Journalism is mostly about getting it right

What did our journalists and newspapers and magazines and TV channels say before and during the Uttar Pradesh elections, and how much of what they said came true or didn’t? What did they say of the cricket World Cup, and how much of it came true or didn’t? No one knows, or at least no one has taken the pains so far to tell us.

Result 1: Credibility becomes a certificate that is benevolently bestowed upon individuals and institutions by virtue of age, reputation, “influence” and other incidental and mostly non-journalistic reasons. Rarely are they put under scholarly scrutiny by our media schools, professors or researchers.

Result 2: journalists and newspapers and magazines and TV channels can hop on to the next big thing with their reputations more or less intact.

On the contrary, PRITHVI DATTA CHANDRA SHOBHI alerts us to a fine analysis by Radar of American journalists,  writers and experts on how right they were right they were about the Iraq War; “four pundits who were in our judgment the most influentially and disturbingly misguided in their pro-war arguments and the four who were most prescient and forceful in their opposition.”

Read the full feature here: The Iraq gamble

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