Category: Media

Pet names and media

Recently I watched a news item on CNN. It showed presidential candidates calling one another by first names. Rudolf Giuliani said “Mitt”. There was a comment that Mitt Romney is Willard Milton Romney. He has dropped Willard from his name. Mitt stands for Milton.

Media should avoid using pet names. Proper names like William, James, Richard should be used and not Bill, Jimmy, Dick. Sometimes people think pet names are names and name their children after them.

Some leaders who should be referred by name:

1) Richard Cheney

2) Anthony Blair

3) William Clinton

4) James Carter

5) Robert Dole

Sting operations are out of control

A recent report about a teacher of a school in Delhi luring ex-students into prostitution telecast on an unheard and not much known TV channel, led to riots, the teacher, Uma Khurana, being beaten up and destruction of cars and other property. Uma Khurana was arrested and lost her job. This report proved to be fabricated. It was revealed that an acquaintance of Uma Khurana wanted revenge and plotted the scheme. The reporter went along. A journalist acted the role of an ex-student.
Delhi High Court issued notices to Delhi government and police. The reporter was arrested. The CEO of the channel blamed the reporter but held Uma Khurana to be guilty. The CEO and journalist should be arrested too.
Who will make up for the loss of reputation and property? TV channel should be made to pay for both. Some students had said Uma Khurana made them uneasy. They could have been manipulated.
Sting operations get TRPs for channels. All means are employed for entrapment. Impersonation, bribery, cheating, misrepresentation of facts, criminal breach of trust and other crimes are committed. One channel ran two episodes of Bollywood casting couch. The series was discontinued after one person of that channel was summoned by a leader of a political party. Most of the sting operations are on prostitution, call girls, nude dances etc. Very few sting operations were on corruption and other misdemeanours.
Character assassination is not allowed. TV channels that cause loss of reputation and property must be made to pay for them. They should not be allowed to get away with the excuse that reporters did a bad job.
Mobs that go on rampage must also be firmly dealt with. People do not have a right to beat others and damage property.

BMC elections

BMC election results were a shock for Congress. It refused an alliance with NCP which was ready to contest 65 seats out of 227. Priya Dutt was not consulted. Govinda was upset that his candidates were not given tickets and did not campaign. The leaders who predicted victory for Congress were proved wrong. Chhagan Bhujbal of NCP said the defeat was expected and they wanted an alliance but Congress did not agree.

Raj Thackeray’s Maharashtra Navnirman Sena did not make much headway.

National leaders campaigned in BMC elections. TV channels had opinion polls.