ManifesTOI is good but what about manifestation of media
Through write ups like ManifesTOI the popular media is manifesting its own original avatar as fourth estate deviating from its yellow journalism, scandal mongering mania, gossip garnering games, biased reporting and irresponsible cover ups. True to its original avatar it covered a very wide range of activities pertaining to governance. But to sustain such qualitatively superb status media needs to do self introspection as a part of journalistic manifesto while it sits on its assumed high pedestal passing opinions and judgments on every issue ,individual and institution as the know all and judge all umpire.
Media must remain as an unbiased umpire. Instead if it gets into match fixing then it will get into trouble. It created a baby called AAP which is now targeting the parents because they have stopped pampering its tantrums. Media cannot distort nor blindly reproduce distorted versions and mutilate the denotations and connotations of words to please some sections as most of the Indian media do like their selective and distorted use of terms like secularism, inclusive growth, communalism etc.
For example in today’s news items itself there is a news item about many poor kidnapped girls from Megalaya rescued and handed over to their parents. All newspapers mention it as ‘children rescued from a NGO in Krishnagiri’. Why can’t they publish the name of the NGO? What amount did the media get? Or who is preventing the media from publishing the name of the NGO? When media adopts these double standards and makes reports like members belonging to a particular community, learnt from reliable or a certain source etc be assured that popular media will get its burial sooner or later because correct information and truth leak through and linger on in social networks and the myriad other ubiquitous internet sources with more authentic proofs. If the newspapers do not mention the name of the NGO then the public know that it is not any Hindu or nationalistic NGO but a foreign funded NGO.
Laity and local people now have their own lexicon for media’s mutilated versions.
Media personalities at all levels would do well to remember these two quotes always .
"We can evade reality, but we cannot evade the consequences of evading reality." by Ayn Rand and “Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passion, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence.” by John Adams.