Saturday, June 03, 2006

Media Mania: Rahul Mahajan Case

What a poor sight it was all channels taking credit for exclusives and Rahul Mahajan dominating the news of this country with a population of 100 crore!
There was no other news. Already there is little of developmental stories, postive news and social stories on televsion. The Ajtak guys were so elated for having Saahil at their Kashmir studio! Even if Nelson Mandela would have walked into the studio, they wouldn't have been so happy. Doesn't that suggest the priorities of our news channels who thrive on sensationalism.
If they keep working at this pace, high-profile criminals would be brought to studios for giving their side of stories before going to jail--that is not too far. Already, we had once Punya Prasoon Bajpai talk to the PRO/lawyer of an underworld don.
I was reading a story in Asian Age. I read it because it appeared an investigative story about the role of a radical Muslim outfit (SIMI) that has a strong base in Maharashtra. However, glaring errors in the story made me upset. The fact that the writer Olga Tellis is a well-known journalist made me wonder. It could not be the fault of the desk alone. Such a serious issue and such a poor reporting! I rubbed my eyes in disbelief and found it was really Asian Age. If you don't know spellings, you can ask somebody who is aware or do some good search on the net, else make a mockery of all. Reading the story I remembered the cardinal rule, don't write your by-line unless you are too sure of your story because it affects your credibility.


Shashikant Kore said...

I have been reading your blog for quite some time. Keep up the good work.

Anonymous said...

That the Indian media thrives on sensatioanilism has once again been highlighted by its exclusive reports on Rahul Mahajan's case. Even today, two days after the incident the scores of news channels have been displaying Rahul's condition as if it were his medical bulletin board.
Pls. display other news which brings out the positive, brighter side of life.
You have done a lot of service for the society like investigative journalism. There are other serious issues of public concern. Expose the wrong doers.
Of course the tragic incident which has happened with the Mahajans is worth reporting, but dont take it to ridiculous proportions.

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