Friday, February 17, 2012

NDTV - Evolving The Gandhi

It is not as if it’s a big secret that NDTV has been the mouthpiece of Congress for a long time. Still, with the brazen manipulation of debates and excessive media coverage of one family they have now out-done even the erstwhile Russian mouthpiece Pravda. In modern days NDTV could even come close to the national media of North Korea. Of course, in all this all their journalistic principles have been ground to dust long back. The latest attempt to promote Rahul Gandhi comes in the form of a discussion moderated by Barkha Dutt (who else could it have been?) in a programme titled “The Evolution of Rahul Gandhi”. Hmmm! If the number of times the coming of age and evolution of RG has been talked about he would have far exceeded Darwin’s theories and expectations. Barkha herself could claim to be a Rahul-specific Darwin!

The participants in the debate by Barkha were R.P.N. Singh (Congress), Sudheendra Kulkarni (BJP), Neeraj Chaudary (SP) and Meghnad Desai, the floating alien who seems to be more on Indian TV  than back home in UK.

First let us state a fact. After the thrashing the Congress received in many other states, especially Bihar, Rahul Gandhi took the Mamata route to agitate at farmer hotspots and land related fights in UP. He has spent a good deal of time campaigning in UP right from November 14, 2011. Has he put in strong efforts? Sure, in terms of rallies, road-shows and meetings RG has committed himself to the campaign whole-heartedly. What about Priyanka? She has done her hit and run appearances. But did RG say anything substantial or outline any real singular plan of any consequence? Other than muslim reservations (which was dramatized more by Salman Khurshid rather than RG) and elephants eating money RG’s utterances, as in the past, have been simply nonsensical and not one statement or act of his have suggested that he has indeed come of age or evolved. He has only provided more evidence in all the media coverage that Congress still considers UP voters to be idiots. He’s not alone, he finds company in Barkha Dutt who equally hopes TV viewers to be idiots who can be dazzled with BS. So the agenda of NDTV is to somehow make RG look like the “Great white hope” for UP and the nation. So let’s analyse the debate on some mere statistics which will make interesting reading:

1.   The Barkha show is for 51.16 minutes. Okay! Now, it starts with a tribute to RG and the Gandhis and a monologue from her which lasts all of 16.40 minutes. Yes 16.40 minutes of monologue by the supposed moderator in a programme of 51.16 minutes (and includes about a minute of sound-bites from Akhilesh Yadav, Digvijay Singh and Swapan Dasgupta). Prelude to a great debate, isn’t it?

2.    Now what about timeshare to others in the discussion? Here’s what each one got in total:
       R.P.N.Singh (Congress) –          9.40 Mins.
       Sudheendra Kulkarni (BJP) –   5.20 Mins.
       Neeraj Chaudhary (SP) –           2.30 Mins.
       Meghnad Desai (Nobody) –       3.00 Mins.
       Audience (Questions) –              3.30 Mins.

3.   So the panelists and the audience put together got  24 minutes out of a total of 51.16 minutes (with interruptions from Barkha). So who got the remaining 27.16 minutes? Yeah, the supposed moderator herself! That’s how you manipulate a debate when the moderator hogs 53% of timeshare for discussions.

Never mind the discussion itself. It was a regular RG promo. Consider this: Kulkarni makes a minor point of RG tearing up a piece of paper and that being poor behaviour and who responds? It is not the Congressman or another panelist but Barkha herself who springs to RG’s defence. She counters it with all the chairs and mics thrown in assemblies or porn being watched by MLAs. Haha! So why does she need panelists at all? She doubles up as both the moderator and Congress spokesperson that even gets the most time in the supposed debate.

Anyway, the most important question in the programme came from Neeraj Chaudhury of SP. To the nonsense of Singh, and the Congress in general, who kept claiming they will do substantially better in UP, Chaudhury asked what exactly is “substantial”. To that Singh claimed they will get 200 seats and once again Barkha interrupts that even 70 could be substantial. Really? So the moderator here gives us an idea of what the Congress mind is more than the Congress spokesman himself. Once again, why does NDTV need a Congress spokesperson at all? The awful truth of the matter is that the party currently has 22 seats (5%) in a 403-member assembly. Can any party of a national standing really sink any further?  Even without the evolution or coming of age of RG or his entire family a party has to be absolutely pathetic to be doing worse than 22 seats. (RG did manage to do that in Bihar earlier though). However, the sheer number of seats being much higher than Bihar and given the unhappiness over the current UP govt it wouldn’t take much to get past 22 or even get past 50.

The final question the likes of Barkha never ask is: if not Gandhi, who? In a party that has become the private estate of the Gandhi family who else can really campaign for them? Digvijay? Chidambaram? Pranab? Manmohan? Pilot? Scindia? Bansal? Ambika? Manu Singhvi? Manish Tiwari?  Anyone else? At best, all of them put together can only be sidekicks to Rahul Gandhi. Even RG himself without the Gandhi name would be a sidekick to himself. All this talk of coming of age or evolution of RG is merely clever propaganda by Barkha Dutt, NDTV and some more media channels. Unfortunately for NDTV it’s not a hot-shot channel among a huge majority of UP voters. Their manipulation of evolution may just please those that have a mini-bar in their drawing room.


Update - February 19: Although the statistics in the post make the skullduggery of Barkha's show pretty obvious an Anonymous commenter (Feb 18) enlarges upon it. I quote the comment:

1. Even after the initial lecture by Barkha the Congress guy gets the highest individual time 9.40 mins.
2. The opponents of RahulG, the BJP and SP, collectively get only 7.50 mins which is almost 2 mins less than RPN.
3. The nobody, Meghnad, with no stake in the campaign gets even more time than a serious contender like SP.
4. Apart from 16.40 mins in the beginning, even during open discussions Barkha still gets over 10mins, higher than anyone else.
I think in future all debates on TV should have an indicator showing time consumed by each panellist that would show if the debate is fair.

111 comments:

  1. Sorry about the rather long comment. I am just thinking out loud here.

    It is not surprising that Barkha / NDTV is supporting the erstwhile first family. It is not even that they shed their journalistic ethos to shamelessly tout a single family as a savior of the country. Not to mention the reality where that family has supervised a massive loot of the country's public funds over the past 7 / 8 years.

    The surprising thing is that she still has a fan following. It is a fact that a majority of Urban youngsters go by what they hear in NDTV. Even hard core BJP supporters are swayed by the Goebbelian propaganda being spread by these channels. While it is true that the number of people who disbelieve, and dislike these channels / 'hosts' have increased considerably over the past few years - it is a fact that a majority of urban Indian population still does. And when it comes to the final reckoning of selecting a government at the centre, this propaganda pays off handsomely, as it did in 2007.

    And besides that, I wonder about this next point: what do they get by supporting the Congress? Obviously, if it is money - you support whichever government is in power, and they will throw the bones - yes, the BJP is no bunch of saints anymore. If it is influence that you want, ditto - good example was the nexus between Pramod Mahajan and Reliance.

    The answer that stares me on my face is so obvious that it is unbelievable - religious considerations. If that is true, then the channels should fess up about their leanings - a.k.a conflicts of interest.

    k

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I wonder when the 2G scam accused are behind bars why is she not behind bars yet for conniving, colluding and manipulating the players?. she has betrayed the nation (aka traitors..) and made a mockery of padma or whatever award she has got, nation is hurting because of people like her.

      Delete
    2. This is one of the best comments on this blog post.

      While the rest of comments have either spoken about their personal opinion, or have helped continue the discussion in a small way, this comment provides a rather insightful point for discussion.

      Delete
    3. THIS IS THE TRUTH OF MEDIA MAFIA CONTROLLED BY CONGRESS.

      http://myeconomist.wordpress.com/media-mafia-paid-news-agents/

      Delete
    4. True! In a nation where anti-Hindu has come to mean secular, no surprises from the paid media. Barkha Dutt all but burst fire crackers in the studio when UPA won. I do remember a show that was conducted by Nidhi Razdan before the last election. It was a young and completely Congress crowd and it was aimed at bashing up the BJP. I was shocked too, that all the audience were totally bought into the NDTV point of view.

      Delete
    5. You're right, most educated, urban youngsters listen to these debates but do we have a choice? Urban youth don't give a damn about Hindi channels like India TV & Aaj Tak who talk crap. As far as English News channels are concerned - NDTV is Congress' spokesperson, on CNN-IBN Rajdeep Sardesai has started a personal smear campaign aginst Modi & Gujarat and on Times Now, no debate is worth watching since the moderator - Mr. Arnab loves screaming at the top of his voice.

      Delete
    6. Time we ask those fellows who watch ndtv to shun news channels and login to twitter.

      Delete
  2. Evolution is Darwinian vocabulary. Rahul Gandhi evolution shows the vocabulary used by NDTV is in very poor taste or are they admitting the congnitive capacity of Rahul Gandhi. Very poor editing.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Great work. Do not stop for any reason. if needed we will always stand by your side.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I also saw the program. I fell the answer to all these non-sense journalists like BarkhaDutt, is sensible journalists like you only. We will support any new news channel with good ethics. Please start one.

    ReplyDelete
  5. I wanted to see the program but cut it off when barkha went on in the beginning about Rahul Gandhi's dimples.. I just cant stand her. I would ask what are RG's intellectual asset ?? He cant deliver a healthy speech. Totally incompetent as is visible from his actions.Twitter and fb are being controlled by the gove since 4 months. There isnt a single national news channel that is neutral in nature. there are just very few newspapers which are neutral. Where do u see india going from here on. I only see India moving towards a Pseudo-Democratic totalitarian society if not near to north korea in terms of political standards. It only saddens me that our country is filled with too gullible people on the one hand and utter sycophants on the other.. Hope NDTV and the likes get some sense soon..

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hundred percent accurate comment, the media crooks has become just pseudo socialist & secularist by promoting this crooked dynasty. they are responsible for 25 lakh crore black money stacked in Swiss bank

      Delete
  6. Rahul Gandhi proved he is dumb again when he tore up the list of names of his own party leaders in a dramatic way to fool the people to think it as SP manifesto. It should be seen as insult to the people of UP.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Barkha Dutt might block this blog. Can I copy the content of this blog to my blog?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. LOL. And might sue the blogger and commenters. Heck, I am surprised she did not sue the SC for pointing out the role of the media in 26/11!!

      Delete
  8. RG and his mother who hold the key to scam monies right from the days of Nagarwala,BOfars,2G,CWG etc. what else the paid media like NDTV will do - get the money and do business

    ReplyDelete
  9. Evolution of rahul gandhi? Was he an ape till yesterday.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You really hit the nail on the head. Yes even now.
      How can you have such a dumb person as a leader.

      Delete
  10. Brother, I admire your patience in watching all the Barkha crap and still be sane to write a blog objectively based on facts. You must be one patient soul. Neverthless a job well done!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Voting yours as the best comment :D

      Delete
  11. the way barkha moves her arms all over the place ,a windmill may get a complex, she generates 'wind' alright - hold your noses now !

    ReplyDelete
  12. CEO of NDTV, Sonia Singh is married to a kongressi minister in union cabinet. Doesn't that makes NDTV a congress channel? Why do we expect it be otherwise? Do we expect Sun TV to not act as mouthpiece of DMK or Jaya TV to be balanced to both the factions? IMO, we give too much importance to NDTV and especially to Barkha Dutt. Like the editor of Saamna, Barkha is too doing her job of keeping her political bosses happy.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. You've got a point. But the media outlets you mention are regional ones who don't carry out fake/fixed debates or pretend to be neutral. It is NDTV's hypocrisy that needs to be exposed over and over again.

      Delete
  13. I love your blog & of course ur twitter handle.. But 1 thing: the awareness levels of the aam admi is poor.. they are unable to see through all this farce..
    the fact that these *star* journos build an aura around them (eg: lakshya - movie) makes it difficult for common middle class folks to sieve truth from all this #paidnews...

    I say this from what i see around me.. the generation of my parents : who are in their 40s/50s.. who are not on twitter or have an opportunity to read blogs like ur's , will NEVER get to see the other side of NDTV or CNNIBN or the TOI..

    Why, even my good friend who was surprised when i spoke about barkha's double standards a few months back..
    is an active tweeple now & has been blocked by barkha, sagarika, rajdeep, etc was

    How much of the truth being brought out by you amazing guys on twitter & blogs reaches the millions who are being fooled by MSM?
    Eg: #soniaFIR trended & so did #CNNIBNLies... Am sorry to say that besides a few thousands who are active in exposing the media, none of my family/friends/relatives/neighbours/colleagues etc had a CLUE about it...

    All said & done, hats off to your patience, knowledge & perseverance.. Will share your blog on my facebook page which is full of ignorant & i-dont-care friends - most of them siculars... :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Deepika,

      Rightly said that majority of the population will not be aware of the facts. How many indians actually know the so called duplicate 'Gandhi' family.

      I used to follow up works of Subramanian Swamy. We need 100 persons like him. He is fighting alone. :(

      Delete
  14. Sir, you must now also enlighten us on the % of time Justice Arnab Goswami Howard Beale takes up in his debates - its got to be more than 53% I can safely bet!!!!!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Sir, adding to that, you also have to see wheher Arnab Goswami will be biased to one side? I guess he is not. Being a moderator sometimes they may have to spend more time to bring the discussion on track.

      Delete
  15. Barkha, radia, robert, raja, all "......"......................?????

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have got fed of seeing same panelists again and again for the last so many years. Are they the only people left in this world whose opinion matter or rest of the world has to be guided by their opinion or is their opinion prime.... They spew the same stinking thousand time repeated views on any given day... sic

    ReplyDelete
  17. What was there to discuss on evolution? It was one in million sperms that evolved into human being!

    ReplyDelete
  18. BJP should stop sending sudhindra kulkarni. He is no good

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I think so too. He is not fierce enough.. let's see them handle an Arun Jaitley.

      Delete
  19. Besides Anchors of MSM, there are lot of paid puppet who speaks (all) nonsense abt the Indian Corrupt Party. One of them is Vinod Sharma of HT. Few days back on Times Now there was a discussion on Gujrat SIT report where we saw likes of Justice Arnav Goswami, Vinod Sharma, Smriti Irani and few more. When Sharma was talking his usual bullshit, Smriti Irani just say that why panel needs Congress Spokeperson when Vinod Sharma is there. One should have look at the face of Vinod Sharma and the Justice Goswami. Sharma was unable to speak anything. His face looks like a live fish without water.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. ha ha ha...yeah he is another paid agent

      Delete
    2. Why Arnab Goswami and Vinod Sharma almost all moderators and penalists rajdeep Sardesae,Vinod Dua and don't forget Pankaj Pachaury (media advisor to PM) with the mention of Modi jump to show clips of 2000 disturbances in Gujarat even if the news is praise by Americans, Tata, Ambanis, his fasts, SDP growth rated in Gujarat vis a vis cong. (un) ruled states.They gain and awarded by Modi bating like Pachury

      Delete
  20. Dear Ravinar,

    1) I wanted to know if its impossible to file a case against these MSM's for converting these channels into mouthpiece of a particular party ?
    2) Don't we have any rules or laws which could drag them to courts for falsely projecting themselves as neutral ? 3) I am sure there would be abundant evidence to nail them. What makes them so invincible & larger than life ?
    4) Would the BJP after coming to power at centre show guts to appoint someone with discretionary powers such as Mr Katju to bring some sense to these bootlickers ?

    ReplyDelete
  21. Well common sense says for a party which didnt have any organisation on the ground, no cadres , zero interest in people, it will be an achievement if they get 70 seats. You can get 2/3rd majority in one go. On the other side is a party which will not even win 60 seats. I have been in UP for the last one month and have interacted with a wide range of people from upper middle class to the paanwalah. If BJP gets 60 seats they should celebrate because no one in UP even discusses them. They are non-entities now. My analysis based on hard facts on the ground is BSP will be the no.1 party but no majority, congress and SP fight for no.2 and no.3 position,( its a revival for congress) and well BJP will get 50 seats. Even upper caste supporters have left them for congress this time, BSP is losing upper caste which it had last time to congress, the OBC which BJP thought will come to them has not, it has been a gross miscalculation on their part. Muslim vote will be split between SP and peace party. SP is gaining tremendously in semi urban and rural areas. BSP has its loyal dalit votes but others like upper caste are leaving them for congress.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Your rant is totally off topic. This post was not about how many seats any party will get. It simply reveals a farcical show and debate by Barkha to promote Rahul Gandhi. It also reveals how BD manipulates debates and Congress gets a mention because of the element of Rahul being the centre of the debate. Please learn to read and understand before you comment.

      Delete
    2. Loneranger seems to be lone'deranged' on this blog

      Delete
    3. Yeah.. Dude Loneranger.. you seem to be another bootlicker.. The article is awesome and discusses something else. You are on a different train all together.. Till now the replies have been awesome for the first time for me. And then all of a sudden you surface. Get some life out of congress praising or grow one more gray cell.. I bet ur IQ will double.

      Delete
    4. That is why he is a "lone" ranger!!!

      Delete
  22. Perhaps I am missing something, but why does the BJP agree to appear on shows moderated by such journos? I mean, is it clear enough to them that they are ultimately beng used as bench fillers for congress propaganda. Furthermore, Is it not possible to start a pro-bjp english channel. Afterall, the educated psuedo secular morons will salivate at anything in english in this country.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, that's what I fail to understand. How is that a media-savvy party like BJP hasn't thought of starting a pro-BJP news channel. Every tom, dick and harry has its own channel. So what's preventing BJP from setting up their own propaganda shop? Why is that the party relies solely on unpaid bloggers and facebook/twitter activists to spread its message?

      Perhaps Ravinar would be able to shed light on his party's reluctance in providing competition to the Barkhas and Sagarikas..

      Delete
    2. Good point, but BJP is not "my" party and Im not a member of it. This blog is primarily anti-media corruption and deception. And there is content criticising govt or its officials and Congress happens to be that govt. But yes, you could say it's a right wing blog...

      Delete
    3. Dear Ravinar,

      Nobody who is responding this blog seems to be a paid one (some 'deranged' exceptions might be there). People responding to your tireless efforts here are disgusted with the highly esteemed, highly paid media stars and channels. Everybody expects them to be fair. Particularly after cover up post Radia Tape, every shining star is under scanner of right minded citizens. Keep up the good work.

      Delete
  23. Here in andhra pradesh, every media outlet (print, television) has a political affiliation. ETV for Telugu Desam, Sakshi is pro jagan, similarly TV9, NTV, TV5 etc. Perhaps the same exists in other states also. My point is why single out NDTV, CNN-IBN, Times NOW and other. Everyone knows that NDTV has congress written all over it. Something needs be done to silence these mouthpieces, not just in national level english media but regional media also. Also, During elections, are these really channels monitored & censored ? Is there there a law against propaganda against/for a party.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Roberto el SandrianoFebruary 18, 2012 6:59 PM

      The point is that at a regional level, every party has a news channel. So it pretty much balances it out. But at the national level all these MSM are aligned to congress thought process which does not bode well for the viewers as it does not present a balanced view. On top of it, most of these MSM fake data and display only the -ve news of congress opponents. Suppressing facts, feeding distorted viewpoints to the viewers is what these channels are indulging in for the congress, which in my opinion, is a crime and not just shoddy journalism.

      By the way, Sakshi is not pro Jagan. It is Jagan's.

      Delete
    2. Rather I would say aal the MSM are anti-India and anti-Hindu.

      Delete
  24. Wow! The time share study was great! I flipped through the channel when the debate was on but missed the opening part. Did Barkha really 'open' the 51.16 minute debate in 16.4 minutes? That must have been a record of sorts. Our loquacious, garrulous anchors, my, my! You made your point eloquently and tellingly - that NDTV is CON's PRAVDA. Please do keep up the good work. Even if the post does not make it to some mainstream newspaper or magazine, I am sure its worth is recognized in the Social/new media.

    ReplyDelete
  25. Sure it is evolution, though a bit different from what Darwin suggested.
    It is survival of the unfittest - please don't protest, our beloved PM has managed to stick to his seat for almost eight years! what could be a better example. :)
    Now you can surely guess the next step in this process of natural selection!

    ReplyDelete
  26. read this eye-opening article..
    everybody is related to some or the other way

    indianrealist.wordpress.com/2009/01/15/an-eye-opening-list/

    ReplyDelete
  27. ROFL! Barkha, the moderator, judge, panelist, audience, Congress spokesman (yes not a woman) everything rolled into one. What else explains 50%+ time consumption by the hostess! I guess it is not just doing Congress bidding. After Radiagate, it is her redemption too. How can she do it better than keep talking everything else except that topic? Deliberately throw in some errors (a red herring for diverting attention), garnish it with some threats (#barkhabarks) and here we go! Barkha as pure as Virgin Mary. For the records look at her tweets - especially during the crucial 2G related cases. Not even a whisper - but ensures she puts in something exceptionally diversionary. Therefore, it is not just a question of #paidmedia a maverick, sinister, crooked and dangerous character with criminal orientation. Beware! this is not a straightforward manipulative reporting. Bigger Agenda. But great Sir! You dissect information (false of course)dished out by these Stars of Media - beat the hell at their game (but with objective facts and figures). Count me amongst so many patriots as a great admirer of you! And Keep the great stuff coming. Hats off! Pranaams!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Amazing! The statistics are damning and indicative of how Barkha and other secular anchors manipulate discussions. Here are some of my observations:

    1. Even after the initial lecture by Barkha the Congress guy gets the highest individual time 9.40 mins.
    2. The opponents of RahulG, the BJP and SP, collectively get only 7.50 mins which is almost 2 mins less than RPN.
    3. The nobody, Meghnad, with no stake in the campaign gets even more time than a serious contender like SP.
    4. Apart from 16.40 mins in the beginning, even during open discussions Barkha still gets over 10mins, higher than anyone else.

    I think in future all debates on TV should have an indicator showing time consumed by each panellist that would show if the debate is fair.

    Well done indeed.

    ReplyDelete
  29. For evolving a Buddhu, one sperm is enough

    ReplyDelete
  30. Barkha Dutt is a right cow, my blood boiled when I heard the debate over the heading- Has india let down late MF Hussain. What nonsense, he has depicted Hindu's devi's naked and your heading is whether india bloody has let mr Hussain down rather than whether MF Hussain has insulted hindus's sentiments. Being a Muslim, why did he not depict islam in a bad taste, what stopped him doing that. I am a very moderate person when it comes to other religions but that debate was too much and beyond endurance, atleast its heading. Why could not she run the debate under the heading- has Hussain insulted Hindu's Devis and Devtas. This woman is real danger to our democracy and we should all boycott her.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. very true & very well said

      Delete
  31. NDTV is a channel whose past chief editor Pankaj Pachauri is now the media advisor of our corrupt PM

    ReplyDelete
  32. I wonder how much money NDTV and this lady is getting for all this services.

    No wonder Pranoy Roy is tight lipped on her, after all she is the savior of his failing company

    ReplyDelete
  33. Its long back I stopped watching NDTV for the same reason. Thanks for the detailed analysis. Keep it up.

    ReplyDelete
  34. I blame those political parties who just waste their time for the sake of appearing in a television channel. Cant they just understand that their comments are going to be edited. It is time for BJP to have some young blood on the top who really know the pulse of the people and do something for the party. Otherwise in another five years, there will be no BJP in India and I think this is what current leadership wants who knows that none is eligible for PM candidate just except Narendra Modi who is sidelined by national leaders.

    ReplyDelete
  35. So someone in the comments said , Youngsters get swayed to NDTV!
    But if not NDTV , then waht choicedo we have , CNN(Rajdeep and Dumb Sagarika) ? Or TIMES NOW(Too strongly opinionated Arnab) ?
    I personally prefer TIMES NOW! Would ike to know your choice

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I too prefer TIMES NOW.

      Delete
    2. I prefer regional DD news (at least we know that it is pro govt.'s (no false claims of neutral) and Internet. Also I prefer Daily Pioneer Internet Edition. Daily Pioneer offers balanced view.

      Delete
    3. I too feel Times Now is far better than CNN-IBN and NDTV. Times Now does not trivialise the issue. Its Editor in Chief Arnab is, i feel, the best anchor bcoz he does not give damn to any political party and conduct a straight debate on relevant issues. I did stop watching NDTV long time back for their being pro-congress and corrupted journalism. Among the print news The Hindu is best.

      Delete
    4. Of late , even TN has become a stooge of the CON's. There is a perceptible change in Arnab perhaps the CON's must have funded his bosses to finance the 100 Cr Fine slapped on them. He is now the undisputed " Numero Uno " boot-licker of the CON's beating his illustrious ex-colleagues Burqua Dutt & Wretched Dip Sardesai..

      Delete
    5. i like to watch TIMES NOW. but it's not my favourite all the time, specially when the tainted, buffoon Kumar Ketkar is on the panel. one point of Aranb which is commendable is that he questions the panel in equal sense, though sometimes they are impertinent.
      i used to believe HINDU is unbiased until I read a series of articles which marred NaMo and upheld Sanjeev Bhatt as 'Saver' or 'whistle blower'. the problem with Hindu is, unlike their name, they condemn HINDU religion a lot and of course, come what may , they are always anti-bjp

      Delete
  36. As I posted in many other places, my only question is "Did god sent RG or his mom to take care of Bharath"? It is only we Indians voted them to power. We are all intellectual heroes on the social media/blogs but when it really boils down to select a leader, what we do?

    ReplyDelete
  37. Nice blog. Keep up the good work.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Rahul Gandhi agar evolve Hua hai toh mere saath uski debate karwa do!! sahi bata raha hun .. usey wahin bhej dunga jahan se vo nikla hai! .. apni maa ko jaakar gaali dega ki mujhe paida kyun kara aur agar paida kar hi dia tha toh neta kyun ban ne ko kaha ;)

    Rahul Gandhi ki 12th class ka ek normal student waatt laga sakta hai in all terms ..

    ReplyDelete
  39. Somebody please tag this to the Wikipedia :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. I liked the way this article has been written. Explaining the time each person got on the show and thus showing how biased the media is.

    Please continue to expose this kind of media crooks. My support to you.

    @ the person asking the question "what we do"?:
    How many people do you think from the same constituency read this article? and how many people do you think from the same constituency saw the NDTV show?

    This is were intellectual heroes on the social media like the person who wrote this article comes and spread the awareness to the mass.

    ReplyDelete
  41. Dear , My Analysis here is not for Rg but for the congress as a whole. It has a peculiar character. Leave alone Lal Bahadur Shastry's and Narsimha Rao's small Stint and Dr Man Mohan Singh's UPA 1 and UPA 2 Congress is unrest and desperate to give back the throne to the Nehru Dynasty. They have waited for solid 25 years counting every minute and second to see RG to grow as an adult and mature to be able to become PM direct. And if NDTV is just helping them to achieve that (impossible) Goal then we should not raise our eye brows.

    In fact to swindle election (as they used to do in Pre TN Seshan Era) which helped congress to manipulate Elections by hook or by crook to stick to the power has gone by that is why they need help of NDTV. Otherwise NDTV had to take help of Congress to remain in business!

    But don't bother India has changed Now and NDTV cannot influence it . . .

    ReplyDelete
  42. Don't worry, as soon as Barkha Dutt starts her bhajan of Rahul Gandhi viewers switch to other channels.

    ReplyDelete
  43. It is sucha shame that there has been praises for RG( Raddi Gandhi)... On what basis.. Do they have any example of his governance, and participatio in framing good laws, taking active part in debate........ Nothing, Jus mere media coverage of eating in slums ....... Please barkha justify whta do u praise him for ......

    ReplyDelete
  44. Indian media is totally cropped because its depend on money and Congress is the main source of Income....

    ReplyDelete
  45. We can start a own youtube channel.
    Giving true news

    ReplyDelete
  46. Barkha is eyeing on "RS" seat in future from congi chors.

    ReplyDelete
  47. barkha "radia tapes" dutt ......would be getting padma award soon....

    ReplyDelete
  48. I saw this programme but as soon as I observed that she is infact made this programme for Rahul Gandhi which is obvious I changed the channel. Earlier I was fan of prannoy and Barkha too. Subsequently it is clear that they r just making programmes for congress without bringing real issues like corruption and I minimised watching this channel. Thanks to social media and bloggers for bringing out real issues.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yes, I was also fan of prannoy roy when he started World this week on DD some 20-25 years back. In those days I was a college student and WTW was the only resource to get International News, but soon I realized that WTW was just showing clips copied from some International News channels like BBC, CNN etc. and bundling as WTW. Just copying, no creativity and originality.

      Shame on all Indian English MSM.

      Delete
  49. I am not surprised at all by her actions, the Radia Tape has brought every thing in open about her. It is shame that a tainted journalist like her contnues to be in NDTV after that. I too have stopped watching that channel.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Absolutely right bro. Even Barkha Datt herself was involve in Paid News.

      Delete
  50. hahahaha... Liked : " Even RG himself without the Gandhi name would be a sidekick to himself"

    ReplyDelete
  51. Today, Most of the Indian Media are Gandhi's Spokesperson. Guys must read the link http://janataparty.org/sonia.html

    ReplyDelete
  52. I have stopped watching NDTV long time back - perhaps the last one was when a speaker of the calibre of Chetan Bhagat was not allowed to complete even one line in a show 'moderated' by BD and another corrupt and protecting all her foreign funds, Tavleen Singh interrupted to talk at every turn. If one had done some stats of that show, it could have been 70% TS, 25% BD and 5% others.
    Bring greater awareness about the NDTV like sloppy and biased media. Shun them completely. Literate youth need to be made aware and they should be made (forced) to go to the polling booths.

    ReplyDelete
  53. Watch IBN7 --Ashutos...and Times now -Pranav...I am sure NDTV ratio will go down in coming days...Remember people are more educated now...for example in pune no one is purchaing flats becase of unneccessary rate increased from pune builder lobby...

    ReplyDelete
  54. Bd must be paying back for letting her out of raja's company.

    ReplyDelete
  55. Barkha Dutt represents a class of Gandhi family ass licking "Respected Journalists." NDTV is nothing more than Nehru Dynasty TV (term not coined by me but read it on some blog and liked it a lot). It had ceased to be a News Channel long long long back and even in doing business, they are hopeless. If their "Babes" news readers can go out in flesh market (cannot go to any activity involving brains) then it can turn the corner and only then NDTV can become profitable.

    I had said in my response to an ealier post by Ravinar and I repeat again. BJP should be smart enough to hit NDTV and CNN-IBN where it will hurt them most. Stop going to their chat shows. And let it be publicly known that they have stopped going since the reporting/view is heavily biased. 3-4 monhts of such boycott will see their ratings (whatever left) in downward spiral and sponsors will vanish. Hurt them in a Gandhian way. This will ensure that other channels will work hard on objective reporting and will be wary of singing Congress Bhajans.

    Anyone from BJP reading this blog, think seriously about this. It will help you and the Nation in the long run.

    Very nice post Ravinar - I follow your blog regularly and I am glad that I do.

    ReplyDelete
  56. Guys,

    NDTV has been losing market share. It has stayed afloat by the money channeled from middle-east. BD is one of the most hated tv personalities in india. She gets heckled whenever she steps out of her television studio. (just google for 'barkha dutt india gate'). So don't give too much importance to what is being said on ELM. If ELMs had shaped the opinion of India then NaMo would not be CM today. Watch DD News if you are too irritated by what is on these 24/7 Breaking News channels.

    ReplyDelete
  57. Common man : chandigarhFebruary 20, 2012 2:12 PM

    Barakha Dutt. Ha... Ha... the " 2G fame " is a jounalist ??????????.

    ReplyDelete
  58. Its really a very disturbing and distressing trend that while paid media crooks continue to assault collective intellect of perceptive and sensitive society (I wont use the word EDUCATED), people in general have long forgotten how to rationalise.
    Its not always beneficial to jump to either camps of pro or against on any given issue. Its sad to watch a nation's intellectual reasoning and rationalising capability being totally hijacked, numbed and aborted by continuous bomabardment of inanities sponsored endlessly by today's channels/media.

    ReplyDelete
  59. I was luckily enough to stumble upon this blog a few weeks and have been a frequent reader since then. Thank you Mr. Ravinar for your courage and determination in running this site. Some questions, I would like to ask you, Mr. Ravinar. Perhaps you would be kind enough to offer your comments:
    1. Even after radia tapes have clearly exposed media politician nexus, why no criminal proceedings initiated against Burkha Dutt and others.
    2. Why does the BJP agree to appear on TV programs moderated by crooked and pro congress journos ?
    3. Why hasn't the BJP started its own channel or at least support existing pro BJP media ?
    4. Why does prannoy roy continue to employ burqua dutt ?

    Mr. Ravinar, keep up the good work. We are with you

    ReplyDelete
  60. The biggest question with which we are confronted is that how do we alert people (on a large scale) about such mainstream journalists?

    ReplyDelete
  61. The campaign against Modi will go down in Indian history as the most well organized, systematic propaganda in which the media, political class and NGO's all joined hands to manufacture opinion and facts. After 12 years, if you cannot find enough evidence to make him even a co-accused using the strictest of legal tests administered by the Supreme Court, leave aside convict him, then that says a lot about this shameless propaganda.

    ReplyDelete
  62. Looking at the number of comments, this blogpost is worth every bit of effort you put to bring the skewed reality of primetime News. I already said Kudos, and job well done. The commenters also need a pat on the back in taking time to read the post.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Well , I am always taken by surprise by the fact that how the whole of media paints rahul gandhi as a sole young future PM of india ... in reality a rapist in his own constituency .. LOL ... i mean media does such a great job as if he is the only who can bring development (lol)
    He enjoys life all the time in USA and comes to india only for elections and he is the young leader of india ... we even dont know clearly who he is really and what he do all the time . media has played a great role in projecting rahul gandhi.

    ReplyDelete
  64. Hey,

    I have no way of verifying this, and it might just be a conspiracy theory but someone like you- Ravinar, can and must investigate who really owns, funds the Indian Media. I recieved an e-mail from a friend which had the following details.

    NDTV: funded by Gospels of Charity in Spain. Recently developed a soft corner towards Pakistan because Zardari allowed only this channel to be aired in Pakistan. CEO Prannoy Roy is co-brother of Prakash Karat, General Secretary of the Communist party of India. Also, it is speculated that in 2002, in the aftermath of the Gujarat Riots, NDTV recieved several million dollars from NGO in Saudi Arabia to cover only one side (aint it obvious which one??) of the story.

    India Today: used to be the only national weekly which, once supported by the BJP is now bought by NDTV!! Since then the tone has changed drastically and turned anti Hindu(tva).

    CNN-IBN: Largely funded by Southern Baptist Church with its branches all over the world and HQ'ed in the US. The Church annually allocates $800 million for promotion of this channel. Its Indian head is Rajdeep Sardesai and his wife Sagarika Ghosh.

    Times Group: owned by Bennet & Coleman. World Christian Council does 80 percent of the funding, and an Englishman and an Italian equally share the remaining 20 percent. The Italian Robertio Mindo is (supposedly, but she has even been linked to Mussolini)a close relative of Sonia Gandhi.

    Star TV: It is run by Rupert Murdoch (News of the World and Sun fame), who is supported by St. Peters Pontifical Church Melbourne, Aus.

    Hindustan Times: Owned by Birla Group, but hands have changed since Shobana Bhartiya took over. Presently it is working in collaboration with the Times Group.

    The Hindu: English daily, started over 125 years back has been recently taken over by Joshua Society, Berne , Switzerland. N. Ram's wife is a Swiss national.

    Indian Express: Divided into two groups. The Indian Express and New Indian Express (southern edition) A.C.T.S Christian Ministries have a major stake in the Indian Express and latter is still with the Indian counterpart.

    Eeenadu: Controlled by an Indian named Ramoji Rao. Ramoji Rao is connected with the telegu film industry and owns a huge studio in Andhra Pradesh. Also a member of parliament.

    Andhra Jyothi: The Muslim party of Hyderabad known as MIM along with a Congress Minister has purchased this Telugu daily very recently. Source and width of funding is still unknown.

    The Statesman: Controlled by the Communist Party of India. Source and width of funding is still unknown.

    Kairali TV: It is controlled by Communist party of India (Marxist). Source and width of funding is still unknown.

    Mathrubhoomi: Leaders of Muslim League and Communist party have a major investment. Other partners, source and width of funding is still unknown.

    Asian Age and Deccan Chronicle: Owned by a Saudi Arabian Company with its chief Editor M.J. Akbar.

    Ravinar,
    The one who pays the piper, decides the tune. Its important to know where all the money comes from. In other words, who would want/benefit to see Sonia-Rahul in power.
    Hope to get an answer soon.

    -Raakshus

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Just a small correction about Mr. Ram. His first wife was a irish national named susan who came to India as a student. After divorce, his second wife Mariam Chandy is a Syrian Christian and is the niece of Dayanidhi Maran.

      Delete
  65. Hi Ravinar,

    This 'Anonymous' is doing a great damage to you. Pl do not go by him. He seems to be an idiot like the Khan in our MSN days.

    I do not understand why so much mails poured in for this article, which to me is nothing but an ordinary.

    This is an insipid article which does not require so much of a response. The world knows what is NDTV. That is all.

    It gives me an impression that you have hired gundaas, I mean, fake writers to boot your point. It amounts to self killing. Ravinar, my dear brother, pl keep off from the enthusiam that the number of 'anonymous' types of feed backs. Good luck.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Dear Emmarcee,

      I too feel the post may be insipid or ordinary and nothing special. I've done many of these posts haven't I? But the "gundaas and fake writers" comment is really far-fetched. And yes, I do remember our MSN days and the one thing from those days I might want to tell you is: STOP DRINKING!

      Delete
  66. Dear Ravinar,

    Now a days we hear a lot of discussions on MSM comparing Rahul Baby & Akhilesh. Similarities are discussed such as both are young & educated ??? with background of their Dynastic politics, etc etc. The real story behind this harmless comparison seems to be that somehow they are able to compare the otherwise failed Rahul with atleast somebody. Far Better than comparing him with a proven leader such as Mayavati or Uma Bharati !!!! Such Perverts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. you must checkout the credentials of your leader, if he had the oppurtunity to study, how did he fare in his exams, if one can not clear a simple graduation how do you expect him to be a leader.

      Delete
  67. This blog is nothing but a never-ending rant against the Congress, and a huge plug for the BJP. Wish there is more focus on the media's follies (other than the perceived pro-Congress stances of some media groups)and serious discourse on where Indian media is headed today.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. If you consider the farce by Barkha Dutt and NDTV discussed here as merely being an anti-Congress blog then you should have your head examined. Besides, you are also free to write your own blog and make it pro Congress if you want.

      Delete
  68. Very well, Mr/Ms Anonymous. You do not deny that this is an anti-Congress blog. There are media crooks of various political persuasions, but this blog can't seem to see beyond those batting for the Congress. There are an equal, if not more, number of pro-BJP crooks in the media.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Finally someone who seems to know the answer to my question. Can you please list a few of the so called pro-bjp crooks in the media ?

      Delete
    2. Being a pro-Congress or pro BJP is not a crime. Actually the real crime is when channels such as NDTV & CNN-IBN or News Corporations like Hindustan times pretend to be neutral but act as a mouthpiece of a particular party against another particular party. If journalists start propagating hidden agendas then they should also shed their bogus neutrality so that people won't be fooled. I sincerely feel Ravinar is not trying to fool anybody as he has already declared himself as Right wing supporter.

      Delete
    3. I agree Barkha is promoting Rahul. simple to be a PM first be a CM.Do not stake your claim just because you are somebodys son. serve your country, earn your credits and not swindle tax payers money. There should be a rule which bars any one from being in politics for more then 15 years. We should get new minds in every election and not the same drama of kissing your wife or mother in front of public.

      Delete
  69. ravinar, u continue to amaze me.. ur thoughts are clear n lucid.. good one! keep writing more.. u are doing a commendable job but i am afraid the no of ignorant ppl, even amongst the educated, is amazingly high n so far that stays, congress will continue with all the bad that's happening in our media.. the mtv generation, diligently fed on crap, has no time for thinking n analyzing! i will try spreading this blog.. lets see how many read!

    i will give u an example.. i recently asked a colleague which political party she supports and why? she said congress n coz of rahul gandhi? i again asked? coz he is good looking.. she said, oh! no, not coz of that.. "just like that!" but this time i dont think i will vote for BJP.. i persisted.. why? she said.. "dont know!" i "think" they are better than congress this time!

    so, unless our generation, becomes logically aware n can weigh their options n opinions n know the value of their vote, be aware n conscious, it would be very difficult to weed out the rot.. but our endeavors must not stop.. i have full faith that someday, good will happen.. thanks again for this wonderful blog!

    ReplyDelete
  70. Amazing read. Keep up the good work. It's people like you that's keeping everyone's faith in journalism alive.

    ReplyDelete
  71. http://ajitvadakayil.blogspot.in/2012/09/is-rahul-gandhi-fit-to-be-indias-prime.html

    ReplyDelete

Comments are welcome and are not moderated so as to allow free speech. However, comments that are off topic, abusive, defamatory or slanderous may be deleted. Comments disclosing personal information of individuals/entities will be deleted.Comments appearing here do not imply endorsement by author of this blog.