Friday, August 31, 2012

NDTV, CNN-IBN - News Channels Or New Threats?



Among 11 people arrested in Bangalore on August 30 for plotting terror attacks, 1 is a journalist. Does that surprise anyone? Among the targets is a columnist for a Kannada daily. Will the news channels talk about him? No! He’s not part of their “elite” circle of mafia wiseguys.

Extortion, blackmail, murder, national-security threat, ISI & Fai-funded, paid-news, the MSM has clearly degenerated to ‘India’s biggest Mafia. On August 29, 2012 two verdicts were on expected lines; one from the Supreme Court confirming Ajmal Kasab’s death sentence and another from a Trial Court in Gujarat convicting 32 persons for the Naroda Patiya killings in the Gujarat 2002 riots. The media dust-storm is gone so we can see a lot more clearly. In the rush to again call Narendra Modi a murderer, of having instigated killings etc. or to applaud the judiciary for upholding the death sentence to Kasab the TV media quietly buried a few important pages from the SC judgement. Those were the ones that slammed the TV media for outrageous coverage of the 26/11 attacks and went as far as implying the media was a national-security threat. NDTVand CNN-IBN must take a large share of the blame for the steep decline in news reporting and quality of debates on TV but other channels cannot escape the share.

Those in defence of our silly media over 26/11 always have the same question. Why didn’t the govt or MHA warn them? Even some journalists asked this stupid question back then. The tweet on the left asks the same innocent question. I have blacked out the ID of the tweeter as this could have come from anyone who doesn’t follow media that closely. My answer has been pretty much the same. Media has codes on ethics, has codes and guidelines on reporting from conflict zones. Nobody has to tell them to behave. These codes have been improved and modified with every major conflict across the world. The unfortunate truth is that our MSM simply doesn’t give a damn about their own codes. In most cases of conflicts and court verdicts these channels have been merely building drama around them and quite often on communal lines. Not only on TV but reporters and anchors from these two channels further aggravate issues by mindless comments on Twitter. Let’s look at how they handled the Naroda Patiya verdict.

Here’s another tweet, this time from the Social Genius quoting Mallika Sarabhai. You will normally find a small disclaimer at the end of articles in print and online media: “The views expressed are the author’s personal”. Umm… you won’t find that on TV so when SG quotes Mallika on what was already said on TV, one can safely assume she is furthering her own argument. Mallika’s statement is as comfortable a LIE as you can get anywhere. As a long-time resident of Gujarat I know that people here usually go about their life peacefully and hardly bother about the govt. I say that in a nice sense. They neither credit nor blame the govt for their success or their problems. Most Gujjus make their own fortune, misfortune or destiny as people rightly should. Mallika, for political pursuits, just insults them because she wants to see Modi in jail. When SG endorses that view she once again demonstrates her phenomenal abundance of ignorance and idiocy. The only hatred and prejudice growing somewhere are in the heads of Mallika and Sagarika Ghose and CNN-IBN as a whole. Spewing of mindless hatred gets passed off as debate. This is not a stray case, many such lies have been peddled over the years.

On September 12, 2011 when the SC sent back the Zakia Jaffri petition against Modi to the lower courts in Gujarat the Cacofonix was unhappy (See tweet). She demanded that the Lordships should have at least passed “moral observation” implying the SC should have put Modi on their lordly laps and spanked him. Well, the SC finally obliged and passed strictures that go far beyond mere “moral”. They commented about our shamelessly inconsiderate media being a security threat during 26/11 and more damningly stated: “The coverage of the Mumbai terror attack by the mainstream electronic media has done much harm to the argument that any regulatory mechanism for the media must only come from within”. That’s right! They have been largely behaving like an unruly criminal mob. Our corrupt media is simply incapable of self-regulation and does need an independent and autonomous regulator (I would not recommend a govt regulator though).

On August 29 after a Trial Court convicted Maya Kodnani, former minister of Gujarat govt, who does the media rush to? Of course, the AVFG (Automated Verbal Filth Generator)! This was the statement of Digvijay Singh: “We welcome the judgement of the Trial Court… No minister would act without the instruction of the CM… the minister acted at the behest of then CM Narendra Modi who is CM now also”. The media had orgasms over his stupid statement without realising Kodnani was not a minister during the riots. The concept of fact-checking is not a practice in a corrupt media. They are happy to peddle the lies fed to them, like mongrels happy with crumbs. Not one in the media has ever confronted the lies of Digvijay now or in the past. Given that AVFG had blamed RSS and even launched a book “26/11 a RSS conspiracy” the right question after SC’s judgement on Kasab would have been if he will apologise for his conspiracy theories. But that’s how media lies, misrepresents and deceives the public. You see, truth doesn’t pay as much as lies in the corrupt world of news media.

On August 29 again the same gang of usual suspects had a free run on TV. Thapar The Tool, on CNN-IBN, mischievously asked the question: “Dothe BJP & RSS have a hand in the Gujarat riots?” It is now a standard practice with the media to discuss 2002 and 1984 in conjunction. A rank outsider might even believe that 1984 happened because of 2002. Why are they bringing up 1984 now? Fact: For over two decades the entire corrupt media buried the 1984 genocide of Sikhs. It is only when social media started pestering them that 1984 started getting attention. H.S. Jhulka, a lawyer, has been fighting for justice for Sikhs since 1984. He pointed out to TheTool that historically govts have always been a part of riots but that in Gujarat the govt did not interfere with the process of justice while all the cases in the Sikh killings were buried by the Congress govts and offenders protected. Naturally, TheTool quickly jumped to another question to further his agenda. Just as they remember 1984 now, the media might someday remember the issue of Kashmiri Pandits maybe when ethnic cleansing happens in some other state in India. Assam is bordering on that.

Since the SC made its observations against the media on its 26/11 coverage many, like the innocent questioner in the first para of this post, have also asked why the comments are being taken to be directed against NDTV. Sure, SC has not directed their comments against any particular channel. But from what I know and what has been reported elsewhere NDTV was the only Indian channel which was broadcasting in Pakistan at that time. And then it is also not possible to deny the histrionics of Barkha Dutt during the whole tragedy. Chetanya Kunte’s blog which called Barkha’s reporting “Shoddy Journalism” naturally seems vindicated.  His post clearly reflected accurately on the kind of journalism practiced by both Barkha Dutt and NDTV. But has NDTV learned anything? Nothing! And then they sue TAM for loss of ratings and viewership.

Here are two images from the website of NDTV. Reporting the Godhra verdict in March 2011 it reports 63 acquitted in the case. In the August 2012 Naroda Patiya verdict it reports 29 let off. Naturally, people are seeing through these double standards and blatant communalisation of reports. When Muslims were not found guilty they use the term “acquitted” and in the Naroda case it’s “let off”. Now what exactly does “let off” mean, that the judge set them free despite guilt being established? NDTV has been a serial offender of journalistic ethics and in a new media order citizens must be allowed to file petitions for such criminally biased and misleading reports. A channel that still retains a media celeb caught lobbying with PR agents in Radiagate is hardly an epitome of “independent and honest” as NDTV keeps shouting from the rooftops. Manipulated headlines, manipulated debates… the limits of indecent journalism have already been crossed long back.

From August 27, 2012 NDTV has been running a series called ‘Mid-term polls’. This touches upon politics, some forecasts and like the ‘GreatestIndian’ nonsense on CNN-IBN it also lists greatest actors, actresses and if India should be pro America or not etc. I wonder what’s coming in the remaining parts…  Greatest blacksmiths, vampires, soothsayers, pickpockets, jugglers…  On the August 29 episode Prannoy Roy was busy discussing Priyanka Vadra and if she should get into active politics. For effect they will refer to her as Priyanka Gandhi when it is politically convenient. Pathetic propaganda! Unfortunately, the panel also included a respected journalist like Swapan Dasgupta. I guess even he is happy being reduced to a comedian in the NDTV circus. I wonder why the sudden polls, greatest and all that? Coalgate? MotaMaal? Maybe! But the polls also brought out something absolutely stupid: A question on who are the nicest people in India. Please read that as which state has the nicest people in India. You might also expect which state has the most criminal people in due course.

The result of this stupid poll has Uttar Pradesh as having the nicest people in India. If you shoot yourself in the foot or head after viewing the pic, please don’t send the bill to me, send it to NDTV. Mind you, ordinary people in every state are really nice. But a state which has the tag of ‘Goonda Raj’ is the nicest? My point is Goonda Raj doesn’t mean just govt. The Goonda-giri has to be carried out by a lot of people on the ground or foot-soldiers. As a person who has visited many states, cities and far corners of India I can vouch for the fact this is an absolutely idiotic poll. Kerala is the second nicest? Nobody says one is nice or other is nicer but what does it say of a report in ThePioneer immediately after NDTV’s stupid poll? The report titled “Not a paradise for outsiders” (about Kerala) doesn’t make great reading. So where does NDTV do its mindless surveys?

This frivolous poll is clearly reflective of the divisive agenda of NDTV. Now, apart from the rankings look at the fine print at the right-bottom corner of the image. Readers themselves have given a thumbs-down to the poll (1655 to 694). This is a supposed national news channel indulging in petty gimmickry and is proof that news channels can’t stand their ground without resorting to selling gimmicks and Bollywood trivia. So what exactly is NDTV’s agenda here? Clearly divide the country and its people more and more through spurious and mindless polls. That’s doing the politician’s job, not a news channel. As good as a threat to the nation! And then these channels accuse politicians of polarising the people.

Behind the ‘excuse’ and facade of news our MSM could well be entrenched in activities that would do any mafia proud. Chetanya Kunte merely stopped at calling it “shoddy journalism”. Subsequent events and incidents and finally the SC’s observation clearly indicate the MSM is actually a serious national security threat. That’s worse than just being the mafia. 
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20 comments :

  1. Dear Ravinar,

    I am completely at loss of words. Such anti national channels are allowed to run for decades even after proven guilty is only because of backing of our favourite secular party. JAI HO!!!!!!

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  2. These programmes are so irritating. But still I see them, only to ensure that I get their perspective. When I read your articles, the feeling that I had when I saw the programme are very neatly expressed and it gives me a great sense of satisfaction that there are so many people like me who are fed up with the non sense that these channels feed. Infact yesterday's programme on mid term polls was so artificial.

    I had a lot of respect for Prannoy Roy as a student when World This Week used to be telecast. All that has been wiped out because of bad programmes (or false propaganda)? No wonder ratings are down (why blame TAM or WPP)!!

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  3. Sometimes I wonder why these intelligentsia is not as worried as I am after articles such as "Why Blame Others When Hindus Themselves are Cowards?" ( http://bit.ly/T0MoB6 ). Do not they worry about the kind of India that will be left behind for their kids?

    Being in control of powerful medium, they should be more worried than individuals like me.

    Surely, these Editors must be check-up for their mental health. In the meantime, not sure what can we all do.

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    1. Hindus are not cowards. no. but sure we are divided. what is the definition of coward when they apply this term to hindus? we send our children to army and ias and police, doctors to serve the nation. we are not like the "major minority", the desciples of which(most of them) are busy taking the cuntry 30 years back every day. the politicians are the ones who make us look like cowards because the more there are divisions, the greater size of politics can be played.

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  4. Super analysis .....
    "....and in a new media order citizens must be allowed to file petitions for such criminally biased and misleading reports"....
    you are damm correct when you say this ...... I wish with the guidance of senior persons (like Mr.Subramanyam Swamy , Mr.Ramjetmalani and others ) we (people who share similar opinion on corrupt media) should join hands and work on doing something to make it happen .....
    Keep up ur good work Ravinar......

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  5. Comment through email by a journalist from Kolkatta:

    This is BB from Kolkata. I am a 26 year old freelance
    journalist. I recently came across your blog and I have to admit I was completely blown away. I have become your ardent fan in just a week! Man, the way you express and the detailing you do in every post. Simply superb.Someone like me needs to learn a lot from you, which I admit I already am.

    I will say this, that yours has been the best blog that I have ever come across. Though I have a blog of my own which I maintain but you are simply amazing. The topics that you cover, each and every one of them are exactly the things that I have been feeling these many years. But never saw anyone so vociferously write about it. Hats off to you. This is exactly what I had been looking for such a long long time. I thank my stars that I found you
    out.

    Please do keep writing the way you are. It would inspire many like me. I am spreading the word of your blog to many who think alike. Keep going..We are with you..!!

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  6. another common tactic is use "outfit" for RSS and others while "organisations" even for Al qaeda and taliban

    comparing taliban which routinely beheads people and Bajrang dal - which has at most vandalised valentine day cards selling shops..and mentioning them in same line is another media favorite

    then all hindu religious leaders are called "godmen" and any picture of kumbh or any hindu festival "hindu devotees"...but in case of Muslims they are all holme men or revered and devotees is never prefixed by Muslims..these are all silent ways of setting the agenda

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  7. I second your opinion on NDTVs 'let-off' and 'acquitted' headlines. These channels are so called English Media just for namesake. I doubt if the writers even know proper news reporting. It is not just about how you get your grammar right, you must also be impartial, unbiased and intellectual in choosing the right words.
    Damn !!!
    The whole of MSM surely calls RSS/BJP Hindutva/Right-Winged ... well buddies, something's gotta be 'right' about them.

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  8. i am from kerala...i ,ust say that kerala is fast becoming a paradise for muslim radical outfits like popular front of kerala..the state is governed by a communal party like indian muslim league along with congress...matters are really worse here...

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  9. I think the best way to check the stupid anti-national activities by NDTV and CNN-IBN channels is to boycott these channels. Let their TRP ratings nosedive.
    I personally have stopped watching these two channels since last two years. As more and more Indians boycott them, they will learn eventually.

    Let us not forget that during 1905 to 1912, we Indians had forced the British Govt to rollback the first partition of Bengal, with the effective use of boycott strategy and had boycotted all british goods and switched to swadeshi. This had severe impact on Britan's business and Britush Govt was forced to retreat.

    So my point is boycott is a very effective strategy and we Bharatiy Nationalists must use it successfully.

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  10. in her article in the sept 10 issue of outlook sagarika ghose writes-In India, if freedom is interpreted as the majority’s right to call the Prophet or Jesus outrageous names, then our harmony will descend to anarchy and only fascism will be seen as deliverance - i would tell her -sorry,you write what you think .it betrays your rabid hatred of hindus in general and your wretched mindset in particular.a large majority of hindus do not think the way you do and would never denigrate other religions as you think .you truly are a crass act..it seems you are as bad as those you vilify.peace

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  11. Solid Blog!!..
    and the moment there is something against Modi look how media started to air it 24 hours every day after the verdict, constantly targeting Narendra Modi calling him mass murderer and many other things where they forget the clean chit by SIT given to Modi..!!
    Where was this media when there was technological development in Gujarat? Not even single media gave any reaction to it.
    This clearly shows that Media is deliberately reporting biased views and spreading false message throughout the country.
    This whole Naroda Patiya Verdict shadowed the real reason which was Godhra Train Riot.
    No media is ready to even report about it on National TV.

    Infact take the recent case..Protest that happen in Mumbai recently by Raza Acadamy every one could clearly see that it was Muslim mobs who burnt and tried to create havoc but no media even utter a word against Raza acadamy and muslim protestant.
    Everything was pushed down in just 2 days.
    Why Media didn't protest and aired for months like they do in other cases when there is anything against media person?.
    If someone said even slightest thing against media person this same media will air it for 10 to 15 days daily believing attack on Media.
    There is definitely something wrong in the media world.
    Someone is deliberately pushing their own agenda rather than doing fair reporting.
    Why Media is afraid of calling the Bangladesh invaders as Bangladesh Muslims who are continuously killing our brothers in Assam?
    No Media person has even a dare to expose the illegal conversion happening in south India.
    Media has become the biggest medium to brainwash the people in to someone's devil agenda.

    Media has become a paid puppets of Giant MNCs.
    Until and Unless there is some strong bill to control this puppet media, people will always be far away from TRUTH.

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  12. One cannot understand either good or evil without experiencing it. These programs are definitely useful to experience and understand the "other side". Under the guise of opinion polls Pranna Roy becomes prime negotiator for congress. He repeatedly asks (actually tells) Akilesh yadav "you will not support BJP! You will not support BJP!" The we have great Barkha virtually blackmailing Mr. Jaitely in coalgate. She asks "what about BJP ministers, will they resign?" "what happens to industry sentiment", "what happens to the banks that lent money to coal block allotees?" so on
    (Not exact wording). Of course, there is no need to list all those NDTV anchors questioning actions, recommendations, allotments pertaining ONLY to BJP.

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  13. I was frustrated with the MSM and was pondering the possibility of a blog along the lines of this one. However the lack of literary skills and such control of SM as you clearly seem to possess kept me procrastinating. The more I delayed the more frustrating it got. Some extreme action was required from my end and I prayed to God to inspire me with a creative way to bring out the snakes (read MSM Journo’s). I switch on my laptop and Google “Media Bastards” and lo and behold I stumble upon this Blog as if by divine purpose (and they say God Does not exist). This Blog is an absolute expression of my thoughts. For example I was watching the Newshour on Times Now last night and was extremely frustrated at the way Arnab was trying to silence Piuysh Goel of the BJP who had come prepared with relevant data and moving on to Sandeep Dixit and Salman Khurshid who were offering the age old generic “Hame dekna Hai speech” which the Congress has now perfected to a fine art. I would also like to take this opportunity to tell and BJP high command that the only chance that you have of getting to Delhi is if you project Modiji as PM and if you have a candidate in all 572 constituencies otherwise forget it…Dellhi Door hai. For all of us Indians if Modiji is projected as PM, Hindu’s must vote as a block. Even if 25% – 30% of us vote for Modiji expect a shakeup In India and a march towards Superpowerdom (by the way I voted Congress in the last election)…..Jai Hind

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  14. I was frustrated with the MSM and was pondering the possibility of a blog along the lines of this one. However the lack of literary skills and such control of SM as you clearly seem to possess kept me procrastinating. The more I delayed the more frustrating it got. Some extreme action was required from my end and I prayed to God to inspire me with a creative way to bring out the snakes (read MSM Journo’s). I switch on my laptop and Google “Media Bastards” and lo and behold I stumble upon this Blog as if by divine purpose (and they say God Does not exist). This Blog is an absolute expression of my thoughts. For example I was watching the Newshour on Times Now last night and was extremely frustrated at the way Arnab was trying to silence Piuysh Goel of the BJP who had come prepared with relevant data and moving on to Sandeep Dixit and Salman Khurshid who were offering the age old generic “Hame dekna Hai speech” which the Congress has now perfected to a fine art. I would also like to take this opportunity to tell and BJP high command that the only chance that you have of getting to Delhi is if you project Modiji as PM and if you have a candidate in all 572 constituencies otherwise forget it…Dellhi Door hai. For all of us Indians if Modiji is projected as PM, Hindu’s must vote as a block. Even if 25% – 30% of us vote for Modiji expect a shakeup In India and a march towards Superpowerdom (by the way I voted Congress in the last election)…..Jai Hind

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  15. THIS IS A SUBSET 31ST AUG 2012-- NDTV, CNN-IBN - News Channels Or New Threats?

    WRT TO JAYARAJ RUNNING DOWN KERALA (report in The Pioneer immediately after NDTV’s stupid poll? The report titled “Not a paradise for outsiders” (about Kerala) )

    oh yeah?

    after the sikh riots in 1984, when the whole of india burned sikhs were safe only in kerala.

    when the jews were persecuted all over the world , they found refuge only in kerala?

    when hindu muslims riots kill all over india, kerala is an oasis of peace.

    keralites are NOT stupid enough to be taken for a ride by migrant workers. they come on their knees and once they get a toe hold, it comes a case of "give an inch, take a yard"

    in kerala we do NOT even encourage foreign tourists--like in goa. i guess we are perceptive enough, not to go for short term gains.

    today goa is run by Jewish russian mafia- -most MLAs , police officers and judiciary are in their pay roll. punch into google search JEWISH RUSSIAN MAFIA- VADAKAYIL

    who is the jayaraj character?

    punch into google search BRIEF HISTORY OF KERALA, GODS WON COUNTRY- VADAKAYIL


    capt ajit vadakayil
    ..

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  16. Times Now is the worst channel and you talk of NDTV and CNN IBN. According to Radia Tapes, Arnab was handed over 500crores! Now where is this news? And talking about quality of debates, the one who is the host is taking clear sides, interrupting and bullying - you call that journalism? Times Now is probably the best channel in this article because its a TOI article!

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  17. Times Now is the worst channel and you talk of NDTV and CNN IBN. According to Radia Tapes, Arnab was handed over 500crores! Now where is this news? And talking about quality of debates, the one who is the host is taking clear sides, interrupting and bullying - you call that journalism? Times Now is probably the best channel in this article because its a TOI article!

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