So all the attackers are dead, except one. Even though the commandos should’ve got to the attackers much earlier, no questions asked. All is well that ends well.
It’s a victory, of sorts, for the nation’s media as well. The television crew got to the blast scenes faster than any emergency personnel could. For this, the TV media deserves applause.
But the media has been criticized for two things primarily, in their coverage of the attacks. That they showed little to no restraint in showing gory images and shots with blood-splattered body parts and mutilated bodies. Second, they bragged of the exclusivity of the coverage and were quite visibly elated at the images they got and the whole coverage getting worldwide attention.
They had a field day on the day. Of course, they got the bacon home; their station managers were very happy at the national tragedy. But the TV stations have all been severely criticized for their utter and shameful lack of restraint in getting the story as quickly and as spicy to their audiences.
They wanted their story done quickly and keep their bosses happy by helping them generate revenues and improve their channel’s TRPs, and they achieved that on the day. Conflict and tragedy sell, and the media bosses had no trouble getting this message through to the legmen on that day.
The writer is the principal editor at Cosmos Writers.
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