Wednesday, December 1, 2010

“NDTV, Please FIRE Barkha Dutt Immediately”

There is something like making a mistake. We all do. When it comes to a public figure or a journalist we temper the mistakes by using the line “error of judgement” or “bad judgement”. The discussion last night (November 30) on NDTV with Barkha Dutt and other renowned journalists like Dileep Padgaonkar, Sanjay Baru, Swapan Das Gupta and Manu Joseph (of Open Magazine that exposed the Radia tapes), moderated by Sonia Singh of NDTV was a disgraceful display by Barkha Dutt. And to call it disgraceful would be putting it mildly.

The shrill tone, the self-righteousness, the kicking and screaming,  and the militant-like uncalled for attack on Manu Joseph was a horror show to say the least.  Barkha Dutt was worse than an uncouth politician that usually appears on her shows. There shouldn’t be any doubt whatsoever that Manu Joseph did the right thing by publishing the tapes and the transcripts and Barkha had no business to demand on a reference first.  There was nothing in the transcripts that she has denied or refuted. Had that been the case her grievance would have been valid.

Instead of humility, regret and remorse what was on display was utter shameless defence of unethical journalism on her part. It is Open Magazine itself which has accurately rebutted her entire defence and shown how hollow it is. Hartosh Singh Bal at OM has this to say about Barkha Dutt’s conversation with Nira Radia : For any political journalist worth her salt, the alarm bells would have gone off at this stage, and should have led to one of the biggest stories related to government formation in this country: ‘Tata telecom PR chief handles negotiations for telecom portfolio.’ Did you happen to see this story on NDTV? (Read his full article Here)

In an open letter to Barkha on this very blog (Here)  I had mentioned Barkha may not be outright corrupt but an expression of regret over bad judgement could deliver redemption. But having seen the NDTV program last night I am now convinced her histrionics, arrogance and utter lack of decency, which permeate most of her programs cannot pass for journalism anymore. In contrast the other journalists on the panel last night conducted themselves with extraordinary professional skill, something that Barkha doesn’t appear to have learnt at any school of debate.  At times, these journalists had to "counsel" an extremely agitated Barkha. A journalist that doesn’t understand the difference between legalese and ethics and insults the intelligence of both, the professional journalist and the common viewer should go.

Therefore, I have to strongly recommend NDTV to fire Barkha Dutt immediately and save themselves and protect the morale of others at the channel.  Prannoy Roy is often referred to as the ‘father of Indian news TV’. If he doesn’t sack Barkha, he might see his legacy as the ‘father of the most corrupt news channel in India’

18 comments :

  1. barkha has clearly not convinced a lot of people. check this out:
    http://mediaruminations.blogspot.com/2010/12/sab-mere-ko-hi-bol-rahein-hain.html
    jayant mathew

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  2. The question to be asked is who actually controls NDTV, is it Roy doubt that cos he has not come clean like HT or is it actually Barkha, in which case there is no question of SACKING.

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  3. I am not convinced by Barkah.She must apology on national TV or NDTV must sack her.

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  4. "What should I tell them?" - Bar ka dut

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  5. Barkha still on NDTV Congress. Pseudo Secularists and hypocrites!

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  6. I think its high time NDTV sacks her or at least ground her for few months. I am surprised they still have her conduct serious debates on scams and preach righteousness. This is a joke on them since they think they can get away with it! I think NDTV hasnt yet realized what harm its causing to their reputation. I dont even stay a second on NDTV while flipping channels if I see her. Shes not worth my time.

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  7. Dr.Prannoy Roy: Please fire Barkha asap before there is irreversible damage to NDTV's reputation.

    - former NDTV admirer!

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  8. please fire barkha

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  9. Barkha Dutt MUST resign!

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  10. barkha barka
    yes pappa
    broking deals
    no pappa
    telling lies
    no pappa
    Shall i play the tapes?
    ha ha ha

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  11. Hi Prannoy roy, Pls fire barkha dutt OR at least impose a heavy fine for her acts. Otherwise we will have no faith in TV media.

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  12. lol..look at the tingling in her voice..'oh god! tell me what should i tell them?'.. had it been someone else's voice recorded, it would've sent gigantic gong waves all over the nation - our biitchy bakra datt oozing all in f a(u) c e(k) the nation that night- leading the mass with empathetic expression on that wry face with a trumpet in one hand and drum stick in the other.

    I puke at the very sight of this idiotic bittch.. Hatred has spread to my cores..can't help

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  13. I have changed my name for bringing shame to my family and also ready to take 500 lashes on my fat ass

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  14. Dear All,

    Thanks for the comments and kind words. You keep me inspired to research and write.

    Thanks again!
    Ravinar

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  15. how can any sensible Indian watch programs anchored by Barkha Dutt? It is high time to boycott the NDTV till she is kicked out.

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  16. You are doing a good job,but go hard at Rajdeep Sardesai also.He writes open letters and does not let any counterview be published,he is also biased towards Congress.

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  17. Barkha dutt, you or NDTV called these people to question you for your defense..but u are too arrogant a person...instead of answering Manu Joseph, you questioned his morality..I think he did the right thing by publishing those tapes without informing, otherwise you would have used all your contacts to stop it...good work Manu

    I think it is Barkha who is running NDTV and not Prannoy Roy. Secondly I saw NDTV Indian of the year award - the function was conducted by Barkha Dutt and all the politicians like Chidambaram were there. So guys forget about her being sacked from NDTV..

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  18. More than two years and Barkha is still the Editor at NDTV. This proves that the rot of corruption, moral if not financial, has spread to even the media.

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