and I am all for it.
First, head on to The Hoot for some scathing commentary on the electronic media’s coverage of recent ‘human interest’ stories. Then read on as Jug Suraiya says (after consulting whoever runs the newspaper, of course) that the Times of India might be said to be the chamcha-in-chief of whichever government is in office, and then takes a (valid) pot shot at the Hindu whose coverage of the Tibet issue was so left leaning and pro-China that its readers had to shoot off letters to the editor. The Maha Vishnu of Mount Road, people call it. Nice nickname.
Plagiarism in Indian news media seems to be touching new heights. Don’t trust the Indian Media! and Churumuri have covered some recent cases, including the Sakal Times one (take some time out and visit the blogs, links on my blogroll). So it is not surprising when one reads about the case of a newspaper picking up a photograph from a blog without acknowledging the source.
Wrapping things up, last Wednesday the Mumbai Mirror picked up my post on the Gujjar reservation issue for their bloggers’ park column. And to my surprise I found out that they had edited out all the cuss words I had used and performed an all round hack-job on the post, probably to save space, my Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.5 India License notwithstanding. I could only smile as two things came to mind – one, how Howard Roark would have reacted to this, and two, how ironical that even tabloids have to resort to censorship.