Now, left to my own devices – I would never bother commenting on Times of India. In my opinion it is a tabloid in broadsheet format – which is fine by me but it is their self-proclaimed status as India’s and indeed world’s leading broadsheet that really irks me. I also hate Bennett Coleman and Company for a variety of other reasons but more on that on some other day. For now let us stick to the quality of reporting in their flagship paper – The Times of India. In fact – let us narrow down to one of their supposedly premier reporters CHIDANAND RAJGHATTA. I am assuming that he is one of the jewels in their crown since he reports from the US and they must be paying for his expenses here.
Now, if you just follow this guys reports for a month or so and if you are also an avid reader of US media outlets like the CNN, NY Times and the Washington Post you will start getting a feeling of déjà vu. Initially, that feeling played havoc with my mental state. I kept on thinking, “Man! How’s it that every time I read something by this guy I get this feeling that I’ve read about this someplace else earlier.” Then finally I got it right. This guy basically scans US media stories containing the phrases “India”, ”people of Indian origin”, “Sharma,Gupta…….etc” and then rewrites his own story from that. Of course, one has to give him that he is pretty good at giving those rehashed stories a great headline.
Want proof? Today’s story is “NRI doc’s king-size effort saves little heart”. Of course- that story was all over CNN yesterday. I rest my case.