Pouting, preening, posing, hinting: how ‘objective’ journalists are voting in the Delhi elections without really ‘reporting’

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Journalists are human, of course, but nobody works harder than Delhi-based journalists to prove that to the world, especially during festivals like ‘Holi’ when the Twitter timelines of the bold-faced names are plastered with unidentifiable faces.

#DelhiElections2020 offered yet another chance to ‘Tweetiyas’ to demonstrate they are just like the rest of humankind, and the day hasn’t disappointed.

The simple act of going to the polling booth for the “secret communion with democracy” (as ‘Scotty’ Reston of the New York Times termed India’s elections), something millions of normal folk do without crowing about it. is turned into something heroic.

Using the front-facing camera (and the filters) may be the whole point of social media, a bit of fun on the side for Lutyens Media, but political scientists and clinical psychologists may have a slightly different opinion if and when they get around to it.

Thankfully, a journalist has created just the right hashtag to help them: #JournalistsVoters.

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Fastest finger first.

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Then the selfie with finger-wale:

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Then the duos and couples:

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Then the big message types:

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Some humour along the way:

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And some bragging rights:

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One of the few journalists who did not use the front-facing camera was Jatin Anand of The Hindu, who captured faces at booths articulating their hopes one last time.

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Unbelievably, in the midst of such revelry, somebody is having to work too: Ashutosh, the former journalist who joined the Aam Aadmi Party.

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