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Thursday, 26 March 2015

#ShameOnTimesNow: An absolute embarrassment to the profession of journalism

Aayush Puthran (India.com): In a bid to be sensational, in a bid to follow the trend of the masses and to serve to the mood of the country, journalism has taken a massive beating today. India’s leading English news channel Times Now has been an absolute embarrassment to the profession of journalism. I say this without any subtlety not because I am from a rival news organisation, but because their work has put my identity as an Indian sports journalist to shame.

Describing India’s loss to Australia in the semi-final of the ICC World Cup 2015 as ‘shameful’, Times Now has made a mockery of all that the team achieved, of everything the players toiled hard for. India lost, but they lost fighting hard. It wasn’t the captain, but Times Now who hasn’t been a sport in India’s defeat. Times Now disgusted the very word of ’sportsmanship’.

Yes, India didn’t put up their best show in the match. There was a mini batting collapse. Yet, with skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni at the crease, there was still hope of a victory with six overs remaining.

India had come into the match as the only side apart from New Zealand to have been unbeaten. They had won all their seven matches so far. On a SCG track that offered bounce and pace, Australia were always going to be the favourites. They had one of the deepest batting line-ups and the most powerful too. Their bowling was one of the best in the tournament as well as menacing.

Times Now described India’s 95-run loss to Australia as ‘an abject surrender’, ‘a humiliating loss’. More so, when skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was gracious in defeat, Times Now termed his post-match press conference as ‘captain Dhoni shrugged off responsibility’. 

He is the same man who became a father a few months back and hasn’t even seen his daughter still. He is the same man who on being asked if he would go and see his daughter had said “I am on national duty. World Cup is important for me and I would rather be here”. He is the same man who won India a T20 World Cup, a 50-over World Cup and a Champions Trophy – only captain in the world to have won all three ICC tournaments.

Times Now even ran ticker like ‘Did the dropped catch clearly show Kohli was feeling the pressure?’, ‘Did Suresh Raina get carried away and gift his wicket’. They went as low as demanding an apology to the nation from Virat Kohli. For what? Playing a bad shot and dropping a catch? Aren’t these producers and anchors questioning the cricketers the same bunch of people who probably haven’t even held a cricket bat in their life.

By the looks of it, it seems unlikely the people running the channel know their sport. If they don’t know their cricket, I’m willing to help them out with a few lessons. Yes, I’m challenging the Times Now editor Arnab Goswami for a ‘discussion’ on cricket.

Source: India.com

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