Ten Years After 9/11, The MSM Still Doesn’t Understand Pakistan
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  • Anthony

    The cultural mainstream reporting by and large WRM is an empty street; that is, it is full of, as you say, simplistic Western frameworks designed to fit a conventional narrative (good v. bad, democracy v. absolutism, light v. dark, etc.). Overall, such presentation misleads an uninformed public to country’s detriment.

    I have been told that mass cultural communications is a basic industry, as basic as oil, transportation, and IT, in its own way. Point being that control of the “cultural apparatus” (media message) via correspondents, reporters, journalist, et al avails coverage pursuant to an interest…

    Whoever controls the cultural apparatus also controls the destiny….

  • thibaud

    Every country has its blind spots, but American blind spots about other nations’ complexities are an order of magnitude larger than those of less powerful peoples that long ago learned the importance of seeking to understand others first, before you run your mouth.

    European coverage of America has its flaws, but even middlebrow European journals tend to contain fewer inaccuracies and outright whoppers than more highbrow American ones.

    It’s a pity we don’t have more citizen-to-citizen exchanges of the sort we had during the Cold War, when US students, journalists, labor leaders, artists and writers and professors were encouraged to travel to and interact with their peers in western Europe.

    The state of Americans’ knowledge about how other economies and polities actually function, while never terribly deep, appears to be much worse today than it was in the 1950s and 1960s. Back when everyone read Time magazine and watched the major networks, there was much greater attention to foreign affairs and a greater and broader recognition of our European cultural heritage. No question that foreign bureaus were much better staffed and funded during that era. We’ve lost a great deal.

    Add to this superior foreign news coverage the fact that our parents’ generation actually had first hand experience of Europe and Asia, and you can see why they were able to develop a more balanced and accurate view of where America is exceptionally strong and also where it’s weak and failing.

  • Walter Sobchak

    I understand Pakistan now. It is a failed state run by a Pashtun Military controlled by an Islamist ideology. The steps we need to take are: first) to get their hostages (i.e. our soldiers, diplomats, and ngo employees) out of Afghanistan with as few casualties as possible and as soon as possible, and second) to do the nation of India the favor we owe them by destroying as much of the military hardware that we have transferred to the Pakistani Military as we can with out putting boots on the ground in that horrid place. If, in that process we can destroy nuclear weapons that they may have, we must do so. We must also destroy their nuclear weapons production capabilities.

    Plow the ground, sow it with salt.

  • Corlyss

    Frankly, there’s not world enough or time to list all the really important subjects that the MSM doesN’T get. I read Economist religiously, have for years, and am still astonished about their capacity to spiel off endless Lib/Prog tropes whose market price long go dropped to junk bond status.

  • Brendan Doran

    You may add that most reporters aren’t very smart, trade in gossip, and are usually lazy.

  • “It’s a tragic failure that, after a decade of close U.S. diplomatic engagement with South and Central Asia, the media does not provide better coverage of a country of such pivotal importance.”

    I no longer believe it has pivotal importance. If it had nuclear weapons then yeah. But I don’t believe they have them. Does this look real.

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