Remember the good old days when news channels were only about, well, news? When the news was something one caught once a day or so, and was suitably informed about the goings on in the world and one’s country. Man, those really were the days! Here’s a look at what news once meant and what it has come to mean now. Let’s start with all that’s wrong with news channels today:
The man screams so much it makes you wonder why people bother being on The Newshour. I mean, it’s not like he’s going to let anyone get a word in edgewise, so why bother really?!!
The scroll(s) at the bottom of the screen, the stock index on the corner, the many separate pieces of information being flashed in bands and tickers and so on.
Watching news today is like asking for an epileptic fit. Who can follow all that’s going on on the screen? People with ADHD, perhaps. But what about the rest of us?
Arnab Goswami. Again.
There’s a reason why this man gets two spots on this list. It’s because his endless screaming isn’t just annoying and petulant. It is also ironic. There was once a time news channels had someone sign the news out for the deaf. Remember that person in the tiny rectangular box on the bottom of the screen, gesticulating frantically, trying to keep up with the news reader? And now we have this freak, who screams so much his regular viewers must’ve gone partially deaf by now. Maybe Times Now should consider hiring someone to sign the news, too. Given that most of their viewers are going to be deaf soon enough, if they aren’t already.
Aishwarya Rai marrying Abhishek Bachchan is NOT news. News channels go absolutely berserk every time some celebrity wedding happens. This Abhi-Ash affair is a case in point. Times Now had maple leaves floating across the screen for days on end while it covered all the inane shit that was happening around the Bachchan household. Why maple leaves, you might ask. Because ‘Mohabbatein’.
Aishwarya Rai married a tree and a dog for crying out loud! Who cares who/what she married next?!! Also, where is that dog, today? Lying in a street with nary a morsel to eat, I’m betting.
Gone are the days when news was about spreading awareness and disseminating information. Now it’s the business of news — the business of reporting and/or making news. Journalistic ethics be damned! Watching the news is like watching a freaking nautanki. Minus the entertainment value, or even the occasional hard hitting reality and/or lesson in morality.
The only glimmer of hope in the business of news as it stands, is the fun people have at the expense of ridiculous news anchors. Here’s a case in point: