News Wrapped 2022: A Look at This Year’s Top News From Indian Media Channels

Here's a look at 2022's Prime Time "news" that Indian media channels used to distract us from the actual issues.

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News Wrapped 2022: A Look at This Year’s Top News From Indian Media Channels

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We know that media is known as the fourth pillar of democracy. Its role is to provide unbiased, factually-correct information to its citizens and to hold ruling institutions accountable for its actions. However, the mainstream media hasn't been much helpful lately.

Instead of reporting prevalent social issues like hate crimes, the rising unemployment, poor healthcare system, women's safety, and climate change, among a myriad other things, the mainstream news channels are adamant to show us all things irrelevant.

From Ranveer Singh's 'bum' to Alia Bhatt's pregnancy, Indian news channels use the Bollywood card to distract us from real issues. So, here is a twist to the Spotify Wrapped trend ft. Primetime news from Indian media in 2022. Take a look:


Top news in India 2022

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Ranveer Singh's Nude Photoshoot

For an entire month or so, Ranveer Singh and his 'bum' became a national issue. While inflation was at an all-time high and Indian Rupee was crashing like a shooting star, the Indian mainstream media decided to hold several panel discussions over Ranveer's photoshoot. Because, priorities!

Prime Time news excessive debates over Ranveer Singh's nude photoshoot was a low point of Indian media. 

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Shah Rukh's Dua

At the funeral of the legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar, a controversy erupted after a BJP leader claimed that Shah Rukh spat on Lata Mangeshkar. This misinformation spread like wildfire, and the Indian news channels covered the issue incessantly.

Media channels couldn't stop obsessing over the issue. 

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Sushmita Sen & Lalit Modi's Relationship Status

Sushmita Sen has been known to defy the societal norms quite a lot and her personal life has often become a topic of discussion in the media. But, when Lalit Modi posted the pictures of them together, it was all that the media could talk about. From speculating on their relationship status to discussing Sushmita's past partners, important socio-political issues took a backseat.

Sushmita Sen's personal life came under a lot of unnecessary scrutiny after Lalit Modi posted their pictures together. 

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Alia Bhatt’s Personal Life Became a Public Concern

Alia Bhatt proved that 2022 was her year. From delivering 4 massive hits and receiving a TIME 100 Impact Award, to working in her first Hollywood film, Heart of StoneAlia has seen massive success in her professional life. But, it was her personal life that dominated the news channels. Whether it was her wedding, or her pregnancy news, it was all that we heard in 2022. It was especially painful to watch media hounding Alia's car when she was leaving the hospital after delivering her baby.

The lack of concern for privacy, the excessive scrutiny and unsolicited comments on Alia's personal life by media was disappointing.

From Alia's wedding to her pregnancy,

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The purpose of this article is not to say that media shouldn't report on Bollywood or Entertainment news, but to ensure that they don't use it as way of distracting us from the actual concerns.

At a time when our country is grappling with serious issues of climate change, increasing hate crimes, inflation, etc it is the responsibility of the media to maintain the fabric of democracy, restore their role as a 'watchdog' and report on these issues diligently.

Distract, divert, deflect: Indian media's ultimate solution!

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