24 September, 2020

Envy And Greed

If our national politics is a ring, with its lions, hippos, elephants and trapeze artists, journalists should be cautious not to fall into the role of providing comic interlude.

Envy And Greed
outlookindia.com
2017-09-23T10:44:49+05:30

The story that is still trending on outlookindia.com as I write this piece is the fight between Republic TV editor-owner Arnab Goswami and India Today TV consulting editor Rajdeep Sardesai. Our readers haven’t had enough of the tamasha that was played out on prime time TV and is still trending on Twitter. I don’t want to discuss the merits of this meritless, hilarious duel between two former colleagues. But the metaphor that comes to mind is that of a circus. If our national politics is a ring, with its lions, hippos, elephants and trapeze artists (there are such magnificent performers), journalists should be cautious not to fall into the role of providing comic interlude. We should wield the mic, not the slapstick. The moment we start slapping the bottoms of our fellow journalists for a few laughs, we become part of the circus, not as chroniclers signing off the first draft of history but as jesters on permanent patronage.

This is a new trend in national journalism. It all started with the fight between two corporate houses and the recording of telephone...

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