New Delhi: According to sources, senior journalists cutting across all national and regional newspapers are punishing themselves after writing or approving any article or opinion column written against Aam Aadmi Party. This comes in line of AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal trying to help mainstream media to reduce some of its workload.
We met one of the sources outside a South Indian restaurant. He immediately jumped into the issue, as he was running into some personal errands after our meeting. He said, “Look! Many senior journalists are now dumbfounded by the direction in which AAP is going. It was a well known fact that media tried to pit Kejriwal against Modi, but now their dear kid has pounced back on them. They tried to write as much as good articles as possible about Kejriwal & AAP, even when there were internal conflicts in the party. With their dear leader now taking harsh steps against them, they are forced to retaliate and hence have finally planned to criticise AAP & Kejriwal.”
Sipping the hot coffee, he continued, “But, how can people belonging to same family wash their dirty linen in public? So, these senior journos are bearing the brunt. They are doing self-flagellation, that is, whipping themselves with leather belts or steel chains, after they had written any criticism of their favorite leader. Not only that, they have been ordering young journos to whip themselves even if they had tweeted or liked any criticism of AAP in social media.”
We spoke to another source via phone call. She said, “Whatever you had heard is real. Even my dad who is a senior reporter and a book launcher, is whipping himself right now. He is saying ‘Sensory punishment over sensationalism’ everytime he flogs his shoulder. Before flogging himself, to ease off the pain, he is drinking two glasses of Old Monk. I asked him that why he had to hurt himself, for which, he replied, ‘No. I wasn’t hurting myself. I was merely introspecting what our Emperor said’. His shoulder and chest is full of wounds and my intellectual mom is applying salt to heal those wounds daily. Hope he recovers soon.”