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Barkha Dutta responded to the various critics

(I wrote this as a comment to that post, but it grew big enough for me to put it here)

Essence of what Barkha says - "Because there were no rules in place, we could not have broken any".

Proves to us viewers that you have no conscience or intellect that tells you what is right and what is wrong.
Its this lack of maturity & leadership, that you continue to show that people are pissed off with. Media coverage definitely cost people's lives as mentioned by Mr. Pollack here (http://www.forbes.com/2008/12/01/mumbai-terror-taj-oped-cx_mp_1201pollack.html)
and a lot of other sources that you can read up about. Instead of being a DUMB conveyor of information, you had the responsibility to ensure that you did not cause harm. Sadly, none of the media channels, including yours did anything to justify that responsibility.

While we appreciate, your questioning the government and asking for action, especially at a time when the government needs to take action that will show it in good light in the upcoming elections.
The 60 hours of "hollywood action movie" like coverage has helped seed so much rage, fear and anger that people are willing to go to war with another nuclear state, without any proper analysis of the event or the outcome. And the coverage continues ...
Your incessant coverage did actually get to me & in a fit of anger I had posted about retaliation as well. But I am lucky to have good thoughtful friends who quickly got me back to senses. I wish folks in media had similar friends.

If there is a war, as per me  - YOU, the media would be largely responsible for it.

I am not saying that the loss in Mumbai is small by any means, but the losses in North East & losses to Naxalism are much bigger issues that have eaten into this country for more than a decade now.
But you only care about TRPs which is why Naxalism & north east are 1 hour special reports at a non-peak hour once a quarter.


Current Location: Bangalore
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From:mythrocks
Date:December 4th, 2008 05:25 pm (UTC)

Checks and balances.

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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.)
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From:mekin
Date:December 5th, 2008 01:36 am (UTC)

Re: Checks and balances.

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(Incidentally, my brother was at the railway station.)

I hope he is fine & recovered from the shock.

Are you in Bangalore ? Its been a very long time..
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From:mythrocks
Date:December 6th, 2008 03:40 am (UTC)

Re: Checks and balances.

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He's fine, thank goodness. Terrorist-trouble has so far been something that happens to other people, on TV. This one was dangerously close to home.
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From:mythrocks
Date:December 4th, 2008 05:35 pm (UTC)

You've probably alread seen this.

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But in case you haven't, take a deep breath first.

http://www.hotklix.com/?ref=content/152704

Love the arguments... "They don't 'look' like our lot, so they aren't.".

I read how the deceased policemen got a 5-lakh compensation, and how our Olympic gold-medalist got 3 crores.

That is just wrong.
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From:mekin
Date:December 5th, 2008 04:00 am (UTC)

Re: You've probably alread seen this.

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We value life a lot lesser than we should ...

Abundance probably causes indifference.
I know thats atrocious, but thats all I can think of as the reasoning behind this lack of respect for life.
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