Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Crimes of Profession - willful encroachment of free speech


The fundamental task at hand for any journalist is to seek truth. But to seek truth he needs to move in the right direction. To find that right direction right questions are necessary. It is therefore very important to do the required homework before pursuing a story or even a task as trivial as doing an interview. But the Indian media in it's own unstoppable marathon of blunders and abominable greed of TRP money, keeps committing their usual crime - to put it's words in the interviewee's mouth.

Here we go one by one into a series of these crimes of profession, and i suggest you to imagine how badly the self control is working on their perpetrators.


The Indian subcontinent lost its greatest sons, an eminent scientist, former president and Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam popularly called as the missile man for his outstanding leadership and pioneering work in Indian space research and missile programs.

Times Now like all channels has aired this sudden demise and also an old interview of it's chief editor Arnab with Dr. Kalam.

In this interview Arnab summarizes Kalam's reply to a question and says, "so I understand from what you said that you hate politicians". Kalam then says, "media has it's own way to interpret things..." and then clarifies what he said.

In another question Arnab asks, "Why do you think people love you?". Kalam quite surprised at this intelligent question of this intelligent chief of editing, says, "I cannot answer why they love me, but you can ask me what I do so they love me."

The central dilemma in journalism is that you don't know what you don't know.
                                                                                                       Bob Woodward

Bottom line is media survives it's crimes in the name of journalism, and grows a bigger criminal with all the trp it gains out of our ignorance. This free run has to be stopped and media must be brought under special law and awarded equally special punishments so as to uphold journalism.

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