25 October, 2020

Justice Markandey Katju

I believe my random thoughts will be something that generations of future journalists will profit from. A sampling

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Justice Markandey Katju
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Ever since I took over as Press Council chairman in October, I have been closely monitoring the print and TV media and now of course the internet. Now my views on journalists and their limited and narrow intellectual capabilities are well-known. But what is still not in the public domain are the things I scribble on my scratch pad in office to while away time. Of course, these notings have to largely do with my friends in the press and their love for sensationalism and trivia. As W.H. Auden once put it, “What the mass media offers is not popular art, but entertainment which is intended to be consumed like food, forgotten, and replaced by a new dish.” Anyway, I believe my random thoughts will be something that generations of future journalists will profit from. So here’s a sampling:

De-press: Scribes who print sob stories of filmstars who fall in and out of love or forget where they have parked their car. Some of these ‘depressing’ category of stories also have to do with corruption in...

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