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Sensational Lies: The Media Lies, Period.

Posted on: November 13, 2007

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With regards to this article: http://www.statesman.com/news/content/news/stories/local/11/11/1111pakistanaustin.html

The media lies, period. My friend happens to be quoted on this article and one of his other friends, as well. We’ve heard that the media distorts perspectives but this shows that media conforms to the majority opinion, even if it means completely misquoting (purposely) an individual.

The article says, “The phone system shutdown has made it hard for Kajani to talk to his father, who lives in Karachi, he said.’It is really tough to get ahold of him. The conditions over there are not very good. There is violence everywhere.’ ”

I spoke to Anis and said that was bogus because I had been speaking to a number of people all over Karachi (also where Anis comes from), and I had no trouble getting in touch with them. Anis said, “I know, he misquoted me. Even I am speaking to my dad everyday.” Anis mentioned that he contacted the author of the article and told him. He called the office several times as well but to no avail. He is going to the Statesman office tomorrow to speak to anyone incharge, personally.

Also misquoted was Ammar Jan: Ammar Jan is not a sophomore, he is a junior. What put Ammar off most though was this:

“I hope it will be done before that, but if not, I’m going to join the protest movement.”

Ammar never claimed to anything as above.

Anis Kajani said that he knows “all” of the Pakistani students at UT Austin and he said, “This YouTube thing is also bogus because…no one has done anything like that over here. Who has time to do that like sit down and make a video?”

This isn’t all too hard to believe, considering like tens of thousands of university students, being one of them, I know how demanding university and schedules can be.
It is one thing to make assumptions about media, it is another to have individuals interviewed and misquoted tell you that the media “over exaggerated.”

The private media’s sole purpose, as in any private business is to be profitable by selling sensationalism (or sensational lies).
Mind you, this does not give media a good name in general, and the United States media in particular, even more so, the Statesman.

And before you, Patrick George, author of the article titled “At UT, Pakistani students fear for their loved ones,” dated Sunday, November 11, 2007, think that no one will read this, let me burst your bubble by telling you that this blog is read quite a bit, by quite a lot of the people in the industry. Hence, the title of the blog (it does everything you in news papers do).

Patrick George may be contacted at: pgeorge@statesman.com or (512) 445-3851.

The Statesman Newsroom may be contacted at the following:

Editor
Richard Oppel: (512) 445-3664
Managing Editor
Fred Zipp: (512) 912-2983
Assistant Managing Editors:
Sharon Roberts: (512) 445-3660
Drew Marcks: (512) 445-3661
Tim Lott: (512) 912-2938
Debbie Hiott: (512) 445-3851

The online version (where this article was published) has the following contact addresses:

Tim Lott, asst. managing editor, 512-912-2938
Kristi Kingston, news editor (Statesman.com), 512-912-2948
Gary Dinges, entertainment editor (Austin360.com), 512-912-5987
Tom Linehan, business/operations manager, 512-445-3597

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3 Responses to "Sensational Lies: The Media Lies, Period."

When you said they were misquoted, I was assuming their quotes were going to be taken out of context (which no doubt happens all the time). But complete quotes that never existed is just rediculous.

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Interesting. I noticed the same thing with Australian media.
We’re constantly getting [and I’ll draw from Media Watch here] newspapers which make their claim that they’re “completely unbiased and tell news like it is” but when analyzed are found to be complete liars, as recently seen in a respected Australian newspaper.

Moreover, we have a media obsessed with having their ratings higher than ever. Rather than choosing stories that the public should be exposed to, they choose ‘stories’ that they feel the public wants.

What are they scared of this week?
Crazed train drivers.

Then we’ll dedicate a whole 10 minutes of prime time TV giving generalized comments about train drivers as a whole, most of it completely untrue. We’ll also ignore that recently in *insert foriegn country* has had 30 people die in a bomb blast.

Like mentioned, it’s the same with the film industry.

Sorry, I’ve completely strayed from the point =]

The other thing is when they quote from “sources” who they cannot name. These sources could be anyone making anything up!

And as far as news goes, at least SBS (a channel focused on immigrants in Australia) seems to have unbiased news of sorts, and since its world news I get the full picture and there’s no time for bull crap such as the latest Dancing With the Stars scandal. I never watch the normal commercial channels news, plus it can be kind of corny.

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