It’s not as if ours is the only media in the world with big problems. But when ours is confronted with its own scandals, you can hear the clang of a fraternity closing ranks, followed by the weird sound of thousands of furious back-scratchings, followed by the thunderous silence of stones not being thrown in glass houses.Well, Business Standard took that bit about rank-closing quite seriously and demonstrated its truth in the directest way possible. They didn't publish the column. Instead they filled the space with - hold on to your sides now - a New York Times article about wingtips. Is that furious back-scratching you hear or just the sound of dirt being scraped off the soles of expensive shoes?
P.S. to my knowledge, Aditya Sinha of the New Indian Express was the first mainstream-media journalist to do a piece about the plagiarism incident - here it is - but Nilanjana S Roy did write about it on her blog, making the good point that there's something very wrong with a copy-desk that fails to recognise the inappropriateness of phrases like "the Indian state of Tamil Nadu" and "if you haven't heard of Rajinikanth before" in an India Today edition meant specially for south Indian readers. Plagiarism is one thing, but plagiarising without discernment? Tch.