Wednesday, July 12, 2006

CNN-IBN: A little more sensitivity please

A few bloggers - notably Gaurav and Amit - have commented on Rajdeep Sardesai's tasteless trumpet-blowing during CNN-IBN's coverage of the Mumbai blasts. It seems that in the rush for eyeballs and advertising revenue, anything goes. The bigger the tragedy, the better, basic human values - empathy, humility and decency - be damned. It boils my blood to see callow reporters barely out of college going up to grieving family members and thrusting a mike into their faces, demanding an answer to "Aapke pati/bachche is durghatna ke shikar ho gaye, aapko kaisa lag raha hai?" When however experienced journalists do pretty much the same thing, it is a sad commentary on the state of our "fearless and fiercely independent" media. Should not sensitivity training be mandatory for journalists who cover these beats? But I guess that's too much to ask for, given that the majority of them seem unable to articulate themselves in English and/or Hindi!

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