The Meerut tragedy, that took 50 lives and left hundreds injured, got a little coverage in the prime time channels between the very important Salman’s activities in the dedh cell prison and the Navin Chawla Expose. All day there was the same re-runs of the fire flames cut and pasted to give a sense of the fire really being on for a long time. But what really shocked me was the quality of the journalism on display.
While surfing the TV channels, I was particularly aghast when a over enthusiastic TV reporter got near a burnt man who was crying out for help and instead of helping him out, he thrusts a microphone in his face and very eagerly asks him a question – “Excuse me Sir, What do you feel about the fire and what do you think happened?”
Now, this tiny man was burnt from his torso and was really in shock and at the time the camera was panning towards him a few people were carrying him to the ambulance. But the moment the reporter jumps onto them, the persons stop to adjust themselves to the camera and even hold the injured up so that he appears completely to the camera.
And that’s not the end. The reporter does not leave the person till he gets his response and even stalls the injured from going away to use him as a background to shoot off his live coverage of the tragedy at the site and very eloquently goes onto bash the concerned authorities for their total failure in taking control of the situation.
Man, if this is true journalism, then it’s a total failure of the real purpose and motive behind bringing real stories to people.