Shoulder-ride flood reporter feels mocked
An Indian reporter is blaming his cameraman after being widely ridiculed for reporting on monsoon floods while sitting on the shoulders of a victim of the floods.
Television reporter Narayan Pargaien went so far as to suggest the cameraman had been trying to sabotage his career.
Pargaien told the Newslaundry website he was only supposed to be shown from the chest up.
"This was entirely the cameraman's fault, who, it seems, almost tried to sabotage my career by shooting from that distance and angle and releasing the video mocking this whole incident, and making me the villain."
The man whose shoulders he was sitting on had offered to carry him across the river, and had been paid 50 rupees (about NZ$1) for doing so.
Pargaien would not identify the man whom, he said, had taken the television crew to his home and asked that the damage done to the place be reported.
"We helped him with some food and some money and he was grateful to us and wanted to show me some respect, as it was the first time someone of my level had visited his house," Pargaien said.
"So while crossing the river he offered to help by carrying me on his shoulder, between which, I thought of reporting the flood."
People were talking about him being inhuman and wrong, but the crew was helping some of the victims.
Pargaien, who has about 18 years experience and works for the News Express channel, agreed he had been wrong to sit on the man's shoulders.
"On the one hand what I did was journalistically wrong, but how it's being portrayed now on Youtube and Facebook, like a joke, doesn't feel like it's fair."