How do you feel when ur dying?

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.

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14 thoughts on “How do you feel when ur dying?”

  1. True journalism went into the grave long back. The Times of India exemplifies the state of journalism today. Fortunately, we have some like The Hindu which have stuck to their ideals.

  2. True journalism went into the grave long back. The Times of India exemplifies the state of journalism today. Fortunately, we have some like The Hindu which have stuck to their ideals.

  3. I disagree. Dangerous journalism?? Why do you say that?

    I’ve been reading it from a long time but I havent seen any explicit bias except for a minor pro-Communist/anti-liberalization bias. I do agree if you say if it has a minor bias but I disagree with “bloody biased” 😉 Not at all. The writing is largely disinterested and mature.

    Minus the minor bias, The Hindu is an example of quality journalism, as opposed to circulation oriented journalism, which is a dangerous brand being practiced by many popular newspapers today.

  4. I disagree. Dangerous journalism?? Why do you say that?

    I’ve been reading it from a long time but I havent seen any explicit bias except for a minor pro-Communist/anti-liberalization bias. I do agree if you say if it has a minor bias but I disagree with “bloody biased” 😉 Not at all. The writing is largely disinterested and mature.

    Minus the minor bias, The Hindu is an example of quality journalism, as opposed to circulation oriented journalism, which is a dangerous brand being practiced by many popular newspapers today.

  5. @Chaitu: Please. The Hindu is the worst of the types that i have ever read. Yes, there are no typo’s and the language is flowery but its bloody biased. Its filthy under the guise of principals and morals. Its commi and shit.

    Sorry mate. I can stand idiotic journalism but not dangerous journalism.

    Subscribe to Tehelka.com if you can or read whatever free articles you can get from them. Thats true and real journalism.

  6. @Chaitu: Please. The Hindu is the worst of the types that i have ever read. Yes, there are no typo’s and the language is flowery but its bloody biased. Its filthy under the guise of principals and morals. Its commi and shit.

    Sorry mate. I can stand idiotic journalism but not dangerous journalism.

    Subscribe to Tehelka.com if you can or read whatever free articles you can get from them. Thats true and real journalism.

  7. Agreed that The Hindu does the former but it also does the latter giving it equal weight. The editorial mindset might be a little closeminded but the paper does allow open debate. Look at the variegated letters that the editor receives. All viewpoints are published. We must also appreciate the fact that The Hindu appointed the first ever Reader’s Editor in the history of Indian journalism, which shows their dedication to quality journalism.

    In any case, I prefer The Hindu to other papers like TOI or HT. I believe most other papers have commercial ambitions. Compare that to the ideology of The Hindu. I choose the latter because I need not become a follower of that particular bias or ideology. I can still make my own independant opinions based on the authentic, disinterested and relevant information (atleast) that is published in it. After all, the editorial itself is an opinion of one man. It need not become the opinion of all its readers.

    Aaand by the way, they published your “name, thoughts, articles or views on more that 4 occassions”? Kab?

  8. Agreed that The Hindu does the former but it also does the latter giving it equal weight. The editorial mindset might be a little closeminded but the paper does allow open debate. Look at the variegated letters that the editor receives. All viewpoints are published. We must also appreciate the fact that The Hindu appointed the first ever Reader’s Editor in the history of Indian journalism, which shows their dedication to quality journalism.

    In any case, I prefer The Hindu to other papers like TOI or HT. I believe most other papers have commercial ambitions. Compare that to the ideology of The Hindu. I choose the latter because I need not become a follower of that particular bias or ideology. I can still make my own independant opinions based on the authentic, disinterested and relevant information (atleast) that is published in it. After all, the editorial itself is an opinion of one man. It need not become the opinion of all its readers.

    Aaand by the way, they published your “name, thoughts, articles or views on more that 4 occassions”? Kab?

  9. If a person is subtly tuned to a particular ideology over a period of time without his knowledge because it is fed to him with no pomp or noise, it tends to create a mindset that is heard to change.

    In contrast, if various ideologies are put before him with equal frevor, he/she can choose based on the logic of the argument and then take a path that appeals to his senses. Remember, no ideology is less – right or wrong, and its personal and no one has a right to influence it or degrade it.

    My point – Hindu as a paper does the former. I agree its less cluttered and no sleaze but the editorials over the years have been biased and have been harping on the issues that are of ancient times. How long do you think modernization will stand at our doorsteps and wait.

    Hindu as a “group” is still run by the same old commi patronizers who believe anything new is bad. Anything revolutionary is wrong. Read the edition of the day when hindu first tried to change its look abt an yr back.

    Finally – i still hold against the only paper that published my name thoughts, articles or views on more that 4 occassions ~*smirk*~

  10. If a person is subtly tuned to a particular ideology over a period of time without his knowledge because it is fed to him with no pomp or noise, it tends to create a mindset that is heard to change.

    In contrast, if various ideologies are put before him with equal frevor, he/she can choose based on the logic of the argument and then take a path that appeals to his senses. Remember, no ideology is less – right or wrong, and its personal and no one has a right to influence it or degrade it.

    My point – Hindu as a paper does the former. I agree its less cluttered and no sleaze but the editorials over the years have been biased and have been harping on the issues that are of ancient times. How long do you think modernization will stand at our doorsteps and wait.

    Hindu as a “group” is still run by the same old commi patronizers who believe anything new is bad. Anything revolutionary is wrong. Read the edition of the day when hindu first tried to change its look abt an yr back.

    Finally – i still hold against the only paper that published my name thoughts, articles or views on more that 4 occassions ~*smirk*~

  11. @Chaitu: Sorry for ending the argument so abruptly dude, was really busy for a while. Will pick it up soon. 😀

    @Adarsh: Yes we are, just busy wid loads of new stuff happening…

  12. @Chaitu: Sorry for ending the argument so abruptly dude, was really busy for a while. Will pick it up soon. 😀

    @Adarsh: Yes we are, just busy wid loads of new stuff happening…

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