Media-politician relationship is an uneven one

Lokmat Media Editor-in-Chief Vijay Darda’s book, ‘Straight Thoughts’, was launched amid a lively debate on the relationship between media and politicians

e4m by Abid Hasan
Updated: May 21, 2012 7:53 PM
Media-politician relationship is an uneven one

“A journalist cannot be a friend of a politician, but cannot afford to be an enemy too”, thus remarked Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN & IBN-Lokmat. The discussion was on ‘Relationship between media and politicians’.

Arun Jaitley, MP, added here, “Today, I get the feeling that many journalists are aspiring politicians. We politicians have a lot of things to discuss and we reach out to the masses via the media. I think our relationship is an uneven relationship.”

Meanwhile, when asked why the Congress party did not interact with the media on a regular basis, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar admitted that despite having 18 spokespersons, the Congress party did not interact with the media much. He further said that the worst thing to have ever happened to democracy was putting the television camera inside the Parliament hall as “media does not show the good part of Parliament, when some constructive discussions are on. It is only when someone shouts or there are scuffles does it make it to the news.”

Agreeing with Aiyar, Sitaram Yechuri, MP, said, “It is very unfortunate how television channels are showing news nowadays; man biting dog is still news.”

The media-politician relationship came up for discussion during the launch function of Lokmat Media Editor-in-Chief Vijay Darda’s book, ‘Straight Thoughts’. Speaking at the launch, Darda said, “This book is a collection of selected articles that have been published in Lokmat. The book consists of all the burning issues of India concerning societies, cultures, economics and politics.”

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