'Please do not sell'

'And yet who can deny that while our media has much to be proud of, there is increasing public disenchantment, not just with its slant, shrillness, sermonising and sensationalism, but with its core value, namely integrity. It is hardly a secret that the media is capable of misjudgement and laziness. However, what the aam aadmi seldom doubts is the “news” it transmits. That trust, alas, is breaking down.

I am not referring to the blurring of news and opinion, which itself violates the time-honoured principle: News is sacred, comment is free. However, even when news and comment are mixed up, it is possible for the alert consumer to separate the two. At any rate, even in the most advanced of democracies, the media does carry ideological/party bias, which is reflected not in the editorial pages, but in the news columns. That practice, however deplorable, a free press can live with. ...

I am not unmindful of the difficult times the media industry is going through. The market is too crowded, the advertising cake is too small, the economy is too sluggish. We are all furiously engaged in finding new and innovative ways to augment our dwindling revenues. Outlook (like others) is neck-deep in this skirmish. As you may have noticed, the Outlook ‘Spotlight’ feature is sponsored, the client has almost full editorial control. The only redeeming aspect is that the reader can easily spot it, since it is clearly marked on the page. News for sale is not. The purpose here is to pass off sponsored news as professional news.'

- Vinod Mehta, 'Please do not sell'.

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Radhika said…
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Radhika said…
The problem is that people themselves are not aware of their thoughts. It is mostly borrowed from various people and media sources. Same is true for journalists. This practice of borrowing has stopped us from thinking what we actually support or what are inherent ideologies are. Inevitably the news today is not facts but comments that lead to tainted opinions.
nikhil said…
thanks for the eye opening article.....
Prof.Ray Titus said…
That's why the sage said, 'Know Thyself'.

Yet, we can't.

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