This is not something I have not already written about on my blog, or this topic is not even something that we, as viewers are unaware of. Then why am I bringing it up again? Because no matter how much we are aware of what the Indian Media is up to, the presstitutes make sure they reach a new low every day.
I have given up on news channels long back but my Mom tries to update herself every now and then by turning to a 24/7 news channel. There is still a generation that depends on Television News to deliver information to them as unfortunately, they neither can Google news and learn about the happenings around the world nor can they check Facebook to know what people are actively participating in these days. The latest “Breaking News” is Bhabiji Ghar Par Hai’s Shilpa Shinde’s case. As soon as the production house of the show and CINTAA joined hands, the way media changed the tone of news and subtly started convincing people that the one we should blame in the case is the actress is awful. From delivering a simple, plain story of the actress quitting the show to the media openly blaming the actress was not at all expected.
This took me back to the Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal’s days. Remember, how the media all of a sudden turned its back on Congress? Congress was suddenly turned into a villain. No, do not misunderstand me. I am not a Congress supporter but my point is where was this same media when the corruption was taking place all these years? Ohh yes, I forgot, the opposition might not have bribed them at that time. They started feeding the media when the elections came near and they had the body of work to promote themselves. A greener pasture of land and two happy bribed faces? I still remember how while other channels supported BJP and Mr. Modi, there was a channel that actually visited Gujarat and showed what the state’s real condition is. The story ran for a day or two and then vanished into thin air. Going back to the Anna Hazare and Mr. Kejriwal era… There were emails being circulated in the duo’s favor. As Congress was in power at that time, Anna and Kejriwal were heroes, common men who were fighting with corruption. Media was going gaga over them. They were not lesser than Gods. And then? A twist in the tale… BJP came into the limelight out of the blue.
When Arvind Kejriwal declared his own party, suddenly the world’s most compassionate, intelligent, selfless and patriotic people became dumbass and selfish. The media found a political agenda in the movement. As soon as the other leading party got a competitor who was stronger than them, the media was bribed to once again make people believe that the ones they were considering Gods are actually brainless demons who will do nothing more than turn their paradise upside down? If they were brainless since beginning and as made to believe if Anna Hazare was influenced by Kejriwal, why did media support them since the very beginning? Worshipping the rising sun, Indian Media?
Then a few months back, Hema Malini’s accident case was doing a round in the media where the actress’ speeding Mercedes dashed into a Maruti Alto in which a four-year-old was killed. For a while, it looked like media is finally fighting for justice. The last update on the TV channels about the news was that the family will now be thrown out of the hospital as they had no money to continue further treatment. Being a BJP MP and a wealthy individual who was also an alleged culprit in the case, the lady denied helping the family. The news which the media was devotedly following abruptly stopped.
Is it that the media brings the negative side of celebrities or politicians into light just to demand money and turn the tables for them by changing the angle of the story? Is influencing viewers so easy that the media is changing sides so frequently? In case, their reporters also get the news from unreliable sources and they are as clueless about the issues that they are showing on their channels as the common man is, don’t you think they should hire better staff?
It looks like India Media has completely forgotten the Journalism ethics and will always try its best to influence public opinion. Unfortunately, public voice is no more public’s.