As his last report from Pakistan, Fox News correspondent Scott Heidler submits a story on truck art, which centers around a visit to a workshop near Rawalpindi. The piece is striking in how much Heidler uses the “jingle truck” to describe the art. I’ve awkward tour of Jinnah Market with a very confused Greta Van Susteren.
It bears mentioning that the interior of the truck is not just “pimped” in the same manner of the exterior. While a range of craftsmen will be involved in the exterior design and frame restoration, the decorations inside the cab are much different and usually reflect the personal styles and preferences of the driver.
It is striking that Heidler thinks truck art is “providing a diversion from the day to day realities of everyday life” yet at the same time, the significance is explained relative to US activities in the region, “hauling everything from scrap metal to NATO supplies on their way to Afghanistan”. In reality, the thriving truck art is remarkable in its own right. In that sense, the piece is typical of media coverage that is not security related. The richness of Pakistani life is not significant in its own right, but only noteworthy because it differs from the stream of stories about militants, drones, and instability.