreading the lies of the extreme right wing. And, now, we have fortunately or unfortunately ‘Bhand experts’ on every issue ranging from Pakistan United States relations to democracy, as they are providing more entertainment than news anchors, and their rating is also better.
To define precisely what nationalism means; accepting people of all faiths and not differentiating between them on the basis of race, religion, color, ethnicity or caste, and it also means that every nation has the right to determine itself within the frame of its own interests. The national interest of a state is multi-faceted and usually as defined by its representative government or parliament, yet being nationalist does not mean that you have to follow blindly any order or policy given by a security and intelligence establishment.
The article, published in the New York Times, In Pakistani Media, the U.S. Is a Target for Acrimony, describes how Pakistani media have provided fodder for the spread of anti-American views.
“Such is the media frenzy and warmongering that popular talk show hosts have even begun discussing possible scenarios of how Pakistan should react if the United States attacks the country. One television news channel has even aired a war anthem.”
The Article further states:
“The rambunctious electronic and print media have been rife with discussions about the possible rupture between the two troubled allies. Several retired army officials have taken on a very hard line, urging the government to break ties with the United States.”
The article especially highlights the lies and propaganda of Hamid Mir:
On Monday, Hamid Mir, the host of “Capital Talk,” a talk show on the popular news network Geo, started the show asking, “Is United States going to attack on the ground in Pakistan?”
Mr. Mir, who has a penchant for sensationalism, asked Asma Jahangir, the president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, what would happen if, in response to an American attack, Pakistan blocked the NATO supply lines that pass through the country for the Afghan war.
Ms. Jahangir rebuked the host. “America hasn’t launched any attack yet, and you are talking this way,” Ms. Jahangir said. Instead, she urged Pakistanis to reflect on where they have gone wrong.