Now, it seems that politics and political leaders have stolen the news. We live in a time of political fury divides. Now, our press fails to do what it claims to do, and what society expects it to perform.
The news media are entwined in a vicious circle of political activities and drama. They span the political spectrum and pervades societies across the world.
Now, the intraparty tensions in the ruling Nepal Communist Party (NCP) have deepened. Prime Minister K P Oli and Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal are holding meetings to resolve the disputes and media are focusing mainly on their meetings.
As many news media are centered on these kinds of political activities, sometimes major social issues may be brushed off. The world is facing a battle of coronavirus pandemic. So, most of the news is mainly focused on this pandemic and political ups and downs.
The press and the political parties have wonderfully built a charade that serves their interests. Media knows they are self-aggrandizing manipulations and fail to inform people about serious and complex issues of society but boring issues of political activities.
During this lockdown enforced by the government to curb the spread of COVID-19, there were many incidents of rape and suicides. Many media reported them rendering small spaces. But when two chairmen of Nepal Communist Party (NCP) even decide to sit for meetings, it becomes big news. Politics and media are related. Politics play a vital role in people’s lives. But too many of issues of political activities are boring.
Now, many presses contain propaganda and the result of the prevalence of propaganda in the news media is that the confidence of people in such media erodes gradually. Now, people are aware, they know that they are manipulated, misled, and lied to. Now, they are not interested in how many times leaders sit for meetings. What excites them is what consequences those meetings bring. Here, if leaders decide and plan to meet, it becomes news.
Now, news media should focus more on complex issues rather than boring issues of political activities. People now resent such kinds of boring news.
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