Is it my imagination or are television anchors becoming increasingly ambivalent in their attitudes to Anna Hazare and his movement? Read more
It is common, these days, to hear people complaining about the media’s tendency to go on and on about a story. There is too much overkill, we are told. There is too much self-righteous indignation and outrage. Read more
Why do you suppose Shashi Tharoor lurches from controversy to controversy? Some of it, I am prepared to concede, has to do with his unfamiliarity with the Indian political idiom. Read more
There’s been a lot in the media about the buying and selling of editorial space recently. And certainly, the concern is justified. At the last election, TV channels and regional newspapers accepted large sums of money from politicians and political parties to feature them in the news pages. Read more
Do the media waste too much time trying to be kind to the dead? If you go by the way in which Indira Gandhi has been treated by the mainstream English press and TV channels, then probably not.
By and large, the treatment accorded to the 25th anniversary of Mrs Gandhi’s death was fair and largely free from mawkish tributes. Read more