Friday, March 19, 2010

The Big News and Nothing But

Ok. So here I was, minding my own business late at night and looking at various news channels to figure out what the violent Karachi-like protests in Islamabad were all about (since Geo never bothered to explain anything even at the top of the hour for three hours other than that protestors were going on the rampage in Aabpara), when the following headline on Geo regarding the MQM's Foundation Day celebrations (if you can call listening obediently to a phone speaker in 42 degree heat, 'celebrations') made me sit up and take notice:

'MQM leader Altaf Hussain said in his speech that Shahbaz Sharif has told suicide bombers not to attack the Punjab.'

Er..that's it. But wow! What a piece of headline news! Surely it means something! I had hardly digested this groundbreaking report when Geo started flashing a news alert on its crawler that went something like this:

'PIA captain on Islamabad to Karachi flight began humming over PA system because of hunger - He sang 'Aa bhi jao sanam, tumko meri qasam' after which air hostess ran to the cockpit with food - After passengers' protests, the captain apologized, first in English, then in Urdu.'

Who says the media doesn't pick up on the BIG stories of the day?


Alpha Za said...

'Aa bhi jao sanam, tumko meri qasam' way.

I'm surprised that the pilot just didn't light his cig up and down his whiskey. and completed the flight with a call for 'roti, kapra, ghar'

Gotta Love GEO, always looking for the next big story.

Ahsan said...

There's a great scene in Good Will Hunting where Matt Damon relays a story...well, watch it yourself:

Anonymous said...

You should put up a public count of how many people actually read this blog

Omar R Quraishi said...

anonymous - you should write under your real name