In a strange turn of events, Kapil Sibal the Congress Minister, called the media “corrupt”. This was in Bhopal and must have come as a shock to our media friends. So far whenever the Congress was confronted with its massive scams they always pointed fingers at the BJP or the past NDA govt. Now they are so tired and frustrated they are pointing fingers at the media itself. This is like a love-story gone terribly wrong. But we’ll get to it a bit later.
Take a look at the pic on the left. This is not a scene from some mafia movie. These are Congress goons walking the streets of Kolar (Karnataka) on election-day on May 5, 2013 with swords and rods. This would intimidate any voter but our Election Commission recorded that polling was “peaceful” perhaps because the goons didn’t need to use the weapons. While some local channels in Karnataka carried a report on this, not a single national media house reported it. What should interest people is that there is a cop walking alongside these goons. The pressure of keeping off the hail of scams and misdeeds of the Congress is indeed telling on their media friends. The party and the govt hadn’t gotten past the Coalgate CBI affidavit scam and a new one broke out in the form of Pawan Bansal’s nephew. It is how our media deals with these scams that should be a bigger cause of outrage.
The media friends of the Congress, like NDTV, CNN-IBN and Headlines Today, and I’m sure quite a few other channels, describe the conduct of Ashwini Kumar in dictating the CBI affidavit to Supreme Court as “interference” with the investigation. Interference? That’s a mild word to describe the crime. It is actually “obstruction of justice”. And then the party itself describes the changes dictated by Kumar in the affidavit to be “negligible”. What will our media friends do? See this tweet from Pallavi Ghosh of CNN-IBN. Ever seen a bigger blooper? Why would anyone question a reporter criticising the govt, unless it’s her friends from the Congress party? But that is hardly what her channel does as we shall see. And then she complains that she is lampooned for defending the govt. Really? Since when is it the job of a reporter or a channel to defend the govt? This is what convinces me that those who call themselves journalists probably didn’t complete the right course.
And there is our “Numero uno” political analyst Rajdeep Sardesai. This pathetic editor wonders if a minister should resign for impropriety. Impropriety? That is all that it is? Impropriety? Even an ordinary guy on the street would call a thief a thief. But hey, it involves his friends from the Congress party whom he frequently showers awards with. Everything in the story of Pawan Bansal’s nephew’s bribery case indicates it’s a massive racket and a scam. Turns out the 10Crores bribe deal for a top job in Railways is because the position handles contracts worth 2000 Crores. That’s how the bribe-investment of 10 crores was planned to be recovered. Rajdeep (The English Lalloo that he is) doesn’t get it that top appointments in Railways cannot be made unless the concerned minister was involved. That’s not all. The assets of Vijay Singla, Bansal’s nephew, have gone up from zero to 150 crores in the last five years. To Rajdeep, that is mere “impropriety”.
When someone expresses shock that Rajdeep merely terms it “impropriety” he has an even more interesting answer. He says “Impropriety/ Criminality up for debate”. Is that so? So all that the rats will do is “debate” it? By what logic do the acts of AshwaniK or Bansal warrant a debate? This is where our editors have become puppies and doormats. What is truly required of the media is clear and strong condemnation of both AK and Bansal. Instead, they stupidly believe that if they conduct a debate they have done their job. Naturally, people ask embedded reporters like PallaviG how much is being paid because they suspect “paid reporting”. I have explained before that not all issues are matters for a debate. In the cases of AK and Bansal there is undeniable evidence of not only impropriety but criminality. Reducing their nonsense to mere debates on TV shows how desperate our MSM is to protect their friends? “Thoda Congress ke taraf se defend kar dena” as was overheard on NDTV sometime back.
The trouble with the news media being friendly or getting too close with the ruling party is that familiarity is sooner or later bound to breed contempt. Till a few years ago the media only had to contend with voices from the Opposition parties of covering up crimes of the Congress. They could easily cut off such voices. Now they are finding it difficult because the Social Media keeps breathing down their necks. While I have quoted Rajdeep Sardesai, the story is not different for other media celebs and the intention here is not to single him out.
On May 6 when the stench of misdeeds of AKumar and Bansal was still hanging heavily in the air another guy decided to go ahead with an expose on PSU banks. Doesn’t it sound strange? This is Anirudh Bahal of Cobrapost, the former Tehelka guy. The man has no record of ever exposing a single scam or misdeed of the Congress. Surprising, isn’t it? Considering that Congress is a treasure island of scams. While the contents of his expose may be genuine his timing is suspect and I have to wonder about the motive. Why would a cheap sting operator release his explosive story when the media is already burdened with two of the latest scams in Coalgate and Railgate? He would ideally want all the attention to his story and for it to run all day and night in the media. It didn’t look like that and the money-laundering story of PSU banks went cold in a few hours. Friends help each other, you know. Any distraction is gladly welcome.
Now that the corruption and its defence have become so brazen with the Congress they are now pointing fingers at their own friends and calling them corrupt. The MSM had this coming. Imagine, years of sleeping with the Congress, getting phony Padma awards, facilitation in funding and in the end the party calls their media friends corrupt. It doesn’t stop there. Livemint reports that the Parliamentary Committee on IT now wants to bring in a Statutory Regulator as a watchdog for the media. I welcome it only to the extent if the watchdog is a Constitutional body like the EC or CAG. No matter how much I condemn our corrupt media I would simply not recommend the govt ever appointing its own regulators for the media. That would be like two corrupt forces joining hands. We have already seen what the PCI has turned out to be. The PCI chairman is often busy attending ‘Mushairas’ with his Congress buddies.
On the political front the Congress brought in the Food Security Bill to counter the opposition to their scams. They suggested that BJP and others are “anti-poor” because they aren’t allowing the FSB to pass. This is trickery of the worst kind and the media should have called it as such. They won’t. Friends indeed! On May 7 CNN-IBN reported that Sonia Gandhi was against AshwaniK and Bansal continuing but MMS was opposed to it. Heard anything more absurd?
There’s a golden rule in the mafia: “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut”. MMS is a man who keeps his mouth shut always. The media is the mafia that followed the golden rule so far and never ratted on its friends in the Congress and always kept its mouth shut. Even in a very obvious case of criminality they want to “debate” the misdeeds of AshwaniK and Pawan Bansal. That is as stupid as any editorialist can ever get. Editors should have been demanding both ministers to step down instead of “debating” obvious crimes. Well, they follow the golden rule religiously. Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut. Now that their own friends are calling them “corrupt” it has come to pass that the media now stinks for everyone.