Hello, Mekin. What Mr. Pollack wrote was chilling. Thank you for the link.
I remember my moment of epiphany (not long enough ago) when I realized that how my buying the paper doesn't mean I'm buying very much... It's the advertisers that are doing the buying. We're not the fish, we're just the damn bait.
It doesn't matter what they tell us, so long as they have our attention. How else does one explain the Daily Mirror or even the TofI, two esteemed publications that frequently line my bird-cages. Thanks to them, people around me recognise "WAG" and "socialite" to be occupations. :|
News channels were *never* really in the broadcasting business out of a sense of duty. Ms Dutt might have fooled herself into thinking so, but that's never ever really been the case. NDTV got to broadcast its brand of Big-Brother-esque reality TV, with gunfire, car-jacking and explosions... And they got to do it in the name of duty. And we lapped it up.
It baffles me to think of how savagery continues unabated in the North East, J&K, in Myanmar, in Palestine... because the rest of us are bored. Perhaps such is our species. One could argue how the paper ought to track the war in Darfur as closely as it does, say, Ms Jolie's abdomen or sartorial disasters that pass for Ms Spears' clothes... But think of how boring that would be. :\
Checks and balances: I wonder why the press didn't catch the politicians out when they first accused Pakistan, and then waited for the proof. A squandered opportunity. To wait for the results of tracing the phones, the weapons, the money. To perhaps make the case to the world of how financial aid to Pakistan makes its way into the hands of monsters. Perhaps irrefutable proof would pressure their government to do something. (Cross-border bombing, while on the menu, needn't be the first course.)
Instead, knee-jerk accusations from the politicians have opened us up to ridicule... only exacerbated by our press not checking them at all. Frustrating, how neither seems to do their job.
(Incidentally, my brother was at the railway station.)