This happened while watching the Chennai floods coverage on TV the other night.
News: Bad governance in Chennai, areas are flooded, people are in trouble, there is a shortage of food etc etc.
Daughter: Did people die in Chennai?
Daughter: Then why aren’t they telling that?
I did not know whether to laugh at my five year old’s exasperation or cry at the macabre expectation she had. One thing I did know though. Our media is extremely insensitive in their coverage and commentary. I understand that the media houses are here to make profits. But they forget that due to the sheer nature of their work, they become opinion leaders of the society. Why can’t they be mindful of that?
There is this forward doing rounds on social media these days that compares the media coverage between the Mumbai and Paris attacks. It goes something like –
- There was no news showing dead bodies and blood
- There were no statements by other political parties condemning the government
- There were no journalists shoving the mike in front of frightened people asking them how they were feeling
While I have not watched the Paris coverage extensively, I can’t comment if any of the above happened, I can say one thing for sure. In Indian media, the shows I saw where parallels were drawn between the Mumbai and the Paris attacks, the entire focus was to belittle the Indian authorities for the way they handled the scenarios. I did not see any reference to the fact that Indian media covered the whole operation ‘LIVE’.
The biggest difference between Mumbai and Paris was no LIVE media coverage @sudhirchaudhary number of terrorist's teams is not the point
— LifestyleProBlog (@LifstyleProBlog) November 16, 2015
I clearly remember the I&B ministry had to request the news channels to back off and not show the live coverage because this was hampering the operations and helping the attackers. If that was not irresponsible, what was?
What do you guys think about the state of Indian media? Do you like me also think that is currently full of Pseudo-Intellectuals and Screaming Psychos?
I can’t help think back of the twitter conversation with my friend Suman (@Suman_kher), who says Bloggers can change the world. Now that I think about it, I do believe that bloggers are really doing the job of traditional media! What are your thoughts on this? Do let me know.