Thursday, January 29, 2009

Shame shame NDTV shame

The fourth estate in India that blows the conch of 'accountability' and deciding who is 'secular' and who is not has not distinguished itself in more occasions than one when it comes to keeping its house in order or its coverage more balanced. What they do when it comes to their business is none of mine. If they choose to drool pages over a beauty contest and an upcoming film in the name of 'extended entertainment coverage' over farmer suicides and other important issues happening all across the country that is their screwed up priority and I always have the liberty and inclination to change the channel or look at a different page.

However it pisses me off totally when they indulge in sensational journalism that potentially puts people's life in peril and then arm twist their way out when a concerned blogger mentions it in his blog. Now the blog space is beyond their JNU campus intellectual domain and when they are questioned, they have their own blog space where they invite fans of actors to post comments on stupid media soundbytes that they can use to defend themselves or apologize sincerely as they wish. The concerned media conglomerate is the famed NDTV championed by Prannoy Roy who seems to think that freedom of expression and questioning social wrongs are rights that the government has conferred to him and his corporation alone. I came across this blog where they have tried to derive perverse pleasure by putting on a 'International cowboy act' .

The point in contention is their utterly irresponsible behaviour by trying to capture as many shots of the positions of NSG commandos and beaming it on the airwaves for the terrorists of the Taj hotel to plot an escape or possibly cause more harm to the selfless servicemen. Now this has been raised by many media analysts in their newspaper articles. Even the bold editor of Thuglaq, Cho Ramaswamy spoke about it in a serious manner in his magazine as well as in the annual function of his magazine. So why single out an individual blogger. What harm has he done to their TRP ratings? Why choke an apology out of him on one hand while asking the fans of the channel to submit citizen reporter videos and MMS clips? Is the 'freedom of expression' so unpalatable? What about their 'freedom of expression' when it comes to sting operations and their take on politicians and officials they have sworn to expose sans any bias?

Their actions when it comes to covering tragedies like this one or any natural disaster is always 'sensational' . If it is a 'friendly state' their coverage will be benevolent while if it comes to an 'unfriendly state' their coverage will be like a guerilla organization - going for the jugular and forming opinions that they find fashionable and politically expedient to their ends. Their mindless sensationalism has reached monstrous proportions where they have started seeing themselves as a political force more and a responsible journalistic entity less. This is a dangerous trend and will end in 'rogue journalism and reporting' too soon. Their intolerance to criticism is the same as that of the politicians they criticize day in and day out.
If anyone is still reading this blog - do me a favour - write more about this incident and spread awareness. Lets see if NDTV's lawyers want my apology too.

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Blogger The Comic Project said...

Media turning Taliban, joins RaJ T and Pramod Muthalik among others.

"Your opinion is yours, my opinion is mine
If you don’t like what I’m sayin’? Fine
But don’t close it, always keep an open mind
A man who fails to listen is blind
We only got one right left in the world today
Let me have it or throw The Constitution away"

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.haindavakeralam.com/HKPage.aspx?PageID=8098&SKIN=B

Real Talibans of India - Media

When a female journalist called Soumya Vishwanathan was killed in India’a national capital, the Chief Minister of Delhi Smt Sheila Dixit blamed the dead female journalist for her own tragedy by saying that she was too adventurous. The Media wholeheartedly supported Mrs Dixit and went gaga over her shortly afterwards, when she won the Delhi Assembly elections.

When Scarlett Keeling was raped and killed in Goa and the needle of suspicion pointed to a strong nexus between the Goan Ministers, the drug mafia and the sex racketeers, the media played it very safe by conveniently choosing not to pursue the leads from the investigation.

When a 14-year-old German girl was raped by Rohit Monserrate, the 21-year-old son of Goa Education Minister Atanasio Monserrate who is also a powerful political figure in Goa, and the girl’s mother was repeatedly harassed and their lawyer was grievously injured in order to coerce him to withdraw from the case, the Media didn’t find anything extraordinary in that.

When Taslima Nasreen’s press conference was rudely disrupted and chairs and all sorts of dangerous objects were thrown at her in full glare of the cameras by the “secular” muslim jihadis of Hyderabad lead by the MLAs of Majlis Ittehadul Muslimeen (MIM), the Media didnt at all find anything amiss in that.

When Laxmi Oraon, an Adivasi woman was brutally thrashed and paraded naked through the streets of Guwahati, Assam, with the whole police paraphernalia and official state machinery in tow, the Media chose to downplay the episode since, the victim was a hapless adivasi woman from the lower strata of society.

The Media felt that since all the above unsavoury incidents had occured in the states lead by Madam Sonia Antonia Maino’s puppets, it is all perfectly legitimate and absolutely secular and progressive.

Kudos to the Media who are the Real Talibans of India.

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Anonymous Panther said...

barkha Dutt explained herself on ndtv.com...but the comments are turned off...cant get any worse. shame on you ndtv & BD

the article can be found here:
http://www.ndtv.com/page/?type=barkha-statement

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