‘Superciliousness reigns our mainstream media’

via H.Balakrishnan published on February 3, 2007





The Edit “Team Rajnath”-(TNIE-31 JAN),”Insecure Rajnath nibbles at Modi’s base” and “Big Brother’s dimming shadow” (TNIE- 03 FEB),jointly represent the ‘theatre of the absurd’ of the ‘secular’ Fourth Estate!!


One wonders at this “Obsessive Compulsive Disorder” of the mainstream media when it comes to the happenings within the BJP.One is hard put to recall an occassion of media obsession over who gets appointed to the  Congress Working Committee or whatever they call it these days. The very fact that we rarely hear about CWC or its post-Sonia re-incarnate speaks volumes about how the rest of the Congress Party Organization  pales into irrelevance in deference to the “Our Lady of Renunciation” show the Congress has been reduced to!!!!


Again when was the last time one saw the media obsess over how Prakash Karat grabbed the top spot in the CPI-M edging over Sitaram Yechury or some of the grass roots leaders from Bengal or Kerala who have really been responsible for keeping the communists in business. The absolute silence on the intrigues of the CPI-M that go on in smoke filled rooms is testimony to how closed the CPI-M party organization is to outside scrutiny and how irrelevant these intra-party intrigues are to the politics of the CPI-M.


So what we have is a media starved of political masala to fill up the gossip columns and manufacture sensational headlines. And to this sensation famished media the openness and the first among equals tussle within the BJP is ready fodder. It is no longer about the substance of issues which if the media had really cared would have invited debate on Sonia’s equating of Strategy with Compulsions. Instead all we have is nit picking on just about anything about the BJP.


Any wonder then a well known author and respected Editor of yesteryears had written that ‘superciliousness is the reigning ideology of today’s Mainstream Media’. HOW VERY TRUE!!



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