This is a tale of two distinct events: One staged by the common citizen, the other by our VVIPs. The ‘Not in My Name’ protests were held in several cities by a few thousand people, braving the heat of Delhi and the rains in Mumbai and Bengaluru to show solidarity with victims of hate violence. There were no elaborate rituals, no full page newspaper ads, no glitzy stage, no lal batti cars and no ‘don’t you know who I am’ attendees.
Targeting news channels has become shooting practice, even a business model for some. Politicians abuse us, social media outrages against us, even media watchdog sites love to hang anchors out to dry. Truth is, for television news journalism, these are the best and worst of times. We are still a first information report for news, but also increasingly seen as non-credible. We have seen both sides of the multi-headed ‘monster’ that 24x7 news TV has become in the last week: There is a face of TV news which is ugly, one which can be beneficial.