Shouldn't the Radia tapes open a wider debate not just on media ethics, but on ethics and values among all of us, journalists or otherwise? Or is it easier to rant and rave at Barkha Dutt et al than to face up to the bribes we pay, the taxes we evade, the crimes we wink at, the behaviour we both indulge in ourselves and condone?
Did you drive the wrong way on a one-way street today?
Did you buy something and not insist on a bill for it today?
Did you use the services today of the local store that puts together kids' school projects?
Did you let another day pass today without being even slightly bothered that men who killed several hundred of your fellow Indians in 2002 have not been punished?
Did you think to yourself today that somebody you disagree with profoundly on something must therefore be a publicity-seeker, or corrupt, or a traitor?
Did you beat up someone today?
Did a child come home today to clean your floors?
Did you continue to think today that you "worship" some political leader, or cricketer, or film star?
Did you let another day pass today without stopping to let people on foot cross the road in front of your car?
Did you slip a cop a currency note when he stopped you as you drove through a red light today?
There's plenty more where those questions came from, but I'll leave them for you to think about. But here's my point (just mine): if you answered "yes" to one or more of those, please don't be shocked by Ms Radia's now public conversations.