Hindu Statement

Its not a Religious Statement, Its a Cultural Statement!!!

Media and News is yours, if you have the moolah.

We knew that there is a bias towards certain parties among the media, but then, this is a revelation. You can now buy the news that will appear in the media, even if the “news” has never happened. In a democracy people tend to believe that media is the back bone of the system, but here, in our democracy(??) the media is free for all, as long as you have the money to buy them.

I have heard/read of the bravery and resolve the media showed during the emergency declared by Indira Gandhi.  I am also aware of their work to create awareness among the Indian middle class. But I did not know that the news that i might be reading or seeing on TV would be false. In the quest to increase their readership and viewership,  the media has forgotten the most important aspect of journalism, the authenticity and the non biased nature of the news they report!! Forget checking the authenticity, they themselves are creating news for cash.

The article on Wall street Journal will blow your head off. Excerpts from the article are below.

Ajay Goyal is a serious, independent candidate contesting for a Lok Sabha seat in Chandigarh.
Never heard of him? Neither, probably, have a lot of people in Chandigarh because when it came to getting press coverage for his campaign he was faced with a simple message: If you want press, you have to pay.

So far, he says, he’s been approached by about 10 people – some brokers and public relations managers acting on behalf of newspaper owners, some reporters and editors – with the message that he’ll only get written about in the news pages for a fee. We’re not talking advertising; we’re talking news.


In one case, he went along to see what would happen: a press release he submitted full of falsehoods – claiming he had campaigned in places he had never been, for instance – ran verbatim. One thing he has never seen on his real campaign: a reporter there to cover the story.”It’s disappointing,” Mr. Goyal says. “What good is literacy and education if people have no access to real news, investigation, skepticism or a questioning reporter.”


A free (in every sense) press is an integral part of a vibrant democracy. A corrupt press is both symptom and perpetrator of a rotten democracy.


So why are we surprised when the voter turnout is so low, despite the much-touted surge of political awareness among the young and post-Mumbai? It’s all part and parcel of the public disgust with the political system and the pillars of the Establishment that support that system as well. For every newly-minted reform-minded, politically aware voter, there are probably hundreds of jaded citizens who just decide the heck with it.


N. Gopalaswami, retired Chief Election Commissioner, says in an interview, “This is not something that can be ignored. It is not just a few apparent cases, it is much more than that.”

May 6, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | , , , , | 1 Comment