Saturday, September 27, 2008

Karan Thapar is a joke

That Karan Thapar - what a public disgrace he is! The guy has been in Indian journalism for as far back as I can remember, and the more I see him, the more I wonder how he has even lasted. He is the most disgraceful Indian journalist that I have ever seen.

He does not have the basic decency to let another human being speak. Not only that, he interjects at every opportune moment. To top it off, he brings in his own brainless analysis and over-reaction to any statement made by his interviewee. He loves it when his interviewee fumbles for words. And the one thing I completely hate about this guy is his perennial use of vocabulary, which the average interviewee would not even comprehend.

There have been enough number of times when interviewees have told him point blank, "Karan, let me complete what I have to say", or, "Karan, I think this is an interview and I have a point of view", or, even more disgraceful & direct when they say, "Karan, can I say something?". These statements from people who are invited on national television, time and again, to this so-called famous journalist is beyond me. I sometimes wonder how he even gets a prime time slot to interview all these famous politicians, bureaucrats and what have you.

The man does not have the basic courtesy of a conversation. One of the most unforgettable (in the negative way) interviews was with India's famous lawyer, Ram Jethmalani. That was on CNN-IBN on a Sunday evening, where the lawyer just stopped short of asking Karan to get out of his residence where the interview was being hosted. While I have my own thoughts about Ram Jethmalani's arrogance and airs about being a great lawyer, I think, that Karan Thapar did not ever merit the Asian Television Award in Singapore, based on that one interview. It was disgraceful!

At other times, I have noticed many of this journalist's shows bordering on personal accusation, not to mention, extreme use of words. Yes, politicians have a way with words, but with Karan Thapar around, the situation just gets a wee bit uncomfortable. There is no debate, but only point-counterpoint in the sense of an accusation. The other party ends up feeling," why did I even bother to entertain this interview?".

I am usually very respectful of every profession, as it has its own things to contribute to the Indian economy. I also appreciate the fact that different industries have their own dynamics. And, I am especially a big fan of the media industry & have tremendous respect for the folks who get us the news. But, sadly, like with everything else in life, people like Karan Thapar, are those elements, which make you wonder about how such people even make it in the first place. No sour grapes, the man sucks! Period.

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