Thursday, February 16, 2006

CNN-IBN's sting on UP Minister

Another sting operation and no less shocking. This time a UP minister caught accepting cash for drug trafficking. CNN-IBN needs to be congratulated for this scoop.
But the operations worry me. I feel people are getting immune. 'Neta for Sale' operation may fade from public memory in a couple of days. That's what is happening with so many stings. And people also seems to have accepted that this is nothing new and Netas are expected to do such sort of things. Isn't it disturbing?


Unknown said...


ouch rajdeep, that sting hurts a sum total of one!

Watching parts of the ‘gotcha’ sting on UP mantriji by CNN-IBN set me thinking (aye, aye, I do think once in a while): Good or bad? I mean, too many of ’em? Tell you what, methinks we ought to give it to them this once. At least they are doing some legwork. These days, it seems getting your backside off the office chair and doing something (barely something, I am not even using words like ‘meaningful’ et al) is an obligation few reporters bother to take. Just look at the Times of India, for instance. Some jazzy (and ultimately meaningless) headlines, punched with a jazzed up first two paras — that’s all they have for page-1 news, which, more often than not, are a rehash of everything we have seen on the nine-o-clock the previous evening.

As for news magazines (a misnomer, actually, because they hardly ever carry any news — just some more rehash and even more stupidly inane columns that none bar the authors and poor sub-editors read), less said the better. Their supposed original ideas begin and end with lifestyle stories about coming-of-age hetro/metro/detro/ghetto/outrosexual males, or some such banality.

Not that I am a fan of Rajdeep (too superficially, I-am-breaking-news-and-taking-arse loud) and his team of anchors (equally shallow, minus the volume), but then, give the devil his due when it’s due, right?

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