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Should journalists be mere mouthpieces?

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Like a Hollywood studio production line, doomsday scripts are deluging us. But as we know scripts can be scary; they need not necessarily be true.

In the search for a good story we cannot cross the boundaries of grace and indeed, of truth. Far too often these days the truth is becoming too large, too inconvenient, a burden to carry. Quotes are tampered with, conclusions need not derive from facts. And news anchors routinely shout down guests who dare to have an opinion different from the one that the channel seeks to propagate.

News anchors must learn that aggression is a state of mind, they are yet to recognize that it is not a moment to show off the range of expletives you possess. As Gandhiji said, ‘In a gentle way you can shake the world’.

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A news channel by its very nomenclature, tells the ‘news’. It doesn’t gossip, it can’t clothe conspiracy theories in holier garb because once it does so it no longer has the moral right to claim to be the ‘news’. It worries me as well that more and more young men and women are getting obsessed with reporting what happens off the field rather than on it. Should journalists be mere mouthpieces?

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