Sunday, February 23, 2014

The Surrogate Interview



For many reasons I cannot disclose many intricate details in this post but I will offer enough for readers to ponder. Surviving online with some kind of news outlet or media-watch site is a tough job. Some like Firstpost may be well-funded and have the access of Network18 to rely upon for content and distribution. Don’t know how Rediff does but it has online shopping business too. Sites like NitiCentral have to rely on limited access to news networks. Last year a satire site had to bite the dust and merge with an MSM branch to survive. Many have to make compromises that are forced entirely by their grim financial situation. You know, like the old boxing mafia in the US used to do. They fixed matches, up and comers were forced to take a dive and promising careers were killed. Here’s half a true story:

My night. I could've taken Wilson apart that night. So what happens? He gets a title shot outdoors in the ballpark, and what do I get? A one-way ticket to Palookaville. I was never no good after that night, Charley. It was like a peak you reach, and then it's downhill. It was you, Charley. You was my brother. You should've looked out for me a little bit… You should've taken care of me just a little bit instead of making me take them dives for the short-end money. You don't understand. I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let's face it”.

"The medium is the message" said Marshall McLuhan meaning that the form of a medium embeds itself in the message, creating a symbiotic relationship by which the medium influences how the message is perceived. If you tune into TimesNow or CNN-IBN or NDTV or an online site like Newslaundry you know pretty much what you’ll get. You know NDTV is alleged to have indulged in financial frauds and indirectly “facilitated” their IT assessment officer for “speedy disposal” (as the DLF chairman calls it). We have also seen the propaganda, plagiarism with fake videos and fake reports, fake tweets to support lobbying on some issue and even outright lies by some of them. Take a look at this:
 
So the crooks at NDTV believe “guilty by association” is legitimate news reporting. Of course, this is couched in clever trickery of not being inaccurate but the tweet by India TV exposes what the scumbags and scumbaginis at NDTV really are. They don’t miss even a remote chance to tar and malign Narendra Modi. So that’s what brings us to the question: why would Narendra Modi appear on a show in which this corrupt channel is a media partner? The answer isn’t simple. The other two associates of this event are Facebook (FB) and Newslaundry (NL). Who initiated this event is not clear to the public but based on evidence we have to assume since this is a social media event it is a Facebook event. But chances also are that the event was “concocted” in association by one or more of the partners or their PR brokers. The event is called “Candidates 2014” and is supposedly …. Well take a look at what NL said:


NL first put up a page that said (as in the first para of text) “Madhu Trehan interviews prime-ministerial front-runners”. Ha! What a scam! It included the convict Lalu Prasad who can’t even contest elections and others were Modi, Mamata Banerjee, Arvind Kejriwal and Akhilesh Yadav. So people pointed out this blooper and a few hours later this was changed to “… top contenders”. Top contenders for what? The speaker’s position in the next LS? The silliness of the new title seems lost on NL. Notice that under the text it says “You can be the first to comment” and that is in the revised page. For some reason NL deleted around 90 comments that I had seen when the page was first up on February 20. They even put up a notice saying comments for the thread are closed as the pic on the left shows. If everything is clean and transparent why all this skulduggery?

Kanchan Gupta, who heads NitiCentral, put out this a tweet and stated it’s an open event and anybody can broadcast and Niti too will broadcast. That was enough to start a scramble between the advertised partners of the event and that’s where the fun part starts. Here is an exchange between KanchanG and Barkha Dutt (who else could it have been?):

So the group editor of NDTV says “from what I understand” they are exclusive broadcast partners. The last tweet above from KanchanG says he heard differently (in another tweet he mentioned from Modi’s office) that it was a FB event and that he will be broadcasting it anyway. Elsewhere, Vikram Chandra, the usually amiable guy from NDTV, had a clear indication of what anyone else broadcasting the event would tantamount to:

Okay, so VikramC says it would be piracy. FB’s also said NDTV and NL are partners in this grand event. However, press releases weren't all that clear. So let’s now get a bit more into this puzzle.
 

On being asked about this deal and why others can’t broadcast, Abhinandan Sekhri, a founder and investor in NL, has this answer as shown in the tweet. Oh yeah! “Not sponsored by anyone… tu nahi samjhega”. So according to AS it’s an NL-FB event and NDTV is the “partner”. Err… “Tu nahi samjhega”! I agree with that part. Nobody understands. AS is an AAP member and the same arrogance that runs through AAP statements runs through this guy’s dialogue too. AS is the one who actually runs NL. Everything in NL is managed by him. Madhu Trehan just does her ‘Clothesline’ once a week or so. AS is also a vendor for NDTV. He runs a firm called ‘SmallScreen’ which produces videos, animations and scripts for many clients. So, without a doubt, AS is a talented guy and the animations and sketches you see on NL mostly come from him and, evidently, his team from SmallScreen.

Like I said in the beginning, it is hard to sustain an online news or satire site in India. Madhu Trehan has often asked the question on whether they should seek sponsors or subscriptions from viewers. I don’t think the subscriptions route worked all that well. So it is likely that NL didn’t have a sustainable revenue model. Remember, this was supposed to be a media-critic and analyst. NL did that job pretty well; bringing out the hypocrisies, ironies and idiosyncrasies frequently. It also did a fine job on putting some of the media celebs on the mat in its interviews. All this was under the heady tagline “Sab ki Dhulai” (Washing everyone or thrashing everyone – depending on how you read it). But looks like they finally ran out of detergent. NL has now gone the MSM way partnering a channel with allegations of corruption and financial fraud.

The change at NL was visible about 10-15 days ago I think. Their site was down for maintenance they said and then it came up in a new avatar and design. What struck me most was a stingingly spiteful article against Tarun Tejpal’s “rape victim” on Valentine’s Day. The writer poured scorn on the victim and made out Tejpal to be the victim of her malicious campaign sort of. Cleverly, as with other MSM morons, the writer of this spiteful and hate-filled article calls Tejpal’s prey “MsTehelka-Assault-Victim”. Astonishing! Why is she Tehelka’s victim and not Tejpal’s victim? Is this the honest discourse Madhu Trehan had promised NL readers? But then Madhu was always an MSM member. Some things don’t change. The name of the author of that article? Nirupama Sekhri! Nice! So that should tell you how NL is now following the “Tejpalisation” of media. Tejpalisation essentially involves reckless writing, writing propaganda for one particular party and their friends and slowly turning a rape victim, in the case of a media celebrity, into the offender. NL as you knew it is over. As a reader points out “Get used to it”! How did this turnaround or compromise happen? It’s not very hard to guess or should I say “Tu nahi samjhega”? I estimate the ownership pattern of NL itself might have changed.

Let’s look at the line up for the event. There’s Modi, Lalu, Akhilesh, Kejriwal and MamataB. Would Modi have agreed to an event initiated by NL? I don’t think so. Would Modi have agreed to an event initiated by NDTV? Fly a kite! Therefore, the only possibility is Facebook would have initiated it and roped in Modi. Besides, who would really want to listen to Lalu or Akhilesh? I don’t know, maybe an “organised” mob. What about Kejriwal? What exactly would be special about AK in another event? He is on TV almost 24X7 there is nothing that anyone can learn anew from his tape-recorded “Ambani is corrupt, Modi is corrupt and you are corrupt” dialogues. MamataB? Maybe a few but she is no way a major attraction beyond Bengal. In short, without Modi this event would have been still-born. And the only entity that could have roped in Modi is FB. KanchanG suggests Modi’s office wasn’t aware of the other partners of the event.

Leave aside FB. One of the other two partners probably created the event and one of them got FB to sell it to Modi (and the others) because it’s clearly unlikely Modi would have agreed to. And is it all for free? No sponsors? I sincerely doubt it. In fact Modi supporters aren’t very happy that he would be appearing on NDTV, a channel that abused him for a decade and still continues to abuse him in very “clever” ways as the first tweet in this post shows. So what happened? NDTV got a surrogate interview to telecast that they otherwise wouldn’t have got. Modi has appeared in interviews with Timesnow and CNN-IBN over the years but not in a major exclusive with NDTV. This is their kill in response to exclusive interviews on another channel. In the following lines that I quoted in the beginning lie an answer:

You should've taken care of me just a little bit instead of making me take them dives for the short-end money…” Who took the dives for the short-end money? That’s for you to figure out. All I can say for sure is that NL as a media-critic brand is over. In its new avatar you will find it more directly aligned with one of the MSM outlets. As for NDTV, its pathetic slide down the drain will continue and with the prospect of a political change at the centre their future doesn’t look too bright. NL may temporarily glow under the lights of this event but I would have to once again quote but rephrase the lines in the 2nd para:

You don't understand. You coulda had class. You coulda been a contender. You coulda been somebody instead of a…”

75 comments :

  1. N.L. Ran out of detergent
    ha ha ha

    Namo would never agree for an interview with a channel tht has biases running in their blood.whereas Kajri wud die without MSM lalu is a filler & Akhilesh is for entertainment value.

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    1. Now that its out in the open he should cancel his interview, this is the only way to make NDTV and other toxic media channels more and more irrelevant.

      Basically people eventually need to boycott a bad product ( ndtv ) to make them irrelavant. Which they will become once BJP comes to power.

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  2. This is indeed disappointing.

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  3. I was admiring NL since long. Now it is difficult to accept their view without scrutiny.

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  4. It looks NaMo some how had been trapped into this . There is now way to cancel this and Modi avoiding this is exactly what NDTV wants so that they can blabber more and whet their creative skills to invent new names and phrases or debates to malign him. Think Modi's office should be more cautious and do some research hereafter not to get trapped into these sort of things. NDTV got this interview using FB & NL as Camouflage. Quintessence of NDTV's congress-brain, in manipulating things and projecting itself as achiever.

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    1. A convenient reply like he has to go to the dentist today or like the dramaqueen invent something gory.

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  5. I have been reading NL since several years. There were many good quality articles over there. Its sad to see them align with scamsters. MT 's interview with BD, KT way posted in NL is good. I didnt know AS is an AAP member. Its very unethical for journalists to not to disclose their loyalties. But what beats me is why switch loyalty now when the prospect of BJP coming to power looks imminent?

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    1. " what beats me is why switch loyalty now when the prospect of BJP coming to power looks imminent? "

      Ravinar has already answered this in the post itself -- “You should've taken care of me just a little bit instead of making me take them dives for the short-end money…” Who took the dives for the short-end money?

      NL & NDTV type orgs think on "Range of the moment".Beyond the short term it seems they cannot even start to imagine; like any carnivorous animal thinks - I am hungry NOW !

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  6. Modi could say that the Nehru Dynasty TV used FB and NL as camouflage; that NDTV is blatantly biased and now that the camouflage netting is off, he is not going to oblige them. This desi Pravda will be the one to suffer.

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    1. Abhinandan Sekhri is very closely connected with the Tehelka circle, perhaps because him and Rana Ayyub of Tehelka are 'very close friends'.

      This explains the spiteful letter against Tejpal's rape victim... I guess it's not a result of their new association with NDTV...

      I really hope Modi pulls out of this surrogate interview of NDTV on account of misinformation by NL and FB.

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    2. he can say because of ill health and withdraw

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  8. Modi should not let himself be equated with scums like Laloo or Kejri, he should immediately pull out. It doesn't matter if 'dalaal(s)' who organized this interview feel bad.

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  9. When I saw that NL and NDTV interviewing Modi I knew there is something fishy!
    Why can't Modi cancel the event as he was surely misinformed ?!

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  10. I had bookmarked "News Laundry" on my browser; deleted it in disgust after the disgusting article by Nirupama Sekhri , never visited it again. NL like NDTV has lost two more "eyeballs" !!

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  11. Modi shld not give interview if it is not being allowed by fb/nl to other broadcasters who want to broadcast it other than undeetv

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  12. AAP is a party full of media infiltrators/insurgents thats quiet clear.frankly they have a media management policy similar to Congis and better than BJP.I remember Madhu asking Barkha how her age of press was respected and Barkha and her generation of jounos lost it.Now she to has lost it all with this insane nuisance.Sad.

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  13. Thank you Ravinar for tell ing all this. The time has come to stop visiting NL. It seem that it no longer can be what it used to be.

    It is really unfortunate that Modi is giving such kind of interview on NDTV or affiliations. I think he should realize the danger and excuse for some reason beyond anyone's control. This is not acceptable if he does so. He must understand that there are few things we like about him and if he losses those, then he will loose the support.

    On the event, why Modi's office did not seek details. How you can compare him with AK or Akhilesh or Mamda Di or Lalu. Who are these guys - contender of PM??? How and what basis??? Looks like any tom dick and harry, whoever wants to be PM will be interviewed. This is definitely a lower standard shown by Modi's office.

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    1. Modi should call it off, whatever might be repercussions, in fact it could be a slap on NDTV face

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  14. Did Modi's office new that this is not an exclusive interview of NaMo with FB but one of the series of interview with the likes of Arvind Kejriwal, Lalu Yadav and Akhilesh Yadav? If they new this, they have seriously bungled.

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  15. Intrigues and inconsistencies of MSM, its evolving at the speed of escape velocity of jupiter

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  16. I have sent a tweet to NM asking him to not to appear in an interview where NDTV is broadcast partner. I hope he listens to his supporters.

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  17. So, NDTV using FB/NL as Fabric Softner, Errrr, as Modi Softner.

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  18. Its one big left liberal circle. If you notice there is no difference between the way NL and AAP go about their metamorphosis - bash the left, gain sympathy of centrist and right wingish folks, gain momentum and then merge back with the same folks you abused in the beginning. Madhu Trehan going after ndtv and bdutt was only to stroke the right wing anger against liberal msm. Once she had enough followers, voila, merge and enjoy on cruise control. Sekhri was always IAC and closet naxalite. No wonder his media outlet took the same uturns as his alma matter. Sad that apart from niti central and one man show mediacrooka there is no eminent right wing msm outlet. Puzzles me...

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  19. I m not going to watch even if NDTV surrogately involved also.We have better avenues to listen to Modi. I feel even now , Modi can take a call to avoid this mess

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  20. It perplexes me no end to know that NDTV is the sponsor for Modi interview!! Who are these guys advising Mr.Modi? He is helping prop up the BJP/MODI hater channel!! Thank God Ravinar is with us to give words to our feelings!! Seious last minute rethink by Modi's office on this interview is needed

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  21. Devils always love to live in disguise.forget talent, one doesn't need that to fool anyone. A devil's mind, that's all what you need to fool anyone who trusts you. Yes,for the disguise part,you need a bit of talent(!).many have shown their talents(!) in the past and many will in future.i can only hope, majority show their real talent, at least for once in april-may 2014.

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    1. they will when they kick out Congress.

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  22. perhaps, narendra Modi is not attaching much to this. He will treat this as google hangout or chai pay charcha and go thru it professionally. He may not even be seeing anything foul either. His self belief and confidence is at an ascending high. And nowadays who takes media seriously??? Indians are afflicted with selective amnesia and zombiesm.

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  23. 'Tu nahi samhhega'. This attitude is the exact problem with AAP as also with MSM. The moment any business thinks their consumers are fools and can be fooled, that's it. How could there be a successful business model when your contents are going to cater to consumers 'who do not understand'. From there, the slippery slope to downhill is pretty fast by scrounging for funds from dubious partners, closing comments for readers, nervous changing of headlines and what not. As far as I am concerned, NL could never had class with sprinkling of Sekhris abound. It was due to some individual bright sparks like Anand Varadarajan and Madhu Trehan's Clothesline that had it going. What a pity that in the process washing others' laundry they ended up with all the dirt. It's surely not a pretty sight when mask of the 'watchdog' gets ripped off and reveals itself after all as a performing dog.

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  24. #NewsLaundry its over with the makeover. Nationalists - it has been never easy way to the patriots and will never be. It is only you guys who have paid the price of keeping nation alive, others are here just to sell...

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  25. Mind boggling. This one is an ace. Like I commented on couple of NL articles, two months back, "NL like NDTV, CNNIBN, etc. gutted". I felt somewhere, something was going wrong, but here you provide a conclusive evidence reaffirming my suspicion.
    One important aspect you left out though. But I know you know this. If you were to observe, though exact dates needs to be verified, after the breaking of Tejpal issue, NL had started softening its stand particularly on NDTV, and subsequently their sister channels like CNNIBN etc. Even Madhu had started appearing on TV channels (particularly on NDTV, CNNIBN and Headlines Now) opining on what is right and what is wrong. I think, it was only after the December election results, NL openly sidelined NDTV and their sisters and brought their focus only on Timesnow, and to be specific Arnab Goswami. I am no fan of Arnab, but you can clearly make out where the guns had started firing. Just look at last 5 episodes of Clothesline. Again figures need to be verified, but my hunch is 70% were targeted against Arnab, only 10-15% for NDTV and their sisters, and rest to promote themselves. Now you know why Timesnow targets AAP the most. NDTV, CNNIBN and their sisters are totally mum on the issues raised by Timesnow. The messenger, indeed, is the message. This is turning out to be a freaking dubious industry. If I were to use AS's terminology, "main nahin samaj sakata". Those who claim to clean, put journalism first, are the most dirtiest people. Sometimes I wonder, country would be much better off if there were to have no media. I mean, these guys seems to have no soul. They are, as Modi uses it for Congress, "the termites" who are shamelessly eating all the resources, destroying all institutions, distorting facts and, concocting hypothesis and theories just to be in relevance. But the truth is, Kejriwal has nothing to say.

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    1. > and brought their focus only on Timesnow, and to be specific Arnab Goswami. I am no fan of Arnab, but you can clearly make out where the guns had started firing. Just look at last 5 episodes of Clothesline.

      Good catch Hiren, I felt the same thing.

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    2. > and brought their focus only on Timesnow, and to be specific Arnab Goswami. I am no fan of Arnab, but you can clearly make out where the guns had started firing. Just look at last 5 episodes of Clothesline.

      Good catch Hiren, I felt the same thing.

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  26. thnks for putting whole thing in prpr perspective.

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  27. Where is Rahul Gandhi ? OOPS how can he appear paid media dont have power to call him. Well its AK promotion only.

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  28. The whole muddy compromises in online media is rightly put forth. Now, there is clarity why NaMo could have agreed to such an interview with loonies like AK, lalu, AY, MB. Like most people I would prefer NaMo pulling the plug of this interview & better have a Chai pe Charcha.

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  29. Remember how NaMo gave CNN-IBN an exclusive with the Editorial Director sitting on the floor of the bus....Similarly once again over Here Modi consenting to appear on UNDEE TV is not because of FB or the Laundry guys but becoz He wants the message to go out loud that He does not need Bak Bak Barkha and party they dò so if they willing to lick the vomit and smile to have Him on their channel everyone knows who is the loser and the whiner...Grant NaMo the razor sharp intelligence that He can see thru the narrow and shady games of UNDEE TV!

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  30. what a way to start the sunday........ super fine

    once again mind blowing article with facts about how namo was lured into interview even i feel that namo does not need media interview to connect with people he should not give interviews to the channel which was bashing him for last 12 years he should keep concentration on Chai pe Charcha & other medium to reach the voters

    keep up the good work may god b with u

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  31. NaMo SHOULD boycott this event !!!

    How the hell is AK a candidate when he is projected to get 10 seats across the nation.

    This is just a Media Hype to a. Promote AK and b. Move attention away from 10 years of Italian Misrule.

    WHY is NAMO degrading himself ????? Arun Jaitley should represent BJP at max ...

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  32. MediaCrooks thanks a lot for exposing Surrogate of devil dhongress

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  33. I agree to some extent ao the views expressed by most of the commentators about the sinister designs of NL & NDTV. But I dont subscribe to the view that Modiji should not do the interview at all. The media laid a trap but the tables can be turned on them. Look hiw Modiji humiliated RS of IBN. Same can be done to BD or whoever from NDTV. If it happens just before their busy season, think of the loss of face for these morons. Now NaMo has full ammunition of court ruling, SIT report, Ravinar's articles, recent news abt NDTV financial mismanagement, drop in their TRPs,etc ,he can and must make a mince meat of these so called journalists. It is a perfect time and opportunity for him to call the bluff of so called national MSM. He can insist on giving live feed of the interview to FirstPost, NitiCentral,etc. It will help in exposing the double standards of MSM.
    Now about NL. I visited that site first in Nov. 2013.The standard (?) is definitely lowered. If you have an impeccable quality without money then money will chase you. But if you dont have quality and money then your days are numbered. This is going to happen with NL, Tehlka, Caravan of the world. Even FirstPost is also going down the hill.
    Thank God, there is Ravinar, niticentral, Indiafacts and Rajeev Malhotras of the world that they are keeping the consciousness of Indians. Thanks Ravinar for a superb article as always. URegards.

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  34. Modi should pull out immediately.

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  35. Thanks a lot Ravi, now it is clear to me why suddenly those stupid articles on NL. I asked Madhu on twitter but no response. Guess some people often like to "ask" others but never like to "respond" when asked by others. (Sounds like Kejriwal, though :) )

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  36. You don't understand. You coulda had class. You coulda been a contender. You coulda been somebody instead of a…”
    the above would be aptly applied to the motherland, India.. the greatest nation that once it was; if Indians don't wake up to the onslaught of "Breaking India" forces.

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  37. Thanks for giving the clear picture;

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  38. After Rahul Baba screw up his interview with Arnab off-course corrupt MSM people are trying their best to screw up Modi's election campaign by interviewing him. They will try to ask him hostile question and no matter whatever he will say they will put it in negative light. " Kya Kare Ganda Hai Per Dandha Hai". MSM all of them want piece of the pie in CONgress election campaign money.

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  39. Dear Ravinar,

    This post belongs right up there as one of the best posts on your blog, others that I can recall being Miracle at Gandhi Maidan and Broken Windows.

    I did not hear about Madhu Trehan before NewsLaundry was formed and like many others I was impressed with what I saw coming out from them, mainly the Clothesline series, though the occasional sight of Abhinandan Sekhri used to sore the eyes. Though every once in a while I used to wonder if Clothesline was being too harsh on Arnab, the changes were quite evident in the past couple of weeks, the most horrible one being the letter to "Tehelka victim" which tries to portray Tarun Tejpal as the victim and it was the last straw for me. But I had no idea what was coming later !

    It also brought Faking News to my mind...I did not see any numbers, but I definitely feel that it has lost the eyeballs post the sale to FirstPost. At least the frequency with which I used to visit it had certainly gone down to near zero.

    Though I do not claim to know your future plans, I think the biggest thing that strikes me about you is that you stuck to what you were doing (blog, plus just one book publication of the blog postings) instead of trying to over-expand or over-encash your blog's popularity. I think it calls for a lot of maturity to not get swayed despite the huge following your blog has. Kudos to you for that, and of course, More power to you !

    Regards,
    Venkat

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  40. NDTV or Randee TV? On a serious note, Mr Modi should avoid this crap and this show. Why should he be doing a show with maha pseudos like AK, Laloo or Akhllesh? Ravinar, please convey this to Mr Modi either yourself or through Swapan, Kanchan or Chandan. Thanks.

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  41. Modiji should pull out of this event.

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  42. A brilliant expose of the dirty laundry! It connects the dots between the scurrilious smear attack on Tejpal's victim to the tie-in with the soiled NDTV; and it is clearly a Congress operation trying to recover from Pappu's disastrous interview with TimesNow. Congress' B team, the AAP, to the rescue via the creepy Sekhris.

    Why Modi would wish to be on the same stage as third-string losers like Laloo and AK49, let alone under the rubric of a Congress media alliance, is puzzling. There is an Italian vendetta undercurrent here that probably comes from the very top. Reference the Ides of March in this case, and note that Sekhri has a lean and hungry look; such men are dangerous. Who is playing Brutus? From a more current analogy, note Don Corleone's instructions to Michael; whichever close associate of the Corleone family arranged the final meeting with Barzini is the traitor. Who is the Tessio of the BJP?

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  43. Mediacrooks, "NITICENTRAL only has to only to rely on limited access to news networks".Oh yeah,they are not funded by BJP right? The difference between NL and MC is objective criticism and agenda based criticism.I was seeing this coming,as always very opinionated article,how can you judge on NL financial condition based on your presumption? News Laundry is far better than your website,it doesn't need your approval on it's financial standing.Oh yeah media crook is the only 'unbiased' alternative media.As I analysed comments, and assume(like your whole post is based on assumption) ,most people here are modi fanboys(there is nothing wrong being one) ,not alternative media seekers.You did not mention that NL then published a letter in reply to Nirupama Sekhri,and what is wrong in giving space to alternative voice?Have you ever read posts of Anand Ranganathan on NL?Madhu has been part of MSM,so she and NL is wrong?Madhu does not run NL,who made you believe that,
    The ownership pattern of Newslaundry is:
    25% – Madhu Trehan
    25% – Prashant Sareen
    25% – Abhinandan Sekhri
    25% – Roopak Kapoor
    And Abhinandan always mention his political affiliation before doing any AAP related work on NL!!
    So if media crook is impartial,why a BJP leader and BJP affiliated journalist was the one sharing stage at the launch of your book?You should look at objectivity of your posts before maligning selected MSM channels and journalists.

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    1. @Navneet

      Your claim of BJP funding Niti itself is a falsehood. And there ends your silly argument over who funds what. FYI I do happen to know who funds Niti. Why the bogus defence of Sekhri? Does the post say he had hidden his AAP membership? Learn to read!

      As for your other nonsense... I did indeed give an interview to Anand Ranganathan of NL, in case you missed that part. So what if a BJP member or BJP affiliated journo released my book? The program or release was neither organised by me nor was I present in the program. This was organised by some SM people who did this on their own. So for all your tall talk of who funds who, your rant doesnt have any facts. Whatever I have stated in the post is pretty accurate. If NL denies, I will come up with more. "NL doesnt need your approval.." save such motherly statements. Nowhere does anybody need anyone's approval, including yours. Keep your arguments to the content, instead of ranting, that will help you think better.

      You have quoted NL investment shares as if you have made some great disclosure or discovey. Those figures are on their site and everyone has read it. Find something that people don't know.

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    2. NavneetVerma

      I agree with you that MC is high opinionated. Look at what he has done. He has hacked into accounts of Barkha, Kanchan, Sekhri, Vikram, IndiaTV and NDTV and has sent out all those tweets. And because MC hacked and sent those tweets, they are not facts, but opinions.

      MC has also hacked into NL pages and made their page, changed their page, deleted their comments, and again reloaded their page. Who can do all this except an opinionated hacker like MC. Is that not true? All these tweets and pages were made by Ravinar, so he is opinionated and not factual.

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    3. I never said what Sekhri said was right,it was just a wrong,but alternate opinion.If NITICENTRAL flaunts articles in support modi on their home screen and advertisements like "NaMo march to Delhi" or sms at x number in support of NAMO for PM,we know where the funding is coming from,like why NDTV gets so many government ads.Tweets does not mean conviction,why didn't you post proof that newslaundry is strugling,you made series of allegations based on tweets.If they give space to Sekhri,they also did give space to article bashing Sekhri.How do you know that Madhu only does Clotheline and AS has control over the content?Where is the proof for that.And I used your own indirect analogy,which I don't believe on personally,regarding BJP leaders launching your book.Newslaundry joining hands with NDTV,just for a show,does not imply they are financially instable or morally corrupt.You made many indirect attacks which raised my doubts.
      1."But then Madhu was always an MSM member. Some things don’t change. "
      What you imply with that?
      2.AS is the one who actually runs NL. Everything in NL is managed by him. Madhu Trehan just does her ‘Clothesline’ once a week or so.
      I have seen madhu in many episodes of NLLite,which runs more than twice a week and Madhu madhu was also present at AS interview on 377 in background,it means she is involved in production of many shows.
      3.NL has posted many artIcles in support of Tejpal's rape victim,including answer to crap what Ms Sekhri wrote,you did not mention that!!You can't blame them giving alternate voice,which is the essence of democracy,the also gave space to voice criticizing that alternate voice
      I don't see newslaundry being unethical by just sharing a show with NDTV,As BJP does not become wrong by joining hands with parties like Shivsena.I don't see any wrong in giving space to alternate voice.
      My opinion,might look rant to you,your opinion might look rant to others.
      If tNL and NDTV are sponsers/partners of event,they have right to advertise the way they want.I agree with you on the content of advertisement,not all of them are PM candidates.I know I will be criticized for having not so popular opinion in this forum.But I have my right to say.

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    4. @Navneet

      Yours is a rant because you are ignorant. Like I said.. let NL deny who runs the show at NL.. If they do.. then I will offer more. As I said in the beginning there are many "intricate details" that I would prefer not to disclose. All your other inferences simply because you want to defend NL doesnt hold any water for me. I write with more information than you imagine I do. So rest assured, both NL and I know what Im talking about when I say about who runs NL.

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    5. @Navneet There need not be any assumptions about NL’s finances. I stopped reading News Laundry; but until sometime back, Madhu used to remind viewers at least three times to pay up during her Clothesline Episode.

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    6. The article by Sekhri against Tejpal's young victim plumbed new lows. Shame on NL. However nothing surprises me anymore about the MSM and their cronies.

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    7. @Navneet@Shrek:Control your frustration ,creating hype that Kejri & Lalu (there is hardly any difference between the two anyway) are PM candidates against Modi is itself a lie. If NDTV did all the propaganda against Modi for the last 12 years then why it is dying for an 'exclusive' broadcast of his interview. Just because Modi is going to become the PM these Congress sycophants are changing sides. What happened to the 'secular' mindset?

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  44. There are two reasons to opt out from this.
    1. Most of names in list except Modi are not even deserve to be corporater
    2. Considering NDTVs stand of Anti Modi mindset.

    IMO reason 1 is sufficiant for Modi to opt out from this event as for reson 2 there are 90% journos who speak against modi so event if you want to give interview to any MSM you will face some cheap journo who will try to malign Modi anyway.

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  45. If you are cheated before even the event has started, i don't think much common sense is required opt out of it....

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  46. Deeply disappointed to even imagine Modi in NDTV.As all discerning people know NDTV is a bunch of pathological liars and fraudsters. Modi has been tricked to this event. Bracketing NAMO with likes of lallu akillesh is painful and I fear this Gujarat Lion may be trapped in the nasty NDTV net. by their manipulative manners.I wish by some hidden hand and Divine intervention this type of Surrogagcy is stopped .

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  47. News Laundry or Dirty Laundry?

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  48. Modiji went to India Today Conclave 2013 surrounded by many Anti-Modi fanboys. He did good. I am sure he will do good again. Even Dr. Subramanyam Swamy attends shows hosted by the likes of Rahul Knawal, Sardesai, Barkha etc. Modiji, Dr Swamy, Smriti Irani ...they go to enemy dens and massacre the opponents.

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    1. Exactly. As I said in my comment earlier, why should Modiji or for that. matter anyone from BJP should worry abt the dirty tricks payed by morons in MSM. Now they have ammunition to take the fight to the den of these morons, so just go for the KILL and make a mince meat of them. Expose the double standards completely before the world. Finally Modiji will have last laugh.
      BTW, what lalu get to do this interview as he being a convict cannot even contest an election, forget being a PM candidate. NL& NDTV and all other sponsers should answer this first before starting their TAMASHA.

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  49. "Tu Nahi Samzega" soon "Tere bass ka nahi hai", "Tu wahi Rehna chaiye, Tere Auqat Nahi" I am Not surprised these guys claim they are AAM Aadmi..now Now 'AAM Aadmi' word has become most basterized word like ' Secularism' in India..no need to explain both Congress and AAP uses this in their slogans

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  50. Good article ... I agree almost every part of it. Now wondering why other media houses come forward and live telecast the event? This will really defeat the selfish interest of certain new channels.

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  51. Sad that NL is gone.But glad that Ravi you are around! keep banging them where it hurts them mostest.
    Modi is too busy.this is the job of his media managers.His supporters will be up in arms if he appears on his abusers like NDTV.

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  52. In recent times after the Pappu interview on Times Now ,there has been a concerted attempt by KhanChris and its chronies to entyce NaMo to follow suit.I think the BJP think tank falls prey to the designs of pseudo seculars far too easily.The BSY ouster in Karnataka is a pointer to this tendency(while the Shielas and Pawan kumars are basking in their 'glorious' past).Added to that no soul in this country including KhanChris doubts the ability of NaMo to take on the MSM in the event of an interview.While in the case of Pappu it was otherwise and true to expectations it turned even worse after the Times now disaster.Now the Khanchris wants to force NaMo into an interview and then hope to get a handle to clutch on to some precieved communal statements. NaMo is too big a fish to fall into the kind of trap that Pappu did.Anyway wish KhanChris all the best.

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  53. Wow! As if Times Now or CNN or channels wherever Modi appeared are not run by Modi Bhakts.. I agree with the crux of the story.. but same applies to other side also.

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  54. As usual, very elite level, well-researched article. There are many-a-crooks who have taken refuge in media because they can do anything they want under the 'press rights' shield. There is a whole class of insects that have evolved over time and survives only on non-dairy coffee creamer. Similarly, Tejpal, Arnab, BD, etc, are creatures that survive in this scrutiny-free artificial environment called MSM. Keep the lights on, Ravi, and all of these would vanish in thin air.

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  55. Let me complete your last sentence. “You don't understand. You coulda had class. You coulda been a contender. You coulda been somebody instead of a…” "...bum which is what you are, let's face it".

    The punch your words carry, oh boy, that's delectable especially when I am at the fence reading the unwinding wordly duel.

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  56. I had to read it a second time to grasp its real import. Boy, it is a real crooked world and only @mediacrooks can kind of master it!

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  57. Modi cancelled this sham interview.
    Thank you MC for bringing it to attention.

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  58. Thanks Ravinar! That opportunity to sue for piracy has been snatched away from Vikram Chandra! :)

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