Needless Sensationalism

Spin by the media is not exactly new. But it simply crosses the line when you have serious issue like the murder of Pakistan Cricket Coach, Bob Woolmer. Check out these two news reports, one on the Cricket website and the other on Times of India website, both on the same topic. The cricket site report is restrained as it should be and reports that the investigators have made significant progress. The TOI reports on the other hand are supposedly based on a report in the Independent. The TOI reports that the killer has been identified! The independent goes on to add its own piece of a “masala” with a needless comment, “Police declined to comment on the identity of the suspect, understood to be male, or say whether he is a member of the Pakistan team or management”. And the TOI promptly picked up this piece of masala to say “According to The Independent , the suspect is a male but the police have declined to comment if he is a member of the Pakistan team or the management.”

Why on earth would the police comment on a query like that? Isn’t the media implicitly accusing the Pakistan team by asking such queries?

Author: Pran Kurup

Pran Kurup is founder and CEO of Vitalect, Inc.

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