Author Archives: The Tube

Media Watch: Women’s clothes

Though you might not guess as much by looking at him, the PTI’s honey-loving, rabble-rousing Ali Amin Gandapur, nominated for the murder of not one but two PTI members by the latter’s

Media Watch: The joke’s on you

Satire, local practitioners of the craft bemoan, dies this side of the Suez. That is a defeatist attitude, of course. There has been plenty of tanz in these parts, much appreciated and

Media Watch: On truncated tallies

“If you don’t stick to your values when they are being tested, they’re not values, they’re hobbies.” – Jon Stewart. For there to be more transparency and access to the media in

Media Watch: The age of fear

It is grainy footage from, presumably, a CCTV camera. It’s a quiet street. Some cars, some trees and some kids playing. Two men come over on a motorbike, swerve and discreetly pick

Sheeda rhymes with “banjar”

Sheikh Rasheed, of course, isn’t known for minding his language. The self-described “downtown man” claims to have his hand on the pulse of the people, which would be true, if “the people”

Media Watch: Duelling Chaudhrys

Neither went to finishing school. When we hear of a guests’ list of a television talk show that has both the League’s Talal Chaudhry and the PTI’s Fawad Chaudhry, we should know

Media Watch: Not taking this lying down

A thunderous speech. Recently elected All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) President Hameed Haroon made an impassioned plea for press freedom at the annual APNS awards function, attended by both former prime minister

Media Watch: New lows

That the news media is being suppressed wouldn’t spring any surprises. That is how things have been in this neck of the woods. That some senior journalists are now deeming it to

Media Watch: A dangerous man

‘Kaash aap merey walid hotay!’ They’re always entertaining, but the sheer Amir-Liaqatness-per-centimetre-square in a recent episode of Amir Liaqat’s ramzan show on Bol was dangerously high. And this is not to throw

Media Watch: The Slap

“This is not the temperament of the show,” host Muneeb Farooq kept saying, while trying to pacify his two warring guests on his program Aapas Ki Baat (22nd May). Well, that particular