The two faces of the media

Tackling Hindu and Islamic terror the media way, an opinion piece by Padmaja Shaw, is a scathing and brutal look at the Indian media’s reaction to the recent violence in India.

The point of this argument is, can violence that takes lives, destroys communities, and terrorises people be treated differently because different groups are involved? Is there something like our own groups perpetrating ‘righteous violence’ and others indulging in ‘mindless terrorism’? Are the media houses so ‘invertebrate’ that they cannot stand up to the reality of a fascist party systematically coloring all its planned communal misadventures as spontaneous public response?

A terrific opinion piece that you really should read.

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4 thoughts on “The two faces of the media

  1. >>Are the media houses so ‘invertebrate’ that they cannot stand up to the reality of a fascist party systematically coloring all its planned communal misadventures as spontaneous public response?

    This is a bit rich. An article in a newspaper that endorses a fascist ideology accusing others of being fascist.

    As is well known, The Hindu is the unofficial CPIM mouthpiece. It is the only newspaper (other than Chinese newspapers) that routinely abuses Dalai Llama — why? Because he is an “enemy” of “communist” China.

    And communism is documented to have killed more people than the Nazis and fascists did. 80 million, according to “The Blackbook of Communism”. There are great books written detailing how communism and nazism/fascism are the opposite sides of the same coin. A good example is “The faces of Janus: Marxism and Fascism in 20th century”.

    Is Padmaja Shaw even remotely aware that the fascist CPIM very recently murdered several innocent people in Nandigram? That the party bosses justified this massacre as “spontaneous reaction” , as one of victims “getting paid back in their own coin”? Leftwingers are, in a sense, funny. They are completely oblivious to how alike they are to the ogres they manufacture.

  2. Mohan: I read the article on The Hoot, so I wasn’t aware that it was originally published in The Hindu. Did you read there? I also wasn’t aware that Padmaja Shaw is a left-winger. Where did you get that information from?

    Anyway, what you’re talking about is how communism is bad and how left-wingers allegedly behave. You’re attacking the newspaper that published the article and the journalist who wrote it, but you don’t have anything to say regarding the article itself.

    If you have concerns regarding The Hindu’s coverage of the Dalai Lama or any other coverage, you should write to their ombudsman and voice your concerns. I don’t subscribe to The Hindu or read it regularly so I can’t say I know much about their coverage.

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