I was wondering what to write, was searching for subject to write an article about. I went to facebook, the best hangout place and read a status by one of my college friend. “A fortnight ago all the news channels were like ‘ We are the first one to expose Gadkari ‘…and now they are saying that Anti-Gadkari campaign was started by Modi because Gadkari was coming in his way to the centre…( all this despite Gadkari has already sidelined himself from the race to become the PM )Clear manifestation of paid journalism and HEIGHTS OF INSANITY !!” And hence the topic for the discussion was found. Indian Media 2: Paid Journalism.
We all know everything and everyone in this world is about money. It is one of the most influential things when it comes to decision making. If intersection of the dreams of all the human being is to be taken then money will be one of the things as the answer for sure. The last thing we would have wanted to get corrupted was journalism. Media plays an essential role in building an opinion. They should be entity providing facts and figures and let people judge what is true and what is false. Let people have their own opinion over the matter. But in case of modern media, the core of the journalism is lost and has resulted into business. Previously we had seen education becoming booming business in India (theme of Revolution 2020, by Chetan Bhagat). The latest to join the league is media.
In ideal situation, primetime shows were supposed to have a debate on stories that might concern indigenous, asking people at the top of the pyramid to have their opinion about it. The anchor was supposed to provide the facts and figures to determine the intensity of the topic being debated. And let people decide which step is ideal and hence to be taken. But what happens in India is, anchor comes with premeditated mind, and takes the debate in the direction he wants. Any naysayer can conclude that the anchor was biased towards particular propaganda and hence the dialectical talk was nothing but an effort to support his views. The shocking part here is, the media houses are owned by politicians and hence it is quite obvious that their anchor’s view inclines with their owner’s political party’s views.
The protagonist of the story is TRP (Television Ration Point). In case of tv serials or commercials, importance of TRP can be understood but for media, its bizarre. It creates the competition which we are better off with. Episode of Nirmal Baba purchasing television space to propagate his superstition is recent to join the series of experiments news channel has executed to increase their TRPs. No doubt the TV space was purchased but that does not mean they promote such superstition. It questions the root of media, the credibility of media.
The exponential growth in number of news channel in India itself suggests huge pool of money, many of which are owned by politicians. For politicians, it is win-win situation. This is perfect business model for them to dispose their black money and also a platform to have forced opinion by their puppets-anchors. On number of news channel, Subhash Chandra, chairperson of Zee Entertainment Enterprises and promoter of Essel Group that there was no room for so many news channels, and that there would be correction in the industry soon.
Recently Jindal group of steel sued Zee over corruption. Naveen Jindal accused them for asking money for not showing story of their organizations involvement in the Coal scam.
Not only Indian media, the biased nature of media is associated with western world too. Wikileaks has provided enough evidence that has shown the truth behind the Afghan war diaries, the Iraq war logs and Cable-gate. What was previously broadcast was biased truth, serving western countries propaganda.
The answer to all is internet which provides uninhibited, uncensored, and unbiased information. It has made everyone journalist. Julian Assange founder of wikileaks has taken this to a new level. Attempts are being made to regulate internet too, which is an attempt to snatch the freedom of speech from common man. It should be seen as vicious attempt by people at the top of the pyramid to loot people. If the bill to regulate internet get passed through parliament, that will be the end to the freedom of common man. And India should not be called as democratic country anymore.