Friday, October 20, 2006

Core values and Quality standards of CBCNN

CBCNN has on several occassions proclaimed its high standards of journalism. Evaluating the 125 years of its existence here, CBCNN says:
Over the decades, The Hindu has been striving to continuously uphold and practice the highest standards in journalism. It has tried unwaveringly to adhere to the core journalistic values, of pursuit of truth without fear or favour, fairness, objectivity, authenticity, independence and a sense of balance.

The Hindu's independent editorial stand and its reliable and balanced presentation of news have won for it the serious attention and regard of the discriminating sections of the people over the years. The tradition of The Hindu, built over 125 years, is the tradition of dependability. Its national perceptive and outlook have made it a national institution spanning several generations. A leading commentator even described it as "a national voice with a southern accent".

Compare this with what old, long-time readers say.
The common thread in many of these messages is that The Hindu is partisan and prejudiced. Some of the points they make are:

The paper has turned into an ideological document; there is disproportionate coverage to CPI(M) Polit Bureau members wherever they speak; a mindset prejudiced against all right-wing people; obsession for Muslims and their welfare; an anti-American bias. The demand is made that the paper should present "both sides of the ideological coin so that the readers would decide the merits and demerits of the issue." While conceding the paper's "entitlement to have its own ideology, prejudices, biases, etc.," a reader says it cannot have "pretensions of adherence to core values."

CBCNN made no attempt to contradict these statements by old, long-time readers. No more comments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Great blog. I have a few comments. Naxal Ram makes money from his capitalist venture, The Hindu. Why isn't he donating the profits of The Hindu group to the self-proclaimed representativeof the proletarians, ie, the CPIM? Moreover, why is that the editor of The Hindu should always come Naxal Ram's Iyengar family?

axal Ram may be a marxist lunatic, but he has accomplished the impossible. He is both a capitalist and a communaist. Both a casteist and a secularist.