Thursday, February 09, 2006

DNA's poor editorials and clarification on Ambani story


The Daily News Analysis (DNA) started a column of corrections on its edit page just because the paper was having so many mistakes. And corrigendums were becoming a daily affair.
They worst was map of India sans Kashmir which they had probably searched through google image and published it. But now a clarification was published but not in that column made for corrections rather on page 1. Why? Because it was about Ambanis.
When business houses are involved, paperwallahs fall on their feets first. The story mentioned Anil Ambani as SP's Rajya Sabha member though he is independent so the paper wrote something like that it understood the difficulties it caused to Ambani.
Yes, thousands of common men get offended you don't give a damn to publish apology or correction but when an Ambani is involved all pee in their pants. That the correction was published as box item in the lead says it all. Kisi mein dum hai? Sab gir padte hain. Aam aadmi ki auqaat nahin.

Great! And see the editorial. What a poor piece it was on the ongoing Muslim protests. Agreed free speech is a right. We all know. But shouldn't the editorial writers know the issue before starting to write. The edit-writer had surely neither seen the caricatures nor knew that protest was less over caricature and more over the fact that the images showed Prophet's turban as the shape of bomb and how can an entire community be branded as terrorist? Mr Gautam Adhikari kindly tell your edit writers to first read or at least see the edit of Hindustan Times on the issue or other edits in leading papers. What a balanced piece, I must appreciate it was in HT. Not a soul can differ. I understand now why DNA has named its Editorial as OPINION.
For godsake bring man from Hitavada/ Free Press/TOI/HT/Express/Asian Age or any paper but don't ask Britannia biscuit man to write edit and Parachute oil manager to sell paper.

2 comments:

Hiren Shah said...

About Ambani "show me the man and I shall show you the law". Thats the way the world function.

You are right about placing square pegs in round holes too. Better to stick to what you know best. The brittania man and parachute oil men must also be crazy to do things they have no work experience of. Writing as it is is creative and beyond the purview of management people and vice-versa

Anonymous said...

Why are you always saying that FMCG guys or chaps from some other industry are not competent ? Most of the current crop of journos who have been in the same industry are no better. Their work is superficial & are limited by their peripheral knowledge.

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