Let me admit I once admired this lady. I would follow her Kargil reports, any story she covered was bound to get that extra attention from me because I thought highly of her, and I was willing to pay attention to her.
But this is getting out of hand. When you refuse to accept criticism, it smacks of megalomania. And that is definitely not acceptable. Especially when the world and its godfather is united in their opinion of the coverage she, along with other news channels provided during 26/11. I spent three days glued to the television set and came away with the feeling that except for Times Now, every other channel was going into hyperdrive.
Yes, I did watch her coverage of 26/11. And I expected more from her, because she is capable of better. But one admits that the situation was such that news reporters were doing their own thing in the absence of any guidelines for reporting. But Dutt is a veteran of reporting live from sensitive situations. One would think she would have better questions to ask people waiting for their loved ones trapped within. With that one question, she lost me completely as an admirer. It was, in retrospect, the moment I realised that reportage is now become carrion vulturism.
Other folks have dissected the action again the Netherland based blogger Kunte better, and I’m linking to The Mad Momma who’s done a more informed post and linked to more protests.
As for me, I’m sad. There are blog sites proliferating all over that are libelious and deragatory. But an innocous post (read it in the cache if you can access it), gets slapped with a legal notice. I have read through the post, and it says nothing that I disagree with. And nothing that hasnt been said before.
What about accepting criticism with grace, and learning from one’s mistakes? And toning down the screeching please. And the next time round know that we the nation are not amused.
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