The fourth estate

What was once a given

is now suspect

A completely dispassionate reporting

accountability to the public

is a daffy idea now

The watchdog has become a gazelle

giving in to the temptation of greed

falling nothing short of sycophancy

A handmaiden of the powerful

the press goes off on a tangent

on issues germane

Gone are the days of all or nothing

suffering from a crisis of identity

it equates patriotism with obfuscation.

30 thoughts on “The fourth estate

  1. A handmaiden of the powerful
    the press goes off on a tangent

    I associated these two lines with each other and the resulting image was powerful, mouthpieces that speak like puppets – your poetic lines cut and present such truth

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      1. no it holds no power any longer. have you watched the movie THE POST? I strongly recommend if you are interested about honest journalism and the era around the Nixon trials. A well dramatised movie with superb dialogue and well loved actors.

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  2. “The watchdog has become a gazelle

    giving in to the temptation of greed“

    So well said. It feels like the basic values of humanity like truth, kindness and compassion have become secondary. Great poem Punam ❤️❤️

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