Is it just me or does anyone think that our news channels are on a free-fall towards absolute deterioration? The recent saga of Rahul Mahajan’s drugs (or whatever it was he had) escapade is another example of the bottoming out of Indian news channels.
First and foremost, who cares a rat’s ass about what is happening to a non-entity, whose only claim to fame is he is a politician’s son? But, NDTV, IBN et al apparently think this makes for a good ‘exclusive’. Over the last four days, there have been sickening amounts of ‘Breaking News’es and ‘Just In’s, every hour all the hours. Even if he was poisoned, it should have been restricted to those ‘sensational’ Crime Diary snippets on Star News, not mainstream news channels.
Think about it, the entire episode went something like this – Man meets up with friends, has a couple of drinks, wants to snort too, ODs and is admitted to the hospital. For crying out loud, that is Friday night for many people. Why drag and beat it to death, to make a news item out of it?
The thing to actually be noted is the transmogrification of news channels into a senstional, televised tabloid that seeks and breeds on lurid topics. There could be two reasons for this change. One, these TV stations do not have the journalistic capabilities to seek out news stories that actually matter and empower the viewers with that information. Two, there is actually an audience, and a substantial number at that, that would much rather watch and hear the sensational than the useful. We still have print media that inform, question and provoke the reader – Indian Express, for example. My suspicion, therefore, is that it is the former of the two which holds true.