30 July, 2021

Prime Time Codswallop

The loudmouths who hold forth on TV talk shows and panel discussions are just as noisy and incomprehensible as their political compatriots.

Prime Time Codswallop
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The monsoon session of Parliament has been washed out by a torrential downpour of personal abuse, screams, sloganeering and threatening mobs crowding around the presiding officers of both the Houses. The news media have had a field day, repeatedly pointing out that reasoned debate has been replaced by shouting matches in which nobody can be heard. Parliamentarians have been universally condemned for their atrocious behaviour. TV news channels have been especially vociferous in denouncing members of Parliament and politicians in general.

In a curious case of self-righteous and self-serving amnesia, the TV moguls have not noticed that their channels have been aping and surpassing the crass antics of legislators. The loudmouths who hold forth on TV talk shows and panel discussions are just as noisy and incomprehensible as their political compatriots. They outshout each other, though there is one caveat. The presiding officers of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha are distinctly patient and noble while vainly attempting to uphold the dignity of Parliament. In stark contrast,...

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