Mar 28, 2012

Hermon Raju and Poor Journalism

Hermon Raju vs MTA Metro North Railroad

Video Snap of Hermon Raju on MTA Metro North Train?
Hermon Raju, Hermon is not an Indian name but Raju is a very common name among Indians.  I saw a video on Youtube which showed an altercation between a woman identified by news articles as Hermon Raju and an African American woman who appeared to be an employee/train conductor of MTA North Railroad.

In this video, the conductor asks Hermon Raju to refrain from audibly using profane language to which she responds with “Do you know what schools I’ve been to?” “Do you know how well-educated I am? “I’m not a crazy person, I’m a very well educated person.”

MTA Metro North Railroad's Classy response

It was also reported that an eyewitness to the incident posted that a minute later, there was an announcement on MTA Metro North train’s public address system asking all passengers not to use profanity on the train, “especially those people who went to Harvard or Yale or are from Westport.”

Now, how is this silly video of a trivial argument considered newsworthy by fellows like Keith Olbermann (from Cornell University) and sites like Huffington Post (founder Arianna Huffington)  Was it a slow news day?  Did the video have a high voyeuristic and ratings value?  Was this altercation significant to the State of New York?  Was this altercation unique and highly unusual to MTA Metro North Railroad?   Who said, he that is without sin, cast the first stone?

And why am I asking questions like Hermon Raju?  And why am I blogging about Hermon Raju?       

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