The news channels in India have been falling over each other to give us updates about Pramod Mahajan’s condition. The channels keep updating their news bar (whatever you call that thing at the bottom) every few minutes. The Hoot takes apart the coverage in Those Dumb Questions:
A man is fighting for his life, but that doesn’t stop him becoming fodder for the soundbite brigade. The coverage of Pramod Mahajan being shot by his brother Pravin provided ample examples of the typical senselessness of questions being asked by television news reporters and some wonderful examples of their being snubbed.
That was the introduction to the piece, here’s a snip.
Another reporter asked, “what made Pravin shoot his elder brother. “I never said he shot. Did I say that?” the lawyer, who had constantly been saying “whatever would have happened” (wahan jo bhi hua hoga). But the cake was taken by a reporter who asked the lawyer about the exact sequence of events that led to the shooting and afterwards. “I don’t know. I wasn’t there when it happened. I was at home, sleeping,” was the lawyer’s deadpan reply.