Print media has a responsibility in reporting what is right. However, it has got beguiled by the prospect of a sensational headline, it can be all too easy for a reporter or editor to give publicity to a story when they suspect or indeed know that it comes from an unreliable source. Reporting every false statement ends up rewarding lies with publicity.
2 Feb, 2011
In the below mentioned articles on His Divine Holiness Paramahamsa Nithyananda, two major print media giants, The Hindu and The Times of India presents the same story in a different way. Clearly this has exposed the blatant existence of unethical reporting in print media.
In hindsight, orchestrated attack on Paramahamsa Nithyananda and his ashram carried out by the mass media, cannot help stating that our print and electronic media are capable of colluding together to manufacture salacious “pseudo-events”. The common prefix “pseudo” comes from the Greek word meaning false or intended to deceive. The conspiracy for defamation of Paramahamsa Nithyananda by the mass media is in subterranean collusion with many national and Illuminati of international anti-Hindu forces.
Media is often hailed as the fourth pillar of democracy. The pillar expected to play a constructive role in strengthening democratic values. If you’re a student of Indian history, you’d know a lot of Indian publications played a great role in social upliftment and freedom struggle. However, long gone are the days of reformers, thinkers and idealists heading publications with social welfare and awareness as guiding principals. Now a days media is owned by big businesses, corporate houses, politicians and shady characters. It’s the only pillar of democracy that is mostly run by private businesses and yet expected to adhere to ideals of a neutral, fair and unbiased view on issues concerning society in general and country in particular. Going by what Indian media represents today, there shouldn’t be any doubt, it has begun to rot from the inside. Profits and selfish leanings have taken priority over ideals and overall good of society.