Thursday, June 12, 2008

Biblical...

I said, I can't do a Pilate and feign ignorance, and doing a Judas would be to say it is all their fault, but I won't do that. I did the story, but things were strange then (almost everyone was more interested in talking about themselves, though there were enough happy faces in Hyderabad) and have become even stranger now. can things change dramatically in six months? Yes. Can surveys, done with the best of intentions, be manipulated? Yes, any survey done by any publication can be manipulated. Heck, several media organisations don't trust the readership surveys done by media coalitions in which they are partners. Or in some cases, pick and choose the results depending on the publication.
Can a disgruntled employee be very cynical? Yes. Happens all the time, doesn't it? Anyway, the company in question has gone into almost near-total lock-down mode, almost like Coke when Sunita Narain blasted them with pesticides. American multinationals can become very nervy when bad news starts leaking out, worse than governments almost.
This is a very interesting read, it is the speech by veteran American anchor Dan Rather given at the National Conference for Media Reform in the US.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

I was referring to the charge that a story was bought...

no one else seems to have read the story(ies) and connected the dots...

I discovered who u were for sure only after connecting the dots...

skylark333 said...

Article by Dan Rather was great. How do you manage to find such stuff amidst all the crap you keep posting here. Dan Rather has pointed towards a danger where we are also heading towards - the ownership issue. The Press is no longer being owned by individuals- it is increasingly being owned by large companies whose main business is not news. It may gradually lead to a sitation where we may lose the free press entirely without even realizing this. Or have we already lost it? and you K (ush), keep alerting us if you find some similar stuff. Thanks once again.