Its ‘Bash the Media’ week

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.

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  • Renjith Nair  On September 19, 2008 at 12:50 pm

    I would like to comment that, most of the Indian Media is politically biased and immature, especially when it comes to BJP rules states they are surprisingly misleading the readers and viewers in this country. Infact, in my true knowledge BJP ruled states are doing well in many aspects if not all compare to other states.We know that there is not a single news paper or visual media which is not run by a family in this country.If you consider CNN-IBN it is the most visibly biased visual media channel ever India have seen, so obsessed with Gandhi dynasty,Rajdeep and his Wife Sagarika is totally after Narendra Modi and BJP. If Modi sneezes it is a headline story in CNN-IBN!.if you consider NDTV PRANNOY ROY is trying his best to be a pseudo-secularist. But if we closely watch each of their programs it is increasingly getting biased and a person with common sense can understand what is going on behind the scene.Prannoy Roy and Barkha Dutta believes they are the only intellectuals left in this country!.If you look at the news papers, we know the history of Indian express. What role Goenka played in Indian politics utilizing his family run news paper business.Vir Sanghvi of Hindustantimes ( Late KK Birla is a staunch congressman) is all the way praising Sonia as if his career itself is pledged for that cause. A fair exemption can be made for Times of India ,I don’t know If I am correct.Otherwise there is a serious conspiracy going on this country by these new founded intellectual Pseudo Secularists.We must be able to differentiate what is right and what is wrong as these channels are targeting young urban population mixing news with bit of masalas and Tabloid especially the Hip-hop culture. They are not aware that their credibility and neutrality is being lost infront of the masses.In India Media ethics is a neglected truth.It is the era of family run businesses for personal and political gains.In the name of freedom of speech they are misleading the people to make thier own profit and gains.Who care where this will lead the country to?????

  • Aristotle The Geek  On September 21, 2008 at 12:18 am

    The state of the media in any country is a reflection of the intellectual caliber of its people. If they are less interested in knowing the facts and more interested in opinions, the media will deliver that. If they are not interested in thinking but want the media to do it from them, the media will deliver again. Knowing how indifferent the average Indian is to everything around him, I don’t think we need to be surprised that the media in the country is nothing more than a bunch of glorified fast food vendors – whether a particular media house is family owned or not, and who’s ass they are kissing becomes irrelevant in the process.

    For the record, while I recognize the Muslim appeasement politics of parties like the Congress, SP, CPM and the like – pejoratively called “pseudo secularism” by the extreme right, I don’t hold charitable views on Modi and his brand of authoritarian ends-justify-the-means politics. Supporting him, and therefore the BJP, might seem the right thing to do in the face of the stupidity that one has to encounter when dealing with the Congress etc, but authoritarianism is a double edged sword that will in the end, always injure those who hold it.

  • Pramod Biligiri  On September 22, 2008 at 12:34 am

    I fully agree with your characterization of media. I often have to point out to people from both ends of the political spectrum that the media has no agenda.

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