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1/D-8
Nov 28, 2010
12:34 AM

If the tapes have been edited, their worth is markedly reduced. We need to know who did the editing.

Anwaar
Dallas, United States
2/D-11
Nov 28, 2010
01:08 AM

I see a fundamental issue with the very idea of humoring a 'source' which happens to be a big business interest trying to manipulate/influence ministry formation. So in this case, humoring a source is not a defense. Why did it not occur to Barkha/Vir that it is wrong on part of Niira to try and influence ministry formation, to begin with? If Barkha/Vir told to Niira that it is inappropriate for a business interest to manipulate/influence ministry formation (by speaking against Dayanidhi etc), they would have lost a good news ‘source’, as Niira would have stopped talking to them. But then, it is not as if Niira is only news source around?

Kumar
Bangalore, India
3/D-20
Nov 28, 2010
01:43 AM

There are many more MOLES out in the market (beside bureaucrats & corrupt politicians) that we never knew. With all their cover up tactics aftermath of expose on tape, one thing is sure that its not within their job to discuss portfolio allotment with A- Business persons or B - Politicans.

Lalit Jha
Houston, United States
4/D-33
Nov 28, 2010
03:03 AM

Go Barkha go.Never show ur face again. Get a recruitment in some Harem in Arabia. Vir people like u will definetly get a job there

Ajay
Delhi, India
5/D-38
Nov 28, 2010
07:21 AM

Burkah and Vir should not expect everybody to be naive. Their actions and intentions are clear on the tapes. They have lost credibility as journalists. If not sacked, NDTV and HT too will lose face.

Roger
Belgaum, India
6/D-42
Nov 28, 2010
07:58 AM

I see Madam Barkha,

In the interest of full disclosure why don't you let us know from when did you know Nira Radia.

is she the one who informed you of the government's decision to offer Padma Shri for your 'distinguished' contribution. ?.

Selvan
Boston, United States
7/D-54
Nov 28, 2010
11:10 AM

>> Burkah and Vir should not expect everybody to be naive. Their actions and intentions are clear on the tapes ...

One should also be not naive to assume that they are the only ones humoring PR agents of big businesses. It would be interesting to know if big business corporations give donations/contributions etc to Media houses and if that is compelling them to listen when the PRs of those businesses ask them to cooperate in their lobbying (or at least keep quiet about the lobbying attempts going on by the businesses)? Many media houses may be with the same predicament and hence much of the media is silent?

Kumar
Bangalore, India
8/D-136
Nov 28, 2010
11:03 PM

   there r no neutral journalists and if someone beleived till date that there existed such indls it shows their ignorance.the doctor who treats vajpayi gets padma awards and journalists who r couriers get the same.kindly check the land allotted for journalists at dead cheap rates in karnataka and the whole bunch is there

http://bit.ly/gTquGy
 

munusamy ganapathy
chennai, India
9/D-71
Nov 29, 2010
11:03 AM

I think it is great that the tapes actually came out in public. People can listen to the whole conversation, including its tone, and make their own decision about whether what they hear the journalists speak is ethical or not. One has no idea whether there is anything illegal in these conversations, but I am quite sure that the two journalists in the eye of the storm have lost their credibility.

Ankan Kumar
Columbus, USA
10/D-163
Nov 29, 2010
09:36 PM

ALL people can be be fooled sometimes. SOME people can be fooled all the times. But BURKHA and VIR should realise that "all people can NOT be fooled all the times". They must quit like RAJA, CHAVAN etc.

Akil
Bangalore, India
11/D-65
Nov 30, 2010
11:26 AM

Barkha insinuates that a section of the viewers rely on her to report honestly and impartially. If this is not being deluded, nothing is. The images that one remembers of Barkha are always dramatic - crying at Kargill, and generally positioning herself as a threat to Meenakumari.  It is comical. Nothing in these tapes surprise me - i dont know why it should surprise anyone.

Bharath
Mumbai, India
12/D-113
Nov 30, 2010
08:24 PM

I feel sorry for barkha & vir, Whether the tape is neatly edited or not , it is definetly well planned fabricated item with all necessary people in it to give it an authenticated value.being a tv journolist i know how politicians make use of us to suit their acts. Anybody can notice this in karnataka right now.some of them are definetly sold themselves to corrupt, criminal politicians of karnataka. Poor yedyurappa could not understand this & he is still strugling,This radia was very active & close with Ananth kumar when he was the aviation minister, Can outlook look into this.

Sadashiv D Hulgur
Bangalore, India
13/D-114
Nov 30, 2010
08:24 PM

I feel sorry for barkha & vir, Whether the tape is neatly edited or not , it is definetly well planned fabricated item with all necessary people in it to give it an authenticated value.being a tv journolist i know how politicians make use of us to suit their acts. Anybody can notice this in karnataka right now.some of them are definetly sold themselves to corrupt, criminal politicians of karnataka. Poor yedyurappa could not understand this & he is still strugling,This radia was very active & close with Ananth kumar when he was the aviation minister, Can outlook look into this.

Sadashiv D Hulgur
Bangalore, India
14/D-15
Dec 01, 2010
02:25 AM

Media whores are not a new phenomenon in India.

Ms. Dutt is in the news only because of her high profile, her affectations notwithstanding.

Her gift of the gab does not make the masses idiots.

Prannoy Roy will do well to give her the sack if he wishes NDTV to regain even some of it's credibility which already is at an all-time low.

In the meanwhile, Ms Dutt may find her true calling in starting her own lobbying outfit a la Radia!

S.Ramesh Kumar
Bangalore, India
15/D-166
Dec 01, 2010
11:47 PM

What has happened with Barkha was long overdue

We have been watching her reporting and her 'WE THE PEOPLE' show for long to conclude that she has been lobbying always and everytime

For instance,post stone pelting in kashmir she would collect people on her show from both the school of thoughts,shoutdown,give a little time or ignore panelists or people who do not prescribe to her or her mentors school of thought, Is this not lobbying for someone,or some school of thought

She did the same post Babri masjid verdict,one had a feeling she was let dowm by the mature attitude of india at large,and all of this was evident in her reportings and her shows

A scan of the cyberspace.household &street talks can tell which is her school of thought and that is what she has been always lobbying for,Barkha too knows it she is after all a padam sri

Such lobbying is far more powerful in comparision lobbying for a cabinet post is peanuts 

raja
chandigarh, India
16/D-7
Dec 02, 2010
01:47 AM

>> We have been watching her reporting and her 'WE THE PEOPLE' show for long to conclude that she has been lobbying always and everytime

I do not think an alleged corporate lobby connection has been expressed before.

>> She did the same post Babri masjid verdict,one had a feeling she was let dowm by the mature attitude ...

Don’t mix up your gudges for her lack of hindutva support etc here. She is entitled to her views about hindutva, Ayodhya etc.

Kumar
Bangalore, India
17/D-8
Dec 02, 2010
02:01 AM

 Dear Barkha, here's a simple solution to your problems. If you the tapes are edited to make it appear out of context, why don't you simply provide the full conversation? Oh, I forgot, it must be hard to remember the whole thing. On the other point you made about selective attention to you/Vir, if a gang of robbers were arrested for crime they committed and 2 of them happen to be policemen who were supposed to foil the crime, am guessing they'll get the same attention that the two of you are getting. I am amazed that you have the audacity to claim that the rest of us are rushing into judgement and this is a conspiracy against you. Shame on you and your profession for even trying to deflect the blame. Now that we know the kind of connections you "maintain" for journalistic reasons, wouldn't be surprised you come out of this whole thing fresh as a minted coin. Good for you and yours.

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Murugan
Chicago, United States
18/D-9
Dec 02, 2010
02:15 AM

>> If you the tapes are edited to make it appear out of context ...

The problem is, whatever is the context, the very fact that she is hobnobbing with corporate interests itself is the question/issue.
The problem it seems is that today’s big media, which is a highly expensive endeavor, cannot take on the corporates and somewhere down the line, some of them end up as part of corporate network/lobbies etc. Even a supposedly left oriented media is not immune to this. Once into this kind of a network, many complications arise. Radia is supposed to have developed the rapport between Tata and Modi. If Barkha (or anyone) is part of that corporate lobby, how can she then be critical of Modi, even of she, by objective conviction is critical of him? Lot of compromises will set in. How deep and how wide-spread this malaise is, needs to be seen.
 

Kumar
Bangalore, India
19/D-10
Dec 02, 2010
02:22 AM

It is a lot easier to take on the politicians (or at least seen to be), than taking on the corporates. Revenues come from the corporates at the end of the day! To be fair, she is not alone - much of the media is taking the easy route of criticizing Raja, or even Radia, but very little on the coroprates directly. To Manu Joseph's question of why she did not expose the corporate lobby, fact is, no one is doing it even today. Much is media is just silent.

Kumar
Bangalore, India
20/D-27
Dec 02, 2010
07:50 AM

---- Don’t mix up your gudges for her lack of hindutva support etc here. She is entitled to her views about hindutva, Ayodhya etc.----

This has nothing to do with her opinion or ideology,the larger question is lobbying for a particular school of thought via the media,this is unfair journalism ,reminiscent of indira days of doordrashan,was not DD lobbying for congress ?

raja
chandigarh, India
21/D-30
Dec 02, 2010
08:06 AM

>> larger question is lobbying for a particular school of thought via the media ...

Holding to secular democracy, constritutional values etc are perfectly valid. Nothing unfair about it.

Kumar
Bangalore, India
22/D-42
Dec 02, 2010
10:01 AM

 ----Holding to secular democracy, constritutional values etc are perfectly valid. Nothing unfair about it.---

like it has been held for the past 63 years cheers !!!

raja
chandigarh, India
23/D-98
Dec 02, 2010
07:17 PM

If you think that Vir and Bharkha are plain innocent you must be daft. I may even be brash to suggest that they did it for money. Why would you be woken up early morning or free?

D Cruz
Mumbai, India
24/D-23
Dec 03, 2010
02:18 AM

""""Oh God!!! Tell me What should I tell them now??""

Madhavan
Twin Cities, United States
25/D-172
Dec 03, 2010
09:48 PM

Moles in Media, Moles in bureaucracy, Moles in Parliament... In short, India is being currently moled out.

Lalit Jha
Houston, United States
26/D-61
Dec 07, 2010
11:22 AM

Madam Barkha. It's painful to learn such. Why don't u come in to terms with the reality that people have got to know the real face of media persons. You people think that the Constitution as the Supreme law has conferred upon u the license to speak anything. But mind that it is the moral force that is the supreme, which ofcourse you are acutely devoid of. Let's see how long u people are able to deceive us.

Deepak
Yamunanagar, India
27/D-63
Dec 07, 2010
11:31 AM

One thing has to be understood that all these people run for money and fame. Now, if it comes by vouching for a corruption free system or manipulating things behind the screen, they shall do it.

Mr. Prabhu/Vir/Barkha, don't worry as your business can go for some more time. But if you have even a tinge of what you call as MORALITY, you can think of quitting or otherwise can take the pledge of transforming yourself now onwards

Deepak
Yamunanagar, India
28/D-89
Dec 16, 2010
04:25 PM

So how much payoff did you receive from Radia for all the help you gave her by contacting top friendly congress leaders??

Ranita Ray
Delhi, India
29/D-36
Jan 17, 2011
10:38 AM

Burkha Dutt alone, through her so called 'aggressive' journalism had forced several people to step down and resign, for reasons, which were not as big as what she is involved in now! And here she is, shameless and arrogant! and NDTV wants to keep this image!!

Biley Menon
Cochin, India
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