Journalism is a profession which informs the public about the events happening in the society. And the duty of journalists is to present the news as it is. Though it may be interesting or even entertaining, the foremost value of news is as a utility to empower the informed. There are certain principles and code of ethics need to be followed by journalists. The information passed through media has to be unbiased, objective and true.
In a democratic country like India, journalist a play an important role in shaping public opinion. However, for the sake of TRP, religion, language, politics and drama reporters convey information in an unethical manner. In India, most of the journalists are influenced by the political agenda and give away biased statements. But, there are few who are worth mentioning in this list.
Barkha Dutt is widely known for her reporting on Kargil war which took between India and Pakistan in 1999. In spite of her efforts, she has been accused of dramatizing the war. Dutt was one of the journalists taped in the Radia tapes controversy where she appeared to pass messages between Nira Radia, a tainted lobbyist and senior leaders of the Congress party. She has been criticized for her ill and irresponsible reporting on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. During the Gujarat riots, she classified the victims as Hindus and Muslims, which is against the laws regulating freedom of press. This was just sensational journalism.
News needs to be presented in a calm composed manner. However, this journalist just does the opposite by shouting and screaming as a news reader.
Though I personally like him, his ways of criticizing Modi and BJP are a little too much. His bias should not manifest itself in journalism. Sadly, Rajdeep is unable to hide his political inclinations in Public. Especially, the reporting on Madison Square incident was quite irresponsible.
Arnab is unapologetic in his style and is known to impose his personal views on the whole panel. Besides, he lacks the basic courtesy of allowing people to speak. Though he asks his panellist’s many questions, he never really lets them speak at all. He uses his bias (now, there is nothing wrong with personal opinions and bias, but using the bias to display emotions rather than facts is indeed irresponsible journalism) to shut down people who do not share the same opinion as him in a debate. He also uses very offensive language sometimes against those who disagree with him. In a nutshell, he is one of the most irresponsible journalists I have seen.
If you have watched the show ‘Sansani’, you would have realised why is this journalist mentioned in this list. He uses an exaggerative way to present the crime news and his voice and expressions seem more threatening than informing. A perfect example of news sensationalism.