Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar on Wednesday reacted to his state's Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Sudin Dhavalikar infamous statements.
Though he dismissed his fellow minister's ideas and attempts aimed towards 'moral policing' of women, he ultimately turned to politicians favourite scapegoat - the media. He accused the media of misquoting him on his comment on rape and women.
Politicians make callous, insensitive and ill-thought statements causing a national uproar, and at the end of the day the buck is passed on to the 'evil' media.
After the media breaks a story and a politician is found caught with his pants down in a scandal, instead of being credited for a job well done, the media is blamed by the nation's caretakers.
Recent events have proved this phenomenon.
Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Pal misogynistic ranting was caught and exposed leading to many demanding that he be sacked and some also asking for his arrest.
When TMC party chief and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee finally emerged to speak about the issue, she made headlines not for her critique of Pal but of that of the media. Banerjee too put the media on fire hinting that they were biased. "The CPI(M), Congress and some others had in the past said so many things. CPI(M) had said so many things about me. I never saw you people (media) to protest against this."
The Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh also suffered from the 'foot-in-mouth, blame media' syndrome after the Badaun gang-rape incident, evoking national outraged. Perhaps he thought the gang-rape of Dalit minor girls wasn't as grave as it was being made out to be since he blamed the media of creating a hype around it. "Rapes are not happening only in UP," he had said, and added: "If you search on Google, you will find many rape incidents in other states, too."
With such examples to follow no wonder UP ministers too kept up with the media bashing.
SP's Rajya Sabha MP Ram Gopal Yadav and Akhilesh's uncle charged media for hyping the incident and unfairly targeting UP. "A much larger number of rapes are being committed in neighbouring states like Delhi, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. In the north-east states, the incidence of rape in many times higher than in UP. But the media doesn't report that," he said.
The role of the media is to simply bring forth relevant and important news to the public. What these politicians seem to forget is that is it their crowd who are making the news with the media following to do their job.
If they want the media to back off, then it is high time they be careful with their own words and actions.