Sunday, November 30, 2008

A spirited defence of the TV news coverage of the terrorist attacks

The Government and intelligence agencies can carp and crib till kingdom come about the TV news coverage of the attacks. Admittedly, critical information should not have been leaked, but overall, as a terribly humble citizen, I'm glad it was covered. Or else every explosion or gunshot would have led to panic and widespread rumours.
Better still, this provided transparency. Now we can sleep at night without wondering whether some poor, innocent Muslim vendor was picked off the streets and paraded as a terrorist by the bone-lazy authorities. Sadly, we do not trust our politicians. And till that changes we have only the media and the judiciary to fall back on.

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