Thursday, November 10, 2011

Sack Sagarika


Dan Rather, an internationally acclaimed journalist, was the first to break the assassination of John F Kennedy. He also covered Watergate and many wars. In 2004 he ran a report about military records of George W Bush using documents which later turned out to be forged. Rather did the morally right thing, he quit CBS in 2006. His only fault was that he hadn’t fact-checked the story and the documents, although there is still no concrete evidence that the documents were unreliable. That was probably a rare mistake from Rather in career spanning over five decades. What does it say about journalists in India who continue to not only hold on to their jobs but continue to sermonise the nation as if their character were soaked in the purest of waters?

We first had Barkha Dutt, the Radiagate hero, stringing along a lobbyist and indulging in power-brokering who continues to moralise the nation. We now have Vir Sanghvi, another Radiagate hero, who now claims the tapes were doctored and he is innocent. This is the same brazenness with which politicians hang on to office despite being tainted with acts of corruption. If I have consistently maintained that a corrupt media is more dangerous to democracy than corrupt politicians then the media doesn’t stop providing more evidence to that belief.

Most Indian businesses are family-run and owned. But it is a common practice among many corporate entities to not employ two or more members from the same family, at least not in the same department. There is no particular reason behind this practice except for the belief that all the acts of the members may not be free from prejudice if they were from the same family. And what if your spouse also happens to be your boss in a news media enterprise? It then makes it all the more likely that sometimes even trash can be passed off as journalism. In all the posts on this site I have never once referred to Sagarika Ghose as the wife of Rajdeep Sardesai. I have always referred to her as the deputy editor. However, now I do believe the deputy editor must go. That any other Managing Editor in the seat of Rajdeep Sardesai would not tolerate the outright rubbish that Sagarika churns out so frequently. The latest one really has to be the last straw. That Rajdeep himself has a lot to answer for is another story.

Media is not a private body as the Editors Guild would have the Standing committee on Lokpal believe. The power to influence people, opinions and even elections is not in the private domain. There is a strange streak in Sagarika Ghose that leads her to believe that people are idiots and can be fooled all the time. That there are ordinary people and there are elites and she stands independently as an observer. Her boss should have repeatedly told her that she was part of the elite. On 9th November on her programme ‘Face the nation’ Sagarika ran the debate “Sri Sri on 4 day yatra in UP: should spiritual leaders take part in anti-corruption campaigns? FTN 10pm”. There were a few usual panellists along with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. Except, SriSri wasn’t there!

First of all, the clear answer to SG’s question is anybody in this country is free to run a campaign against corruption at any place and at any time of his or her choice. Sagarika doesn’t have any moral business to question the rights of SriSri. This country’s values have been built on the spiritual cleanliness which outsiders find easier to recognise than people like Sagarika. The right question would now be: Does Sagarika have any moral right to continue as a journalist?

Sagarika Ghose conducted the debate as if SriSri were live on the programme and was responding to the comments made by other panellists. That wasn’t all, when panellists made a comment she even turned to SriSri to seek his response. What was being used was footage from a previously recorded interview with SriSri and suitably edited to make it appear as if he was responding live. This is nothing short of blatant mischief and fraud on the viewers. This is something CNN-IBN’s Cyrus Broacha does on his comedy show where the viewers are aware of the interviews being fake.

Some days back SG ran a debate on whether Justice Katju, the new PCI chairman, should apologise for calling journalists “uneducated”. I hope she now realises what exactly Katju was referring to. Not done with that, she frequently passes judgements on judges of High courts and Supreme Court some of which may actually be an act of contempt. In a recent article, ‘The Elite’s on trial, here is what she wrote:

The 2G trial too is one of India’s “million mutinies”. The overthrow of bail jurisprudence, the CBI’s failure to provide comprehensive evidence so far, the many weaknesses of the case beyond its rhetoric, have been highlighted by several legal experts. It is no longer even clear how much “loss” there was to the exchequer, with the CAG’s R1.76 lakh crore figure now being systematically questioned. Yet the 2G accused, before the trial, before proof of the money trail, appear to already have been declared guilty”. This not only reflects her terrible lack of understanding of the law but it also appears the article was written without a thorough scrutiny of the judgement by Judge O.P.Saini which denied bail to Kanimozhi and others. She probably implies that Indians simply want to hang the rich regardless of evidence or sense of justice.

I have said often that it’s not possible to hide in the tech-age. Faster than she could say SriSri people on Twitter quickly pointed out the recorded interview of SriSri being misused by Sagarika on her programme. She later tweeted that it was a bug and that FTN will carry a full apology to the viewers and to SriSri. I believe one can apologise for a mistake or an error. This was neither a mistake nor an error but wilful deception. The apology can pass but if Rajdeep Sardesai has any moral decency left in him he has to let his deputy editor go. Willingly perpetrating a fraud on the viewers is not a mistake that can be covered up by an apology. It is far too serious a crime. It is time for Rajdeep, the Managing Editor, to sack Sagarika

PS: Those who missed the episode on CNN-IBN can watch it here on YOUTUBE

109 comments:

  1. Very good article. Apt.. Hope Raj'beep' reads this and gets some grey matter.

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  2. I have almost stopped watching CNNIBN long ago because of the biased & bogey journalism ,specially pretty mediocre news analysis. No wonder I missed the program on Sri Sri yesterday but I'm not surprised.Hope we bring all to book, not only politicians but everyone in public life & the time has come for Sagarika..

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  3. Shocking. I can never understand why does debate headlines are always loaded questions? I have never seen this anywhere in the world. It this a tacit admission that people would not watch the show unless there there is a provocative question in the title?

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  4. Rajdeep Sardesai's wife Sagarika Ghosh has really committed a fraud by fooling the viewers and demeaning Sri Sri Ravi Shanker. This lady should be immediately sacked by CNN-IBN, if any shame is left in its owners !The Crooked in media are worse than politicians !

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  5. Awesome article. You've captured the pulse of the outrage very well.
    Hope to see some action in action, banning CNNIBN & sacking the silly goose.

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  6. Hi,

    Want to say a lot but will restrain myself.

    This I think shud sum up everything that CNN IBN & its team really are.

    “It is impossible to calculate the moral mischief, if I may so express it, that mental lying has produced in society. When a man has so far corrupted and prostituted the chastity of his mind as to subscribe his professional belief to things he does not believe he has prepared himself for the commission of every other crime.” ~Thomas Paine, The Age of Reason

    Sincerely
    Anil Kohli

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  7. It looks like shameless act, and these bugs staring at people's faces everyday and litreally say "We are like this only, Tum kya ukhaad loge??"
    I remember before there was a Desk Error, now there is a bug, it is high time for the media to get Katju do the Disinfection-Fumigation and termiante the bugs ridden Media offices.

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  8. After the excesses of the Emergency, nobody is willing to apply a code of ethics to journalism, just as no politician is willing to talk about birth control.Collection of a mass of well documented evidence, such as deliberate bias, paid news, carefully edited "interviews", fake SMS campaigns, over a period of time in order to proceed legally against the ELM is the only peaceful way at present.
    TURDesai, Ghose, Burqa Dutt are at the forefront.
    Arnav and Navika could not find any questions worth asking Praful Patel after the CAG revealed the Air India mess. Patel kept smiling throughout the program: ignorance, deliberate obfuscation or complicity?
    Just yesterday, an RTI application unearthed the CAG's pointed reply to the PM's misinformation/obfuscation on the 2G case.

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  9. I used to visit ibnlive often before. I used to like the layout. But the way they censor any anti-cong, or comments critical of op-eds was just too much. Stopped totally. They call it 'moderation' though! It was amply clear after Dr. Swamy's interview with karan thapar. The same video on Youtube (though Ibn's channel on YT) had so many more appreciative comments ratio than on ibnlive.

    You should write on that topic sometime. Tehelka is worse. There is no option to comment! That's the elitist, anachronistic thinking of the 1800s where its their belief they know better and there is nothing of value for them to listen from the 'peasants.'

    TOI is better in that sense. Most comments
    do appear.

    Not Surprising the mindset doesn't change when they move to a 2-way channel such as twitter and all they do is blare what they did on TV. No wonder Bdutt wants to find out from Nikesh how to deal with trolls on the net. How dare others do what I do to them? Damn, I thought I was the only one with a mike, now everyone on twitter has one!

    I remember Noam Chomsky saying on the media' its not the constant barrage of entertainment and frivolity but what actually passes for serious programming that bothers me'

    All of these guys pounced on Katju in the name of freedom of the press and justifying that they are giving the trash that the consumer wants. I'm still fine with that. They are a business after all. Talk about kareena if that gets you the ratings and cricket if you want the viewership. But when it comes to serious topics, be fair and well read (and don't take bribe or tell lies). Is that too much to ask? Apparently yes.

    Edward Bernays (father of propaganda and PR) said way back in the 1920s, rehashing his uncle Freud's ideas, how there was a need to 'herd the cattle' which when left to itself will choose wrongly and its the elite's responsibility to 'guide' in a democracy. The only mistake in his theory was the elites don't have the welfare of the masses as their priority.

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  10. If it was Pakistan she would have been there today , but such people are taking advantage of the Hindus for their liberal approach , no wonder this extreme approach by so called secularist would only build contempt , and these are the very people who are responsible for creating extremism and in the end will pay for it . One should take out massive protect march against Hindu repression .

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  11. कल आधी रात के बाद तक हम आपस में इस पूरे एपिसोड पर बहस करते रहे... कोसते रहे इस मीडिया की "फेकिंग"खबरों के रियलिटी शो को.. लेकिन इन पेड चैनल की खबरों का क्या.. ०१.११.२०१० को हमने एक कविता अपने ब्लॉग पर पोस्ट की थी..आज यहाँ पर वही..
    - क्रमशः

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  12. देश की भलाई का विचार आज टाल दो
    राष्ट्र के निर्माण को दिमाग़ से निकाल दो
    ध्वज नहीं, सवाल है, जवाब तो उछाल दो.
    गर्त्त में है आत्मा ये क्या हुआ है हाल रे
    अब तो अपनी लेखनी से नाड़ा ही तू डाल रे!
    अप्रवासी भारतीय प्यार करता देश से
    कौन मंत्री बने तो कौन बाहर रेस से
    ऐसे काम में मदद करो छिपे ही भेस से
    क्या बुरा है इसमें मिलता जेब में जो माल रे
    अब तो अपनी लेखनी से नाड़ा ही तू डाल रे!
    नीरा की सुरा पिए हैं देश के ये पहरेदार
    बरखा नोट की बरस रही है आज बेशुमार
    वीर दुम दबाये हुये घूम रहा लगातार
    पूरे घटनाक्रम पे क्यों उठा नहीं सवाल रे
    अब तो अपनी लेखनी से नाड़ा ही तू डाल रे!
    बोलता मुकेश कांगरेस तो दुकान है
    दाम दो खरीद लो, ये मंत्री सामान है
    बेचकर भी लेखनी बची ये इनकी शान है
    दत्त सांघवी पे क्यों मचा नहीं बवाल रे
    अब तो अपनी लेखनी से नाड़ा ही तू डाल रे!
    अर्थ तो रिलायंस का भरोसा है तू सीख ले
    टाटा के नमक से तू नमकहलाली सीख ले
    टेलिकॉम के नाम पर करोड़ों की तू भीख ले
    पूरे लोकतंत्र पर बिछा है नोटजाल रे
    अब तो अपनी लेखनी से नाड़ा ही तू डाल रे!

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  13. I had being long time critics for CNNIBN http://vikashkumarroy.blogspot.com/2008/08/cnn-ibn-sucks.html . Their insensitivity towards sentiments of people of India had been proved time and again. Media house like CNNIBN are controlled by western forces and funded by Saudis. People like Rajdeep /Barkha/Sagarika has given dharma of Journalism. Use media to make some fast bucks and innocent people of India failed to understand this. These media house should be bring under governing body or else they are like “Bull on street” , what ever they want to do they do. If you try to raise finger you don’t find place as they had monopoly.
    Its high time this private should be scrutinized and should be brought under RTI

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  14. I have stopped watching all indian news channel...they come across as being so slanted that it does not take more than an hour to know which their loyalties lie....and thanks to all those compromised media figures still wanting to hang on...the aversion to them and their channels is complete.. We need a massive clean up not just among politicians, bureaucracy, public life, but importantly in the media...starting with the english ones!

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  15. "If I have consistently maintained that a corrupt media is more dangerous to democracy than corrupt politicians"

    Well said.. Very true.

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  16. Sagarika should be sacked for sure and she should be sued in case by Sri Sri for her foolish work. What she did is totally unacceptable. She should be very much obliged to Sri Sri Ravishankar if he doesnt file a case on her

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  17. Is she a journalist?

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  18. "Is she a journalist?"

    Exactly my point.

    Pramod

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  19. I also believe that there need to be control on these news channel. It was neither a technical mistake nor it was an error. It was planned strategy to denounce movement and put allegations on Sri Sri ji. It was as usual, paid media strategy to fool people and denounce Hindu Spiritual Leader

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  20. If barkha can keep her job after being caught red handed. No relation to Pronoy. Sagirika is the other very half of Rajdeep. No surprise here.

    PS: i really am curious how Barkha has Pronoy by the B**S. what is that particular thing that barkha has that pronoy is afraid of.

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  21. Are there any video links to this episode???

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  22. You are doing a great job Ravinar ji. This is my first time on your blog, but I have already spent the last half hour looking at the various posts. You are doing a tremendous job exposing these "media crooks" and as an ordinary Indian, I am grateful to you.

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  23. @Vikas (and others)

    Full video of the episode here:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ktaoMnAcIw&noredirect=1

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  24. Irrespective of whether she apologized or not Sagarika has deliberately perpetrated premeditated fraud on her viewers. Don't think in any democratic country such malfeasance goes unpunished. Is Indian media a law unto itself? Thanks for highlighting the issue and bringing such fraud to light.

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  25. i am sure all angrazi media houses will remain tight lipped and this will become a passing cloud.

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  26. The DADAGIRI of editors of who conduct daily debates from 9 PM on electronic media is increasing day by day.There is nobody to stop their NONSENSE.Politicians are afraid to take "Panga" with this powerful editors of electronic media.These editors are flying on cloud nine because they know that they can "INFLUENCE" public opinion which ever way they want.Their appears to be "TACTIC UNDERSTANDING" between them.Now they are crossing all limits.Something needs to be done.

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  27. How can anyone have two opinions about what Katju has said about Indian journalists and journalism? Notice the concerted campaign to draw a line between print and electronic. A "we vs them" in leading dailies?? Media is media and is populated by "speaking, writing" illiterates! Media managements hire illiterates with low salaries so that they can dictation. As for the fraud,this is yet another case in point to justify the call for a Lokpal for journalists. Katju spoke the truth, the bitter truth, the harsh truth and nothing but the truth!

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  28. 99% OF Indian media belong to CUBU category and that is "CHEEL UDI THO BHAINS UDI " and people like Barkha Dutt,Vir Sanghvi,Prabhu Chawla,Shekar Gupta,Sagarika, Rajdeep assume [ ASS -U - ME] they are the fate deciders of India and play the Moral Observer so increase their falling TRP's or circulation of print media.Honest Journalism has been BURIED LONG TIME BACK

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  29. INDIA'S top corrupt systems:

    1.Judiciary 2.Army 3.Media 4. Politics 5.Medicine 6.Social Welfare 7.Irrigation 8.Law and Order 9.International Projects 10.Sports Bodies etc

    It's time to STOP SECRECY IN WORLD BANKING and let all the tax havens declare the accounts held by various Indians from 1948 onwards then everything will become clear.

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  30. She is Neither Elite Nor Polite

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  31. I used to think of CNN-IBN as an honest news channel and I actually used to admire Rajdeep Sardesai and Sagarika Ghose.But of late I've been doing some research to find out more about Ms.Ghose and I've come accross some really biased tweets of her's and I had also watched FTN yesterday and excerpts from Sri Sri's interview were being shown as answers to the panelists' questions.What's more, Ms.Ghose was even asking Sri Sri to answer those questions.This can hardly be a mistake.Surely, as the Deputy Editor of her channel,Ms.Ghose must be aware of Sri Sri's interview by her channel.Does Ms.Ghose intend to insult our intelligence?
    Ms.Ghose has made many such 'mistakes' in the past and has even issued 'apologies' for them.She and Mr.Sardesai have let me down very badly,they've breached the trust I had in them.Such incidents are very saddening and they leave you confused and wondering whom to trust in this country.
    But I beg to differ with the author on one point : Not every Editor in place of Mr.Sardesai would have sacked a journalist like Ms.Ghose.Prannoy Roy didn't sack Ms.Dutt.
    I plan to become a journalist myself and an HONEST one.I don't appreciate the attitude of powerful and influential people who believe that ordinary citizens can be taken for a ride.

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  32. its true like you i hav doubts regarding raj deep's deep inside love towards congress and its open .... thank you

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  33. Another one from CNN IBN and in particular Sagarika. She is a symptom not the cause for this less than honest portrayal of certain individuals on the channel and by her in particular.

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  34. Wow. Didn't know CNN-IBN was capable of falling to such low levels. I mean this is BLATANT misreporting. Thanks for bringing this out.

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  35. FTN is the most annoying show of CNN IBN and SG is too loud and egoistic.

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  36. I have stopped watching all news channels.

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  37. The new way of creating slants in media debates in not by advocating a point of view yourself. That makes it too obvious for the channels to be exposed. What the Karans and the Nidhi's do is that they create a slant by manipulating the type of people they invite on their shows. If you invite Vinod Gupta, Padgaonkar and Kumar Ketkar on a debate on Team Anna, you pretty much know what the debate is trying to achieve. They don't even invite Congress spokespersons sometimes - their stooges take care of all their political positions by cloaking themselves under the garb of "independent journalists".

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  38. this is proof of how corrupt and depraved the media and journalists are. what a shame, I think there should be laws to even tackle the corruption of media. freedom of press does not mean freedom to show what suits their interest or what is their will. freedom of expression exists as an extention of freedom of speech. if people have to exercise freedom of speech they need true information. therefore press given "freedom of press" but when press is misguiding and deceiving people by showing false and baseless allegations, they have to be given strictest punishment. what a shame, shame

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  39. very well written, fair & balanced article..... I have never liked this channel in the first place. Rajdeep is always shouting as if addressing a majlis.... his bimbo,shrilly & irritating & and now crook--of--a--journo wife are just too intolerable to bear.
    As far as Barkha is concerned her show WTP should be renamed as BARKHA'S BARK......

    Asso. Prof. DU.

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  40. Most of these great souls adorning our TV channels have come from the Prannoy Roy stable ... who started his 'business' by cut pasting different sources on The World of This Week programme on Door Darshan, courtesy babus and masters in power. He never forgt to repay them by breaking 'unbiased' news ...

    On 20th January, 1998 Central Bureau of Investigation filed cases against New Delhi Television (NDTV) managing director Prannoy Roy, former Director General of Doordarshan R Basu and five other top officials of Doordarshan under Section 120-B of the Indian Penal Code(IPC) for criminal conspiracy and under the Prevention of Corruption Act. According to the CBI charge-sheet, Doordarshan suffered a loss of over Rs 3.52 crore due to the “undue favours” shown to NDTV as its programme The World This Week (TWTW) was put in `A’ category instead of `special A’ category.
    His proteges are carrying on ...

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  41. Not only creating slants, but splashing "news" across the pages helps media "take a stance" without seeming to. Remember the Editors Guild and Broadcast Association coming down on Katju like a ton of bricks? Wonder if the two "fronts" for big media houses will dare to take a stance against such frauds.

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  42. Shocking and disgusting. Once I was greatly impressed by Rajdeep Sardesai but soon it was over sooner than a hang over when realized the dupe and grey matter in his journalism. I never watch CNN IBN. Too materialistic world to handle.

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  43. sagarikaghose & BDUTT both are irritating & misguiding people. Better is to change the channel whenever u see them. #irresponsible Journos

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  44. Sagarika says channels do it all the time . WTF is this??

    http://twitter.com/#!/sagarikaghose/status/134581824289640448

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  45. INDIAN electronic and print media has just become PAID MEDIA so just dont believe it,
    for news just depend on social media.

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  46. I only watched FTN once and I knew that she was nothing but an impostor. I am kinda forced to watch CNN IBN as Times Now is no longer available on net and that is the only means that I have. :)
    Still I don't think freedom of media should be curbed, everyone should be free to say what they want. She may be tried for fraud(420) that's different thing.

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  47. I dont take a particular exception to the million mutinies mentioned, but I agree to the mediocrity of her views, talk and programmes. I think she is no more than a bimbo sitting up there.

    P.S.I watch CNNIBN, dont agree with their analysis always, but like Rajdeep's 9pm news.

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  48. Lovely article. My blood boils when I listen to Sagarika. She is hugely paid by congress, going to the extent of faking Sri Sri's voice is unbearable. Sri Sri must file a case against her. She is hell bent on show congress in good light, and anyone against their wrong doings are shown with false information to crush them.

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  49. I hereby nominate SG to the "Nominees for the 'Indian MediaCrook Of The Year' Award" ... I am sure there will be a tough competition in between SG and BDutt..
    #paidnews

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  50. I started and stopped wtaching CNN-IBN within days of each other back in 2008. Having a political slant is one thing, being the mouthpiece of corrupt and arrogant political party is quite another.

    If Sri Sri does go legal on this, I'm sure these guys would spend hours and hours of arirtime portraying themselves as victioms of a an attack on the media. And then, they'll also get Digvijaya Singh on air to do the hatchet job for them

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  51. When you have links you dont need to know the ABC of media.

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  52. i have stopped ..giving ears to the biased views of media....y listen to a paid journo....when my brain is awesome...

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  53. It would be my misfortune if I am to comment on her. God bless all of us.

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  54. CNN IBN n NDTV n NEWSX is awash in red the only reason they salary in crores is because of Congress funding.They are Congressi channels

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  55. Saagarika Goose ... ooops!!!... Ghose, what more to say about this insane bitch? We will degrading bitches, if you address her as a bitch, the most insane, frivolous and obnoxious creature one can dream of, she has only a handful of contenders for that coveted berth....1. Her bitter half 2. Burqua 3. Pronoy Dada 4. Vir Sanghvi 5. Void Mehta 6. Void Sharma....she is fast approaching in the race to clinch this coveted title....c'monn Saagarika, pip them .... c'monnnn....

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  56. Why we became so morally aware when Sri Sri was questioned? Why this awareness was not there when some other cases happened.
    Ex: Today I read in rediff an article about 'Why church is so active in Koodankulam protest?'. Nobody's moral awareness aroused
    Another incident : Some fanatics called medaia persons and before mercilessly beating some people because they worship some God other tahn those goons worship.(Video is still in youtube.). Media shoot everything instead of informing police.

    So moral awarenesss also cannot be partial. We look at religion, region,caste, background etc b4 protest. If it does not match with ours we are OK

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  57. This country has been hijacked by Con-parties and Con-medias. The sickness is all prevalent. It is time to re-vamp the country and restore our pride!! Bharath Swabhiman is so appropriate at this juncture!!

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  58. Raj'shit'deep u r now! Close ur channel! I always knew u were pro-Congress and showed paid news for them...Now we have proof!

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  59. This act is nothing short of grossly misleading the audience and hoodwinking them. In the rest of the world there is only one word for it - FRAUD! Given that CNN is the parent organization of CNN-IBN someone needs to get a good lawyer and file a suit in the US against CNN, it's subsidiary CNN-IBN and it's anchor and its Managing Editor. That will surely cook the ghose goose once and for all.

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  60. I am shocked at the alleged 'synthesised' appearance of Sri Sri Ravishankar on Sagarika's show.

    It is now Sagarika's turn to face the nation and to resign from journalism.

    She has betrayed the nation's trust!

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  61. CNN-IBN has cheated and mislead the public. It cannot be a bug as SG said. She welcomed and thanked Sri Sri at the start and end respectively and also asked him to comment. It was all planned and surely the panelists were also briefed as to what they should say.

    SG and CNN-IBN should hang their heads in shame. Do they have any honesty and ethics left at all? And she apologized at the end of FTN the next day instead of starting off with it. Shameless!!

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  62. Sagarika Ghose is a pathetic, mediocre media puppet. Nothing more and maybe and perhaps much less.

    I don't understand what everyone sees about that Rajdeep imbecile. He's a weasel of a Congress shill and lacks in intelligence as well.

    They consider themselves above scrutiny. We will see how long they last.

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  63. Clearly, we can no longer take for granted the objectivity of a scribe. At the end of the day, Sagarika and Rajdeep are only the loudest couple in the country having a debate in full public view on live(?) tv.

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  64. Worst and most biased newz channel .... They do nothing but fooling people of this nation ... There should be something one should do about this action and ask her a question ab kis muh se doosro se sawal poonchenge Shame on you both DIRTY couple

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  65. As expected, they have removed the video from their website.... LOL!!

    It is like erasing evidences to hide the crime...

    Now that they have just offered reluctant and meaningless apology and removed the video from their website, they will act as if nothing happened and all media crooks will no more mention this incident.

    If her tweet is taken as "confession" and "evidence" , then she so shamelessly exposes the dirty way media conducts debates and discussions.


    before she deletes her tweet i have to take the screen shot of it :D

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  66. Banning cnn-ibn is a natural response. But seems unlikely. The only thing we the viewers can do is lock the channel in our TV sets and vow never to watch it. The Bong bitch Sagarika has once again shown her true colors. Rajdeep, its a poor selection as a wife first and then as a deputy editor or whatever she is at that 'miya-biwi' channel CNN-IBN

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  67. You are correct...This was neither a mistake nor an error but wilful deception.
    SHAME..SHAME...SHAME
    Rajdeep, do the right thing and it is to sack Sagarika and all who helped her in editing this particular show. CNNIBN is out of our (6 families) viewing list.

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  68. THE BEST AND MOST EFFICIENT WAY TO STOP THESE LIARS IS TO STOP WATCHING THEIR CHANNELS. LOSS OF MONEY WILL SHUT THEM UP.

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  69. There should be one "eHonesty" group or site to nail all these culprits down in the larger interest of society and India! What do you think about it? Just commenting and leaving or forgetting the issue won't solve the problem itself. Let's dig out some robust solutions from common citizen's perspective and action pool!! :-)

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  70. Corrupt media people are more dangerous than corrupt politicians. Very well said. Shame on you Sagarika...

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  71. CNN IBN AND NDTV BOTH TV CHANNELS ARE TO BE BANNED.I STOPPED SEEING THESE UNRELIABLE GOVT. SPONSORED TV CHANNELS.BARKHA DUTT,SAGARIKA GHOSH,VIJAY VIDROHI NOW A DAYS ONE MORE CHANNLE IS INLINE STAR NEWS.YE CHANNEL BHI KEHTA ME IN SE PEECHHEY KU RAHOO.

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  72. the most cunning lady news reader of news fraternity,even worst than burkha dutt.these CNN-IBN, NDTV, IBN7channels should be banned.

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  73. It brings to fore the doubts that common people harbour for media!! To absolve themselve the Media should as a whole condemn CNN IBN for this!! Let common people know that the media who keeps all Public Figures under microscope also keeps the same focused on their own and would not hesitate to 'punish' the errants and what better punishment then debating the same in an open Fora!! Do others have guts to do it.. debate it live.. NDTV, Aaj Tak, Times Now...any one... dont think any one will after all People living in glass houses....!!!
    Regards. rkkarnani@gmail.com

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  74. I think sacking Sagarika won't be enough..
    A lawsuit of criminal defamation and character assassination should be filed against her.
    This would act as a deterrant against any such news in then future..
    Shame on you Sagarika

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  75. This is a usual practise in most channels, at least in Kerala where politians appear on different channels (in panel discussions) at the same time and all of them carry the LIVE super. Actually its difficult to make out which one is live, which is deferred and which is recorded. Viewers are being tricked most of the time during these useless discussions.

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  76. CNN IBN is one news channel I always choose to avoid, and after reading this, my reason is more than justified. This channel is by far the most biased(pro-Congress) and most mediocre of the lot. And Sagarika is anything but a loud gibberish uttering journalist.

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  77. ON 21/12/2012 [DOOMSDAY] ALL THESE CHANNELS SHOULD SUBMERGE IN THE DELUGE. ONLY HONEST COMMON PEOPLE SHOULD SURVIVE!!!!!!!

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  78. So Saggy proved to be shabby too..:)

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  79. Whole heartedly agree with this piece. Indian media houses need to be cleaned from the top. Sagarika should be sacked without any delay.

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  80. Sagarika is a nitwit who thinks she can get away with anything since her husband heads the channel she works for. Although media twist and spin news, edit out anti-Congress and pro-Hindutva comments,when a recorded interview is used along with a live debates, anchors have so far had the courtesy to mention it. Sri Sri and AOL should sue CNN-IBN for fraudulent reporting. A clear case of lies by omission if ever there was one.

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  81. Krantikumar DharmadhikaryNovember 11, 2011 4:27 PM

    This has become the business of all the media.Is it some thing to do with TRP?
    Col Dharma

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  82. >>
    ...recorded interviews are known as sim-sats and they are used in panel discussions with full disclosure to the participant. My show is a late night programme, it comes on at 10pm at night, and often panelists who are in far flung locations cannot make it at the time. Sri Sri was travelling in UP and it was logistically impossible for him to come to our studio at 10pm. However he had no objection to being in the discussion. Thus we recorded his views, obtained his consent on being on a panel (which was done) and asked the same questions as were asked in the recording. Thats all there is to it. <<

    A clarification.

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  83. My cable guy does not telecast CNN-IBN, IBN7 and NDTV. He says he is an Indian and will not promote traitors.

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  84. NDTV CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India . His wife and Brinda Karat are sisters.
    CNN-IBN:
    This is 100 percent funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches in all over the world with HQ in US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of its channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife SagarikaGhosh.

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  85. Good article. The journalists in India are living on sensationalism and character assassination of those who do not agree of their views. Take any news channel and you see the same people debating every topic as if they are the experts in the whole world and in know of everything. Its time for all these church/missionary educated journalists are thrown to bins. I wonder who gives these people awards... get those b******s first.

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  86. Hi, Anonymous,

    Please go cool man. I received threats for being aggressive. This country is no more democratic. If it can authorise a pistol in every individual's hand to shoot that public servant who is above his height in terms of his attitudue to social obligations, I mean I include the gutter mouths who have no love for this country. The pistols will abeg for bullets.

    Please be careful as otrherwise you will get stuck into jams from which you may find it difficult to get out. My heart burns when i say this. It is my experience. I curse myself for having taken my birth in this punnya bhoomi.

    What Arobindo says on this?

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  87. You can do better than either asking for a ban of CNN-IBN or stopping watching it. It's a free country, and people can lie if they wish. What you CAN DO, is to stop buying any products or services that are advertised on these channels. Advertising is their primary source of income and when advertisers stop advertising because of people boycotting their products, the TV channels will come to heel. Boycotting is the best, most democratic and most effective way to fight media nonsense.

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  88. sardesai... you are here to serve the country with proper facts & figures. pls dont fool the indians( & others). educate ppl with the your channel. you r here to show light to the innocents. keep away from such cheaappp airings. not sure what motivated you to do so......the entire nation feels ashamed by ur act

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  89. Our media is behaving as if they are Congress or ruling dispensation's workers. Apart from much talked about stories I would like to bring more shocking facts: (1)All the recent exposures of BIG corruption are not at the behest of media or Govt's agencies but at the behest of Judiciary led by Chief Justice Kapadia and Comptroller and Auditor General of India Shri Vinod Rai. I haven't found any debate on this very important topic in print or electronic media.(2)Recent cancellation of Smt Sonia Gandhi's inauguration ceremony in Uttarakhand was questioning of her authority by Chief Minister BC Khanduri.(3)Big political cheats who are cooling their heels in Tihar have not till date accepted their loot and co-operated with prosecution. Even this BIG discussion point is yet to find mention in our media.(4)The high profile jail mates like Amar Singh and Hasan Ali who are knowing every thing about large loot have not opened their mouths till date and it is clear that they have not acted alone. But our media has not discussed them.(5)Regular visits to tax heaven nations of all the political parties higher echelons without mandatory security checks at our Airports has been completely blacked out by our fourth estate of democracy.(6)Collusive nature of political class like facilitating each other's kith and kin to win elections by fielding weak candidates from say Amethi or Gandhinagar or many many numerous parliamentary and state legislature nominations has not been discussed by the business men in the guise of media persons.

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  90. How can I file a petition in court against Sagarika for this blasphemy against the people of India???

    I am serious and I would like to know the process of filing PIL against CNN-IBN and Sagarika.

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  91. Shameful! I had stopped watching NDTV after Barkha's Radiagate....now this...not many TV channels worth watching going to be left in India, if our "hounourable" journalists keep walking the thin line and taking liberties with the truth

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  92. Sack this lady and throw her in jail for defaming a respected spiritual leader

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  93. Barkha Dutt n Sagarika Ghosh...sabhi corrupt hain...unethical....they shud be punished..!!!

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  94. Chha gaye Ravinar!
    94 comments till now..

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  95. Shame on SG, shame on her abt saying all this was a bug ! She made an apology abt this but was used word 'bug' for a carefully and purposely planed act. Shame on her and thanks Ravinar for exposing her deeds.

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  96. The QUESTION posted in the screen was :

    SHOULD Spiritual leaders STAY AWAY from ANTI CORRIPTION ??
    Maximum people responded NO

    Towards the End, THIS MEDIA B@#$@#%$^ twisted the question by sayin ---
    WE had asked SHOULD GOD MEN PARTICIPATE in POLITICAL MOVEMENT ??
    and she happily concluded by saying that the maximum answers is a NO ------ WTF

    BTW what does she mean by GOD MEN ?? and WHATS STOPPING anyone to come into POLITICS ??? when CRIMINALS and RETARDS can aspire to become top leaders ???

    MEDIA is the BIGGEST THREAT to our NATION and Blame majority of FOOLS who simply Believe everything stated there.

    - Ajit V Gupta

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  97. how can he sack his own wife??

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  98. Guys pls don't preach to not watch these channels.This is what these media want.They want to attack the innocent and gullible people.
    Instead, we shd watch and watch more and catch any such errors.
    We shd start requesting SriSri to put a case on her.
    We shd complain here http://ibfindia.com/onlineform.php

    Time for Action..don't waste your energies by being just being angry.

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  99. This channel, like its other counterparts, is unmitigated bullshit and its journalists consider themselves know alls but actually know - - - k all about news. The channels are nothing but "dukaandaari" of news. They should all be dumped in the sea.

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  100. Dear author,
    There is no room for fiction. There is an adage I found in a tapestry in my friend's house reading " I am the boss in my house and I have my wife's permission to say so" But it is imperative to add that the media in India has become next scoundrels to our politicians

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  101. Any sensible Indian watching our English news on TV would see through the jokers that our anchors are. On top of the list: Rajdeep Sardesai, Sagarika Ghose, Barkha Dutt, Vir Sanghvi...all of them share the same characteristics: they all love to hear their own voice, have a shallow understanding of most subjects, liberally use of value judgments and pop-psychology, and pack their so-called "panels" with people who are as ego-centric as themselves and without a shred of self-respect while spouting opinions in the garb of experts. I don't know who watches these people - I certainly don't.

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  102. you write what I feel about the topics. So, kudos to you.
    Arnab Goswami is no exception. He & Rajdeep seem so immature that they don't want to listen to what they really don't agree to. Impulsive, immature, manner-less way of conducting debates with same few speakers is annoying & painfully ridiculous. They should learn a bit from international presenters. But there morals are corrupt so why would they care. In the list of most corrupt professions after Politicians, Bureaucrats, Police feature the Journos. God help India from such crooks.

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  103. Just to add about CNN-IBN. They were carrying false stories against Western Union Money Transfer. Headlines with typical ? mark at the end. They were forcing for a sponsorship deal with them as they had sponsored a NDTV program. When Western Union decided finally to sponsor their program rather than get false & negative publicity, they stopped airing that story. This was told to me by one of my friend who was the Director at that time in WU. Shame on you Rajdeep & Sagorika. You guys have no morals. Disgusting couple.

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  104. Both her and her F%^$ husband do not deserve to be called journalists most of the time.... they just love to create sensational news... whether fact or fiction - they give a damn... she is definitely worser than him and not sure where her brains are usually parked, maybe at the basement along with her car... since it definitely does not go with her to the studio when she is reporting!!

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  105. Sagarika tried to pull a fast one when she was an journalist with Outlook magazine. But Shourie cut her to size in no time. Read about the episode here. Its a classic plume in Sagarikas dirty cap.

    http://arunshourie.voiceofdharma.com/articles/19980627.htm

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  106. All this whining is useless guys.Time for action.What are the provisions under law for booking sagarika ghose? Most of her honest views are in grave contempt of court and religiously bias.The question is how can the law be used effectively against her? There certainly has to be some legal recourse for retribution?? Please brainstorm

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