The voting is done with and the results are out. I am thankful to all those who participated. Though this poll is by no means scientific, it is still honest and far more open than any of the polls that our media conducts on a daily basis. The media polls are the biggest farces ever pulled on people. None of the TV channels ever show you how many people actually voted on any of the issues. You usually get to see something like 80% said Yes and 20% No. For all we know, 5 people might have voted and 4 may have said yes and therefore you have 80% saying yes. That’s a very convenient way of fooling people.
INDIAN MEDIACROOK OF THE YEAR 2010
Not surprisingly, here is your Indian MediaCrook of The Year 2010 BARKHA DUTT and the Runner-up VIR SANGHVI
Barkha Dutt of NDTV Vir Sanghvi of Hindustan Times
Both these journalists have brought to a climax what was always suspected of our media, biased, slanted, influenced and often outright lobbyists. The Nira Radia tapes have done to expose what otherwise would have been a daunting task. Not far behind is Rajdeep Sardesai and deservedly so. We have now been witness to even fake tweets by CNN-IBN and TimesNow. Rajdeep nearly polled as many votes as Sanghvi and lost the honour of being runner-up narrowly. One of the two, Vir Sanghvi, has slipped into the background a bit. The other, Barkha Dutt, continues to peddle her mindless nonsense still but has toned down her kicking and screaming. That NDTV continues to put her on their screens is proof enough that ethical conduct in the media is dead and gone.
There is hope, of course. The new-age media will be the online Social Network with its honest assessments and writings. They will be our new Watchdogs.