Is Media really Fair and Balanced ?
The big question and the watchword – Is the media really “fair” is what is pondering amongst many. Is it the perception – whether correct or incorrect – that television, print and online content – particularly journalism – lacks objectivity and either consciously or unconsciously skews to favour a particular ideology, agenda, or point of view – whether political or otherwise? The press is usually thought of as a unified voice with a distinct bias – however, deeper insight is critical into understanding why media bias is, what it is today beyond being a buzz phrase.
It is perhaps unlikely that true objectivity is possible given the inherently subjective nature of human perception and experience. Facts are facts, and although they can be used selectively and manipulated to support a certain ideological point of view, the truth is ultimately what a good journalist seeks, or at least a fair array of facts which allows the consumer of the news report to come to his or her own conclusion as to what the truth is.
A number of questions may be used to determine whether media bias truly exists in any given news story. To quote a few examples:
- What is the speaker’s socio-political position? With what social, political, or professional groups is the speaker identified ?
- Does the speaker have anything to gain personally from delivering the message ?
- How does the speaker present arguments? Is the message one-sided, or does it include alternative points of view ? And the likes…
Once of the recent examples could be the alleged “exposure” of Hindu saints which has been targeted by the media covering a wide variety of charges ranging from rape to land grabbing to looting and the list seems to be endless. Other interesting point to note is that it is not one or two but many Hindu saints have been targeted during the years with intent to malign their public image. Repeated Broadcast of this kind of NEWS clearly shows that there is a gruesome plan in place targeted for a specific segment of the society. Some of the common questions which may arise:-
- If the killing of Black Goats in the name of Goddess Kali is punishable offence in India, then, how can the Govt permit Muslims to kill Goats during Bakri-eid ? Why is media not raising this concern ?
- There were so many rape cases registered against the so called FATHERS OF CHURCHES in KERALA, but Media never talks about them – why so ? And many more….
There are many questions like these which clearly marks that Indian media industry is biased and is being controlled by few economically sound financiers with an ulterior motive against Hindu saints and Hinduism. This could also be a reflection of biased reporting which in turn could be a by-product of the political motives. Whatever is the reason, it is fair to say that: “Hindu Saints are far more likely to be arrested or tortured than any other religious group in India.”
“Something needs to be done about media reporting – we shouldn’t continue to see this kind of staggering disparity wherever we look. What is the role of a journalist? It’s to be the eyes and ears. There’s a reason this profession is explicitly protected by the Constitution — because they’re the check and balance on power, the eyes and ears. And when the eyes and ears are closed, it’s very dangerous for a democratic society” says Ms. Archana Singh.
Ms. Archana Singh calls the recent comparison of an innocent saint – Shri Asharamji Bapu and supposed saint Baba Rampal very disappointing and says the media should have been trained better.” Click Here to read Full Article. It is no shock to anybody that journalists nowadays broadcast either news which is politically and economically motivated or the NEWS which will bring them more TRP.