The veteran journalist, columnist and author Kuldip Nayar in The Sunday Guardian:
“Credibility is like virginity. It exists or it does not. Unfortunately, some top names in Indian journalism have lost their credibility…. They behaved like power brokers and crossed the Lakshman rekha between legitimate news gathering and lobbying. It is like the fence eating the crop.
“How they will extricate themselves from the mire is difficult to say. The sad part is that they have brought a bad name to the profession. Politicians are jubilant because they can now say, ‘Physician, heal thyself’…. With what face can the profession point a finger at those who are found wanting in integrity?”
Read the full column: When journalists turn brokers
Also read: Hindu and HT were the worst offenders in 1975
External reading: The Niira Radia tapes and transcripts