Friday, December 23, 2005


Whose public interest is it anyway?

Sting operations are the flavour of the season, and it’s a bad time to be a politician. Hidden cameras make for great TV and even better TRPs, and I have no problem with that. But when the media starts to position sting operations as public interest exposes, I find it a little hard to digest.

If broadcasting politicians making complete asses of themselves did not translate into higher TRPs, the spycam would not be as ubiquitous as it is today. That sting operations may actually serve public interest is incidental. The icing on the PR cake. So let's just call a spade and spade.

By the way, isn’t bribing a public official illegal in India?

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