The Journalism of Outrage

After retiring from the Supreme Court, Justice Markandey Katju now heads the Press Council of India, a role that everyone knows is a sinecure.  Nonetheless, he has managed to stir up a controversy by saying nasty things about the competence of Indian journalists. He also wants additional regulations on newspapers.

 We don’t have to agree with his proposed solution to recognize that he is right about the quality of Indian journalism. Take, for example, last week’s outrage of the week.  Apparently, little children are dying in hospitals of West Bengal.

If you read news reports like this, you will “learn” that the “death toll” in the hospitals has reached 45. You will also learn that the Chief Minister has not woken up to the gravity of the crisis,  has parried the questions asked of her, while her minister  of state for health has made light of the crisis. The Governor, you will learn, has taken the government to task on the question.

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