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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.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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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

Media evades real issues – Balbir Punj on Daily Pioneer

Media evades real issues

As we complete the third phase of the Lok sabha election, it is turning out to be more about personalities than the people’s problems. That is, if we go by the media’s coverage of the election, especially that of the electronic media. It appears that certain stereotypes have taken over. If it is a BJP leader who is under the spotlight, then the entire coverage is about whether he or she has referred to the Ram Mandir issue or what is his or her opinion about Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. If it is the Left that is getting air time, then the coverage is mainly about whether the Leftists will support a Congress-led Government. In case of the Congress, it is all about who says what about whom, and not what is being said about the problems facing the country.

Take for example the BJP’s election manifesto. It makes several far-reaching promises like one-rank-one-pension for ex-servicemen, tax-free income for serving armed forces personnel, low interest loans for farmers, waiver of farm loans, low-cost rice and wheat for Below Poverty Line families, etc. There is also an IT Vision Document that the party has produced which lists several innovative ideas to harness information technology for mass welfare. But no one in the media has bothered to question the BJP leaders about the issues raised in the manifesto and the vision document.

This is equally true for other parties and candidates in the electoral fray. No one has asked them about their plan of action with respect to Pakistan, or what their opinion is about the new US Administration or China’s tantrums over Arunchal Pradesh. The Samajwadi Party, for instance, has escaped serious questioning on its backward looking, neo-Luddite manifesto as all attention is focussed on Sanjay Dutt who is campaigning for the party. The SP manifesto says that it will restrict the use of computers and discourage English. Is the SP proposing to take us back to the Stone Age? Nobody has asked this question.

It is because of the sensationalist approach of the media that an impression has been created that the leaders of different parties are all engaged in mutual mud-slinging. The parties themselves could have helped the media refocus on serious issues had they accepted the BJP’s proposal to Continue reading

May 1, 2009 Posted by | Current Affairs | | Leave a comment