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Lets report their good bad and worse here. Would like to start with Outlook's recent campaign against Smriti Irani. I have never been a fan of Outlook since they got Arundhati Roy to spread fictitious lies about 2002. I came across this article written by Saba Naqvi on Smriti Irani as it got a lot of flak from people who I think have been mostly neutral in their views.

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SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 Just read a disgusting vitriolic piece by one Saba NAQVI on @smritiirani in the latest Outlook. Where are all the woman activists now? SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 If a man had written the piece laced with innuendoes on @smritiirani as Saba NAQVI has done, there'd be women activists pouncing on him. SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 There's a difference between character analysis and character assassination. Saba Naqvi's piece on @smritiirani is an example of the latter. SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 The tragedy is that some in the media can't distinguish between crass and elegance. The piece by Saba NAQVI is reflective of the former. SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 And some joker MIHIR whoever in that same article on @smritiirani says as an actress she should be used to cameras pointing at her? Dolt. SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 What makes matters worse is that Saba NAQVI comes from a legacy of great journalism qua her father Saeed NAQVI. But then she isn't the same. SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 Sometimes I sit back and wonder since when did journalists lose their basic ethics and injected hatred rather than objectivity? SUHEL SETH @suhelseth · Apr 16 Outlook should be worried. First they lost an editor. Now they are about to lose the last vestiges of elegant journalism. Sad. Isheta Salgaocar @IshetaS · Apr 16 @suhelseth absolutely detested the use of the "cat-fight" to describe a disagreement between two women. Why be just tussle or discord?!

Here is the link to the article http://www.outlookindia.com/article/Smriti-A-Fading-Memory/293990 Absolutely distasteful and reeks of brazen bias. The worst part is that in the same series they have allowed someone called Mihir Srivastava to write one op-ed and in that he writes CCPsPv_UwAAld2q.jpg (:facepalm:) http://www.outlookindia.com/article/No-Jottings-The-Babu-Has-Left-The-Building/293991 If we see twitter profile of this nut https://twitter.com/mihirmihirmihir comes across as a retarded nude artist. Thats Outlook who some people still consider an informative magazine.

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This issue Outlook articles on Smiti Irani were pretty good . The point about trying to create unnecessary controversy in Goa during BJP national meet in Bangalore after being dumped was pretty valid.Quoting anything out of context is pointless

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It is a harsh opinion piece on the HRD minister and opinions are rarely unbiased. I don't see how it is distasteful or indulging in character assassination. Yes , the the write-up cites anonymous sources , unnamed "well-placed sources in the BJP" to paint an uncharitable picture . You may disagree with the practice of using anonymous sources but in the wheeler dealer secretive world of Indian politics , sometimes that is the only way for the public to gather any facts at all. Should the media avoid publishing stories when sources do not want to come on record ? Is the practice of using anonymous sources capable of being misused ? Of course. Is it possible that journalists can fabricate anonymous sources to make up stories ? yes. Other overlooked examples character assasination : It is widely accepted that Mrs.Sonia Gandhi is corrupt and has looted the country of billions of dollars even though she has not been convicted in any court of law . She has even been accused of conspiring to murder her own husband by loony rabble- rousers of the ruling party. Is she a victim of character assasination ?

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The Saba Naqvi article is fairly accurate though the writing is quite disgusting at times. Smriti Irani got a very important portfolio quite early in her career and that has made her arrogant. Also, she just isn't good enough for this ministry and has been having altercations with people from IIT/IIM and other big institutes who actually know their job. Since she is favored by Modi, she treats other leaders with disrespect and is not one to take advise from anyone. Should be sacked or moved to a smaller ministry as she needs a lesson in humility and also needs to learn how to get work done from IAS officers (she has been known to show a 'know it all' attitude without actually knowing the issues - this is causing problems with the HRD ministry Babus). Also, she keeps making mistakes and when the media shows them, she blames the PR officials at the ministry (3 of them have been removed since she became minister). And she has obviously given in to the diktats of RSS and bodies like ICHR have been filled with RSS people with the Chairman of ICHR being grossly under qualified for the job. So when the media covers all this negatively, its not exactly taking vengeance or anything - most of what is reported about her is happening and its no secret in Delhi.

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Seems like honorable Minister of HRD and Mrs.Lekhi do not get along. Here are some comments from President of All India Modi CheerGirls association Madhu Kishwar in an interview :

You have been the founder-editor of Man*ushi. What’s your reaction to the contro*versy about the CCTV camera in Goa? " She could have handled it better and been more discreet rather than create a scene. There is a BJP government in the state and they could have discreetly taken action without the attendant publicity, which has done no good to her. On the contrary, it lowered her esteem in the eyes of others. When Sharad Yadav told her in the Rajya Sabha that he knew what she was, did you see a single BJP MP come to her rescue? Did one of them walk out? Instead, they were all smirking. That is the kind of respect she enjoys even among BJP MPs." What kind of reactions do you get to your criticism of her? Every time I tweet about her ‘incompetence’, not one person comes forward to defend her record. (There are) those who do ask whether she is my ‘soutan’, “itna jalte kyun hain” etc. Shows the level of support she has.
The prime minister, you had said, had the knack of picking up the right person for the right job. Why then did he choose her? " Find one person in the BJP who can find an answer. It is because nobody can find an answer that all kinds of rumours have been doing the rounds. It does no good to the PM and certainly not to her. It is a free-for-all out there. "
" Can anyone showcase one great initiative taken by her to change the course of education? One positive? On the other hand, it is shameful the way she is hounding the Delhi University vice-chancellor. Whatever little autonomy that IITs and IIMs enjoy is being trampled upon; at least 10 IAS officers to the best of my knowledge have opted to quit the ministry. VCs, IIT directors complain of interference, key bodies remain headless...."

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Other overlooked examples character assasination : It is widely accepted that Mrs.Sonia Gandhi is corrupt and has looted the country of billions of dollars even though she has not been convicted in any court of law . She has even been accused of conspiring to murder her own husband by loony rabble- rousers of the ruling party. Is she a victim of character assasination ?
We are talking of mainstream media. No one in the mainstream media has ever written such an innuendo filled cover story on Sonia Gandhi. Only a completely demented editorship can allow garbage such as the following to be written about any female, let alone a union minister: CCPsPv_UwAAld2q.jpg

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What those articles in outlook tell us , is that she is disliked by many top leaders of her party and officials of her ministry .

" A V-C who is well into his 60s hits the nail on its head. “I thought of her as a bre*ath of fresh air. Her predecessor from NDA-I, Murli Manohar Joshi, a professor of physics in Allahabad University and my contemporary, arguably was the worst HRD minister India has seen. But now I feel Smriti is giving even him tough competition. Ignorance is not always bliss,” he says.
In one instance, she is alleged to have thrown a file at an additional secretary-rank officer :omg: at a meeting. Later, she apparently apologised to him, saying it was her wedding anniversary and she was “tense”, even telling him she would “restore his honour”
Obviously that bureaucrat ( who had a file thrown at him by Smriti) would not like to come on record . The 2 opinion pieces on Outlook use many anonymous sources ; But nothing in them is as opprobrious and slanderous as "PRESStitues" or "5*activists".

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What those articles in outlook tell us , is that she is disliked by many top leaders of her party and officials of her ministry . Obviously that bureaucrat ( who had a file thrown at him by Smriti) would not like to come on record . The 2 opinion pieces on Outlook use many anonymous sources ; But nothing in them is as opprobrious and slanderous as "PRESStitues" or "5*activists".
Again, try and wrap your head around the fact that this thread is about the behavior of the mainstream media, not politicians. Otherwise, politicians of every hue are guilty of making slanderous statements: maut ka saudagar, bikau (Kejri), baal-kati etc.

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MediaCrooks @mediacrooks · 7m 7 minutes ago LIE BIG... retract small! The FILTH at @TheHindu .. Although @arunjaitley shd know better than talking to scumbags
See the actual headline and the correction.. it says "the words were a part of questions posed to him in the interview" CDAct65UgAASRmF.jpg

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If the question had the term "saffron bullies" and Mr.Jaitley did not object to the phrasing of the question ' date=' Then Mr.Jaitley and his supporters have very little to complain about .[/quote']The newspaper itself has issued a correction (not a clarification), which implies that the headline was incorrect.

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Just for reference, this a correction that Times of India issued in April for a blatantly false quote of Subramanian Swamy in December. More than 3 months, and that too after Swamy filed a case. CCXC7ZWUIAEWt99.jpg:large

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I think yesterday while lecturing the MP's of BJP, PM made two points against media one he started with admiring words for Gen V.K. Singh and secondally just before his concluding statement he said do not get distracted by what some people say and he goes on to tell the story as to how after being elected the PM candidate when he was suppose to give his first speech in Haryana in 2013, one of the TV channel just to confuse the viewers showed Walk the Talk with Modi which was shot during the year 2004. He also in his style said yaar unhe bhi to paise kamana hai , ghar chalana hai, aap apna kaam karo aur unke criticism ki parwaah na karo.

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Can't believe any self-respecting journalist could delude himself into thinking that rahul gandhi has anything worthwhile to say . This r****d can't even string together a coherent sentence. All his life he has been holding the hands of his sundry congress Nannies. And the fawning,pusillanimous followers of this Half-wit believe he has a divine right to rule over A Billion + People by virtue of being the product of Rajiv Gandhi's spermatozoa . :mad:

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Manufacturing bias? April 19, 2015, 8:16 PM IST Santosh Desai

“Sorry I have not read your article further after reading the first sentence. It appears that vested interests have commissioned you to write it,” wrote an irate reader reacting to last week’s column. (For the record the sentence in question was “The issue of Christians being under threat in India is a truly puzzling one.”) The letter writer neatly compressed the two dominant strands of reactions that opinions receive nowadays- an interest in identifying the writer as ‘friend’ or enemy’ rather than an interest in the argument being made, and in case of the slightest suspicion that the opinion might not be in consonance with one’s own, the inference that it has been paid for by interested parties. The sense that media does not deal with the world in an even handed way is a feeling shared by many, particularly amongst those that hold strong views. The question of why media does not cover a particular event adequately or blows up something deemed minor out of all proportion is heard frequently in the angst-ridden corridors of social media. This is certainly true for the right wing fringe, but extends across the board. Whether it has to do with the attacks on churches, massacres in Assam, Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan’s protests, Narendra Modi’s apparel or Gen Singh’s efforts in Yemen, media is perennially accused of doing too much or too little. There was a time when regard for journalism bordered on the reverential. It was as if the world spoke directly to us through the medium of news; news was a force of nature, an orderly emanation that encapsulated what the world had been up to by sequencing events and arranging them in hierarchical order. The newspaper appeared everyday like the sun, slipping under our doors as yesterday folded neatly into newsprint. On the radio and the television the stroke of the hour rang out with metallic voices telling us about things of import. Editorials pronounced judgment with great weight and enormous self-importance, and for most part we listened, occasionally disagreeing but rarely asking for the motivation behind a view. The idea of news being a distilled representation of reality out there without any prejudice or bias being exercised was an illusion, for all news is made not born, but the illusion was made real by the idealism that fueled journalism and the safeguards that were built into its practice. This mental model of journalism has changed radically for a variety of reasons. As media has sought to leverage the license it has from society to amplify events and views that create our sense of the present, it has become a deliberate player in the fashioning of reality as we understand it. The idea of being a neutral observer and a faithful mirror to the times, which was always more an ideal than an achievable reality, has now receded into the background for many in media. Opinion trumps news, and increasingly this opinion is designed to create a specific effect. In some cases, the intention is to attract the reader/viewer by doing whatever it takes while in some others, the purpose is more specifically aligned towards the interests of a particular group of individuals. In the post- Radia tapes world, the reader has got a look inside the kitchen, and nothing that comes out of it can be completely trusted again. Regardless of whether a large proportion of media might be completely above board, the old innocence is gone forever. Social media which has given the ordinary reader a voice, a community and an ability to reach hitherto inaccessible makers of opinion directly. The discovery that there are many others with views similar to one’s own creates a visible constituency that becomes self-sustaining and self-justifying. Media always operated within the ambit of the market, but in some ways now the idea of truth itself is seen to have become market-determined. Media is seen both as an instrument of force as well as an outcome of it. The emerging mental model is of an intensely competitive arena where the forces of power, money and ideology do battle and throw up victors by way of dominant media narratives. Whatever emerges simultaneously produces winners and losers; nothing is an idle unmarked fact. Every report is thus tagged with intent and seen to be backed by force. If nothing significant is immediately visible then it is imagined. ‘Facts’ quickly line up behind conspiracy theories, and more these recirculate the more entrenched they become. The anger against media is at heart a deeply structural one. Media has been unmindful that it was an illusion of detached objectivity that gave it the great power that it has been granted. It has increasingly seen it as an asset to be leveraged and has used it to generate a set of specific outcomes. In doing so it has revealed to the audience that what it thought was objective reality was actually a fabrication, a product of push and pull from different forces. This is a rupture that cannot be healed easily, if at all. The idea of freedom of expression becomes deeply devalued when that freedom is imagined to be slave to a bigger force of some kind. The notion of dissent too becomes marked with deliberateness- it is seen to be a campaign carried out at someone’s behest. It also opens the door for groups to demand that their version of reality be more vigorously amplified in the belief that media chooses what reality to construct. The only recourse is for media to focus with great urgency on defining the way in which it exercises the power it has been granted. Unless it is seen to be seized with all sincerity of the task of regaining a sense of purity of purpose, by whittling down its own areas of influence, the future holds out the prospect of all news eventually becoming advertising. Or at least being seen that way.
http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/Citycitybangbang/manufacturing-bias/

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to contrast, NDTV site had the Agra church attack as a lead story that day.. :wall:

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Our media is total bikau, feel sorry for Modi and BJP. Countering these aggressive, vicious attacks from our bigoted, sellout, lying media on an hourly basis will be extremely difficult to overcome. High time they rope in a few pro BJP channels, else 2019 will be a repeat of 2004.

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Our media is total bikau' date=' feel sorry for Modi and BJP. Countering these aggressive, vicious attacks from our bigoted, sellout, lying media on an hourly basis will be extremely difficult to overcome. High time they rope in a few pro BJP channels, else 2019 will be a repeat of 2004.[/quote'] Social media will help.

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http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Spurned-lover-attacked-Agra-church-Cops/articleshow/47033360.cms http://www.ndtv.com/agra-news/agra-church-attack-allegedly-by-man-angry-after-rejection-claim-police-757787 It seems a certain Haider Ali vandalized the church because of love problem with a Christian girl. Anybody who saw the NDTV headlines regarding the Agra church attack for 72 hours straight and the tone would have thought that Hindutva groups were behind all this.

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logic of NaMo CheerGirls , To paraphrase : "You can only cover an issue or bring attention to it , if you have done it 10 times before under a previous Govt." :facepalm: Indian schools don't teach kids how to spot logical fallacies in arguments , perhaps that is the reason why multiple generations voted for the same bunch of Clowns repeatedly for over 60 years !

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TOI / MSM LIES ? :

" A female volunteer of the AAP had alleged molestation by Kumar Vishwas during campaigning for the Lok Sabha elections in Amethi. "
LINK In another TOI Article "molestation" is not even mentioned :
" The party volunteer approached DCW claiming that "false rumours" of Kumar Vishwas having illicit relationship with her were ruining her reputation and that he should come forward to clarify. The woman has alleged that Vishwas took no action towards dispelling the "rumours"
In the first article Kumar Vishwas is accused of "Molestation" and in the 2nd article apparently the volunteer's only complaint is that Vishwas has not done enough to dispel rumors of a relationship http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kumar-Vishwas-in-fresh-row-Delhi-Commission-for-Women-summons-him-on-AAP-volunteers-complaint/articleshow/47145185.cms

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TOI / MSM LIES ? : LINK In another TOI Article "molestation" is not even mentioned : In the first article Kumar Vishwas is accused of "Molestation" and in the 2nd article apparently the volunteer's only complaint is that Vishwas has not done enough to dispel rumors of a relationship http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Kumar-Vishwas-in-fresh-row-Delhi-Commission-for-Women-summons-him-on-AAP-volunteers-complaint/articleshow/47145185.cms
ToI just publishes narrative that it would receive from their masters.

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ToI just publishes narrative that it would receive from their masters.
Remember, the masters could be Gandhis... KV has been very critical of Pappu, off late. He also took on Pappu in last elections from Amethi... Don't try to find a Modi/RSS angle here...

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Remember' date=' the masters could be Gandhis... KV has been very critical of Pappu, off late. He also took on Pappu in last elections from Amethi... Don't try to find a Modi/RSS angle here...[/quote'] Well.. part of it could be from Congress as well. I am not denying that. But one thing which no person can deny in honesty that Media has completely turned itself on AAP. And it is not all about criticism of government. It's about malicious campaign which they are running. However it will not be much effective within Delhi as AAP cadre is directly connected with the masses, as we saw in assesmbly elections, but else where it can stop AAP from spreading further.

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ToI just publishes narrative that it would receive from their masters.
this is a month old allegation . i have posted the 1 month old articles how they tried to accuse Kumar Vishwas of having an illicit relationship with a volunteer and how Social media lynch mobs were salivating over a non-existent video. But now this same MSM has conjured up a Molestion case ! even the girl has made no such claim . and they want to us to believe MSM is pro AAP :haha: As i have stated before , All that the MSM needs ; to tie any grievous crime to an "AAP leader" is an "AAP topi".

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Well.. part of it could be from Congress as well. I am not denying that. But one thing which no person can deny in honesty that Media has completely turned itself on AAP. And it is not all about criticism of government. It's about malicious campaign which they are running. However it will not be much effective within Delhi as AAP cadre is directly connected with the masses, as we saw in assesmbly elections, but else where it can stop AAP from spreading further.
There is daily drama in AAP. the people who leave AAP contact media and show some tapes , proofs etc. There was a live suicide in AAP rally. And still you people blame media. Whenever there is silence in AAP media stop covering them but again they explode bomb and blame media for covering it

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Prannoy Roy on The Tabloidization of Indian News http://www.ndtv.com/opinion/prannoy-roy-on-the-tabloidization-of-indian-news-760247 Well said.
NDTV also do tabloisation of news. Just remember Rohtak sisters case , NDTV like other channels showed that news but when truth started coming out NDTV did not showed it. The truth is all channels in India cater their section of viewers . English channels cater urban educated class while Hindi and regional news channel cater their people and that's why they show astrology and saa bahu news.

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