NL recommends: There’s the radical. And there’s the wrong kind of radical

What you should read, watch and listen to this weekend.

ByNL Team
NL recommends: There’s the radical. And there’s the wrong kind of radical
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How journalists try to stay impartial New York Times

The Delhi riots threw up horrible images, and one couldn’t help but watch the news with a deep sense of helplessness. Two great pieces came as a timely reminder on the purpose of journalism, and why it is more urgent than ever that we don’t lose our sense of balance and indeed our faith in the power of good journalism.

This article in the New York Times where journalists lists out the ways in which they work hard to set aside their personal views and approach each story.

And there’s this lecture by the newspaper’s investigations editor about how she helmed the investigation into Harvey Weinstein. “As journalists at an independent news organization, we are neither advocates nor prosecutors,” Rebecca Corbett says. “We have to meet standards of fairness and pursue no specific outcome or agenda other than unearthing truth and seeking accountability.”

– Manisha Pande

Why the success of NYT may be bad for journalism New York Times

Former Buzzfeed News editor Ben Smith joins the New York Times as its new media columnist and promptly explains why his new employer may be on its way to becoming a monopoly in the media industry just like Google and Facebook in the world of tech.

– Aditya Varier

Take it Easy Prime Video

A standup comedy show that is intentionally offensive. The jokes are really mean and if you are someone who isn’t easily offended , then this is a show you might want to watch.

– Stallan Nayak

The Messiah Netflix

A leader rises in the Middle East whose followers believe that he can perform miracles. But to the CIA, there’s more than meets the eye. The series explores the modern world’s response to a titular Christ figure.

– Hameeda Syed

All The Bright Places Jennifer Niven

Don’t give in to the temptation of watching All The Bright Places on Netflix. Read the book instead. It will be worth your while.

It might be a trigger if you deal with anxiety or depression, or it might make you feel good.

– Anukriti Malik

Elizabeth Warren was the wrong kind of radical New York Times

"Ms Warren tried to bend the Democratic Party to the left. Mr Sanders’s core supporters are intent on remaking it from the ground up."

One of the clearest analyses to understand what sets Bernie Sanders apart from Warren, and why her campaign failed to mobilise the progressive arm of the Democratic Party behind her.

– Chitranshu Tewari

India has slid to being a majoritarian state in economic despair The Hindu

The Delhi violence, the coronavirus pandemic and continuing economic slowdown form a trinity of risks to India, writes former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. He worries that this potent combination may not only rupture the soul of India but also diminish its global standing as an economic and democratic power.

– Ayan Sharma


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