No news these days hold in veracity. So, we mango people just see what media wants us to show. Truthfulness of a journalist’s ink is lost.

Newspapers are unable, seemingly, to discriminate between a bicycle accident and the collapse of civilization. – George Bernard Shaw
&“I believe in equality for everyone, except reporters and photographers.”
― Mahatma GandhiReaders may wonder why this sudden affinity for derogatory quotations about journalists. Well, I must admit I was prompted into this mood after reading Karan Thapar’s column in the Hindustan Times sometime ago where he devoted the entire space to cynical quotes about politicians. As the piece was eminently readable,I was inspired to follow my fellow Cantabrian’s example and try and recall as many noteworthy quotations about journalists as the space would allow.

There was another trigger which left me feeling somewhat annoyed which I shall elaborate later.

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But let us move on to notable thoughts from the noteworthy about journalists!

Karl Kraus the eminent Austrian author came up with a gem! –

How is the world ruled and led to war? Diplomats lie to journalists and believe these lies when they see them in print!

And how about this which I have used on multiple occasions:

“The most truthful part of a newspaper is the advertisements.”
― Thomas Jefferson

Perhaps this insight coming from Graham Greene may help us revise our views:

A petty reason perhaps why novelists more and more try to keep a distance from journalists is that novelists are trying to write the truth and journalists are trying to write fiction.
(I have used this elsewhere in a different column!)

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In consonance with this is Aneuran Bevan’s very famous remark:

I read the newspaper avidly. It is my one form of continuous fiction.

How can I ever forget the philosopher,economist and diplomat Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s remark in the Senate-

If the newspapers of a country are filled with good news, the gaols of that country will be filled with good people.

I shall  just make mention of the sobering thoughts coming from the very young Christiane Amanpour:

Here in the United States, our profession is much maligned, people simply don’t trust or like journalists anymore and that’s sad.

Unfortunately to a large extent that holds true for India as well!

 Now to the other reason why I feel very let down by the Indian media!
People may have noted the press conference  Sushil Shinde conducted sometime back. When asked about the ‘Coalgate’ scandal he very non-chalantly dismissed it as a non-event which people would forget like they forgot Bofors!!
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The statement itself was infuriatingly staggering-what made it worse was the attitude of the entire media personnel present there; they simply did not show any inclination to even question Shinde on this outrage and let alone grill him on that!
 Should we allow this to pass! I wait for feedback from the readers!
By Ashoka Jahnavi Prasad
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