Much of India’s oligolpolistic big media (Bennet and Coleman, NDTV, IBN, Hindustan Times, Indian Express have till now refused to substantially/totally cover barkhagate, a scandal that showed how journos act as fixers), DNA had a great piece. Among others New Indian Express, Huffington Post, Wall Street Journal, Governance Now have covered the news with pertinent takes. Times of India commented but did not refer to Niira Radia’s communication with Times Group’s senior Editor, Navika, Kumar Jain. Sunday Guardian referred to Barkha Dutt’s links to CONgress party. There was also this Hitler parody.
Long time media observer Shri S Sudhir Kumar ended up asking key questions to Barkha Dutt and Vir Sanghvi. for which no answers have been located till date: Set 1 Questions, and Set 2 Questions. This was when Vir Sanghvi, Barkha Dutt brazened it out and tried to obfuscate the issue. Crooked men like Amartya Sen that earlier endorsed blood sucker Mohumad Yunus again came to barkha dutt defence.
Network 18 group companies who have been more severely indicated by Radiia tapes Rajdeep Sardesai, IBN Editor-in-chief was also directly implicated telling Niira Radia that he does not have money for vacations – Audio at 0:30. No wonder Rajdeep abused his Press Council position and came out rationalizing Barkha Dutt despicable behavior. Worse CNBC news-hosts were implicated in punting – Check Audio 17:01 onwards.
- Barkha Dutt had earlier come under ZIM scanner when truth pertaining to Mumbai Terror attack covered in online version of Vanity Fair Magazine was suppressed
- NDTV’s hastily drafted rebuttal on Open Magazine’s posts were shown to be falsification of communication. Further there were news reports by Sunday Guardian capturing finance frauds perpetrated by NDTV. Financial frauds, Chicanery using ICICI bank.
- IBN was caught manifesting deceit by Dalal Posterous and by Blogger Swathi.