Archive for November 29th, 2010

‘Credibility is like virginity and it has been lost’

29 November 2010

The veteran journalist, columnist and author Kuldip Nayar in The Sunday Guardian:

“Credibility is like virginity. It exists or it does not. Unfortunately, some top names in Indian journalism have lost their credibility…. They behaved like power brokers and crossed the Lakshman rekha between legitimate news gathering and lobbying. It is like the fence eating the crop.

“How they will extricate themselves from the mire is difficult to say. The sad part is that they have brought a bad name to the profession. Politicians are jubilant because they can now say, ‘Physician, heal thyself’…. With what face can the profession point a finger at those who are found wanting in integrity?”

Read the full column: When journalists turn brokers

Also read: Hindu and HT were the worst offenders in 1975

External reading: The Niira Radia tapes and transcripts

How to get tomorrow’s news today: an example

29 November 2010

The Indian Express, Ramnath Goenka‘s bludgeon that once drove fear through the hearts of the high and mighty, the corrupt and the crooked, has emerged as a key player in drumming up the defence for Ratan Tata, the chairman of Tata Sons, whose conversations with the group’s chief lobbyist Niira Radia, revealed by Outlook* and Open magazines, have put the Tatas’ clean image under a question mark.

The paper’s editor-in-chief Shekhar Gupta did a deferential “Walk the Talk” show with Tata sitting in a hotel room in Bombay, an episode that was played endlessly on NDTV 24×7 and NDTV Profit on Sunday, besides giving the interview a two-page spread in the Express (to be continued tomorrow).

On its website, the paper reports that the battered Ratan Tata has moved the Supreme Court against the leak and unauthorised publication of tapes of his conversation, citing right to privacy.

The time the Express report was posted online: 3.20 am.

The time the Supreme Court of India opens: 10.30 am.

* Disclosures apply

Also read: Has Ratan Tata ruined the Tatas’ brand image?

External reading: The Niira Radia tapes and transcripts

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