GEO’s bias

This page was put up back in the good ol’ days when former President Pervez Musharraf initiated temporary Emergency Rule in Pakistan in November 2007. During this period, the media, which won its freedom only thanks to Musharraf, went wild and began a hate campaign against Musharraf. GEO, in particular, crossed all limits and, as a result, a number of channels were temporarily suspended in Pakistan.

GEO still continues its Musharrafphobia campaign. Its leading anchor, the bigot Hamid Mir, revealed his personal hate and contempt towards Musharraf to one of this blogs regular commentator, Sajjad Riaz, in an email as follows:

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RE: MUSHARRAF THE BEST‏
From: Hamid Mir (hamid.mir@geo.tv)
Sent: 23 August 2008 14:08:55
To: sajjad riaz (*****)

I got job 21 years ago.Allah gave me job not Musharraf.

Musharraf nenver gave us license we were operating from Dubai.

Musharraf treated us like animals.He attacked us inside our offices,he used police against us on the roads,he tried to bribe us.He is not exposed yet but we will expose him soon.

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Right here Hamid Mir has exposed the fact that he is by no means balanced and fair in his analysis and programmes. He has a personal grudge against Musharraf.

Not only that, he proves that he is a liar. Geo’s license can be seen on the PEMRA website. If GEO had no license, then how did some members of the police manage to trash their office in Islamabad in 2007? Oh my, GEO was running an office in Islamabad without a license? 🙂

His second lie is the claim that Musharraf attempted to “bribe” him. Instead, it is more reasonable that Mir is angry because Musharraf did not bribe him!

Just look at the way this guy writes…like a typical uneducated individual lacking all nuance and possessing a low IQ.

Police in Pakistan has always been corrupt and they have launched such attacks at all times, be it during the Bhutto and Nawaz regimes and all other regimes. Yes, there is a serious problem with our police. This is nothing new. But to blame Musharraf for it and to convey the impression as if he personally ordered the attack, rolled up his sleeves, designed the attack plan and oversaw its execution is to be extremely deceptive and dishonest. To correct Mir, some members of the police acted on their own authority without receiving any “orders” from members of the government, let alone from Musharraf.

As for Musharraf “treated us like animals“, then that is another example of gross disinformation and propaganda. Granted, things were not perfect, but let’s face it: Pakistan saw unprecedented freedom of expression under Musharraf. In a short span of time dozens and dozens of private channels opened up, often openly criticising Musharraf, with generally no action taken against them by the Musharraf government. This was unimaginable under the previous Nawaz and Bhutto regimes. Far from treating the likes of Mir “like animals”, the Musharraf era brought about unprecedented freedom within Pakistan.

Far from ever “exposing” Musharraf, Mir successfully managed to expose himself as an incoherent bigot in his above email rantings.

Of course, GEO’s anti-Musharraf propaganda campaign continues unabated. This destroys their claim of being balanced. They have proven to be only as “fair and balanced” as Fox News.

Here you are free to express your views and opinions against the propaganda campaign of GEO.

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The following was written back in the days of the temporary Emergency in 2007. I have decided to retain this text.

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GEO TV has set up a blog here where you can submit your supportive (and unsupportive/critical?) comments.

With very, very few exceptions, the negative comments, even if highly polite and decent, are not approved by the moderators of the GEO blog. I have been sent comments by some surfers which were written very politely and submitted to the GEO blog a long time ago which have yet to appear since they have been (presumably) rejected.

GEO boasts a lot about its ‘fair’ and ‘balanced’ coverage. But do not be fooled by their rhetoric. They do have an agenda. GEO is only interested in displaying opinions they agree with, whilst largely ignoring the opposing viewpoints. In this way GEO gives a very one sided presentation. Note also GEO’s clear cut refusal recently to cover the pro-Musharraf rally in Toronto. When approached and requested to give some coverage, GEO officials said that they are ordered only to cover anti-Musharraf rallies. So much for GEO’s claim of being ‘truthful’.

In light of this, I decided to allow people to post their critical comments and reservations concerning GEO’s overly biased, unfair and unnecessarily confrontational coverage of events from day one of the emergency.

Feel free to send your comments here and just remember not to be insultive and abusive. We have to maintain a higher character than the one displayed by GEO and the anti-Musharraf forces.

[Note:- let me make it clearer since some people obviously are having a difficulty following the above comments: irrelevant comments will not be accepted in this section. This section is reserved for those who wish to express an opinion against GEO’s biased programming. If you wish to make supportive comments about GEO, then kindly post them on GEO’s blog. If you wish to talk about issues having nothing to do with GEO’s bias, then kindly post those comments at some appropriate location in the blog (not here).

But I guarantee you that despite this very clear, explicit and categorical request, some will still post irrelevant comments in this section! 🙂 Don’t try since they will not be approved].

Responses

  1. A hobson’s choice is available- between the devil and the deep sea.
    u forget that while Zardari did not stop any evil entering Pakistan, Musharraf brought vulgarity through un restrained channels into our homes. Do not forget the lal-masjid episode, that of Dr Afia and the woman called Sonia Naz – courtsey Mahnaz Rafi the proud and arrogant MNA during Musharraf,s time.
    Both are an evil for Pakistan
    am

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    Response:

    1. The biggest evil for Pakistan are ignorant folks and liars such as yourself. You and Zardari are in the same category.

    2. You reveal your desperation when you falsely accuse Musharraf of introducing vulgarity in Pakistan. Seems like the hate-mongers are running out of excuses. Blame the channels for the alleged “vulgarity” and not Musharraf as the latter was not responsible for deciding what is to be shown on our TV screens. The ones who work in the channels, the producers, the directors, the actors, the management of these TV stations, blame them. Essentially its a catch 22 situation. Blame Musharraf if he attempts to introduce some restrains via PEMRA and blame him if he decides to maintain a distance and let the media folks make decisions themselves. Your kind, who oppose for the sake of opposing and who argue for arguments sake, will not be happy or satisfied no matter what.

    3. You certainly have forgotten the lal-masjid episode very quickly. Well, what about it? Please share with us your arguments in defense of the lal-masjid terrorists, takfiris and the khawarijis and I will offer my rebuttal. You want to debate this topic then lets go for it.

    4. Aafia Siddiqui – what about this episode? Lets debate it out shall we? You can start off by justifying why she ventured into Afghanistan with her kids, why she wanted to be with the Taliban, why she married al-Ballochi (nephew of terrorist Khalid Sheikh Muhammad), and why she in 2008 requested her uncle in Islamabad to send her over to the Taliban, and I will then offer my rebuttal.

    5. Sonia Naz – I’ll confess I know nothing about this saga. So blurt out the details and I will then reply.

    Chao.

  2. HAMID MIR TUM NE QASAM KHA RAKHI HAI KE TUM HAQ KI BAAT KABHI NAI KARO GE.
    ISLAM KO PASE POSHT DAL RAKHA HAI OR NAWAZ SHAREEF KO PEHLE.
    TUM JANTE HO KE WO SIRF IQTADAAR ME AANE KE NASHE ME HAI US KO AWAAM KE MASAHIL SE KIYA LAGE.
    TUM ALLAH SE DARO OR MUSHARRAF KI MUKHALIFAT KARNE KI BAJAI NAWAZ SHAREEF KI CORRUPTION KO BHI SAMNE LAO.
    AAJ TUM JO PHODAK RAHE HO YE SAB MUSHARRAF KE BADULAT HAI.
    KIYA NAWAZ SHAREEF DOODH KA DHOLA HAI?
    AWAAM GHORBAT KE HATHO KHUDKASHIYAAN KAR RAHE HAIN OR TUM FAZOOL CHOR UCHAKO KO DAILY CAPITAL TALK ME LA KAR TIME BARBAAD KAR KE CHALE JATE HO.
    DARO ALLAH SE OR17 CRORE AWAAM PAR RAHAM KARO.
    TUM AIK HOST HO OR HOST KO GHEER JANIBDAAR HONA CHAIYE YOON KISI EIK KE PECHE PAR JANA OR DOSAROON KO FARISHTA BANA DENA INSAAF NAI HAI.
    HUMERA ZAHEER
    ISLAMABAD

  3. I think parvez musharaf is the best leader in pakistan.

    MUHAMMAD ASIF KHAN GURMANI
    KOT ADDU

  4. I think parvez musharaf is the best leader in pakistan.
    East or West, Musharraf is the Best!
    MUHAMMAD ASIF KHAN GURMANI
    KOT ADDU

  5. Pakistani politicians are mother traders. They can sale their mothers for their personal interest.

    The biggest traders are

    Nawaz Sharif & His family
    Ahsan Iqbal Narowal sialkoti
    Khawaja Asif Sialkoti bank corrupt and thief
    Nisar Chuhdari
    Ahsan Iqbal PPP
    and others PMLN AND PPPP

  6. Sonia Naz case:
    http://pakistantimes.net/2005/09/05/top7.htm

  7. here is a comment on the vulgarity aspect touched in above. Nowadays every time one tries to point out the obscenities that these media houses throw upon us, one is immediately caste into a Taliban and the ‘apna apna choice’ lecture comes on.

    Its not apna apna choice, the standards we adhere to are the ones we believe in and as determined in our faith, thats universal. Unless the media walas profess some other values.

    Pakistani media has destroyed the Pakistani culture, just as it has destroyed the political debate in pursuance of profits.
    Iam thinking of building a separate blog to dissect these people as a whole.

  8. Musharaf is the best leader in pakistan no one can be compared to him. please get back to pakistan.and save us from this corrupt poltician especially nawaz sharif the biggest GANJA in world.


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