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Old January 30th, 2009, 02:37 PM
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NDTV - Self-righteous, ill-advised or both?

A friend forwarded me this.
An independent blogger, Chetan Kunte, who expressed his concern over Barkha Dutt's news coverage of the terrorist attacks was served a legal notice by NDTV and worse, forced to display a public apology for his actions.
The original blog by Kunte is cached by google here
And the blogger's unfortunate apology is here
This is outrageous, to say the least!
Please spread the word...that's the least we could do.

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By now, anyone who has any exposure to blogs or twitter must know about the Kunte-NDTV flap. Chetan Kunte wrote a blog post criticizing NDTV's and particularly Barkha Dutt's coverage of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks (the blogpost is only available through Google cache). The post is gone from Kunte's blog, and instead we see this apology that makes for a very sad reading.

It does not take a PhD in reading between the lines to guess what happened. NDTV probably sent Kunte a legal notice, asking him to pull the post down, apologize, never write about them again, and pay an absurdly massive amount of money. Remember this legal notice from a few years back? Seems like NDTV might have used the same basic wording.

And here's my guess of what might have happened next. NDTV probably sent the legal notice. Kunte, probably satisfied that the post had done its job by raising awareness, must have agreed to take the post down. But NDTV lawyers, or maybe even Barkha Dutt herself (I don't know for sure) might have insisted that unless he issues a sniffling apology, they will take him to court and demand crores and crores. And who knows, since they seem to have been following the IIPM playbook so closely, maybe they even tried to contact his employers to pressure him (again, I don't know if this is true.... just speculating).

I don't know which of these opinions I feel more strongly -

a) NDTV should be ashamed of browbeating a lone blogger using legal threats. They can dish out rough stuff, but clearly can't take it. Some humility might take NDTV and Dutt a long way. Sadly, the media, the watchmen of the society seem to consider themselves more equal than others. This self-righteousness and goonda-ism using legal cells is not something one would have expected from a news organization.

b) Forget the rights and wrongs, but NDTV has made such a big mistake tactically. Even if they didn't like what Kunte wrote, forcing him to post an apology was extremely ill-advised. Obviously, bloggers and tweeters and facebookers would pick up on it, and the blowback to NDTV would spread all over the internet. And it seems to have started already. Influential and widely read bloggers such as Shripriya, Patrix, Rohit, Prem Panicker, Sandeep among others have already written about this. The contents of the post, and further criticism and "shame on you"s for NDTV will receive greater publicity and attention than Kunte's original post ever did.

What remains to be seen is, how will the other news channels, i.e. NDTV's competitors handle this news? Since their own 26/11 coverages didn't exactly receive bouquets, will they take a "chor-chor mauserey bhai" approach and ignore this story in solidarity with NDTV? Or will the competitors actually report on this and take the opportunity to claim they are better than that? Can't you just picture Rajdeep Sardesai on screen talking about this story at the top of his voice, probably with Mahesh Bhatt, saying "CNN-IBN is mature enough to take criticism in its stride. Mahesh Bhatt, why do you think our competitors are making an issue out of one blogger's opinion? Your response??" And how will the newspapers react? There are enough interconnections between TV channels and newspapers to kill the story everywhere but on the internet.

No matter which way you spin it, the story does not reflect well on Barkha Dutt and NDTV. If by some minuscule chance they are reading this, my suggestion to them, based on having lived through a similar situation - just apologize to Kunte, praise free speech, blame the matter on some misunderstanding or miscommunication with your legal cell, save face and move on.

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Old January 30th, 2009, 02:39 PM
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WTF.... I feel that Kunte is right on most of the accounts(though I won't go as far as he went and incriminate her for deaths) in mumbai attacks. 24x7 journalism has pushed news channels to a new low.

Even if he is wrong on all the points how can the channel ask for an unconditional apology for the term "shoddy journalism". As a viewer we have got the right to decide what is good and what is bad. It's my personal opinion and my personal blog. If someone doesn't agree with it can go to hell. Why did Kunte offer an apology for using those words? It should be within his right to freedom of speech.
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I do not see anything wrong in the conduct of NDTV or Bhakra Dutt. One has to remember that this is a us vs. them fight going on... and what's wrong if NDTV and this lady sided with the heroes of this war. This is the age of information... and the people of peace know that. It is only us idiots that are foolishly being led to the slaughter house... by the hundreds in every new incident.
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So now NDTV will sue anyone who calls names to Burkha Dutt?? Oh boy, we have also called her names
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forget it folkz..India and Indians need to be spanked..that country does not deserve a democracy
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So now NDTV will sue anyone who calls names to Burkha Dutt?? Oh boy, we have also called her names
I am ready to go to Jail . if we can't fight Gun trotting Goonda Politicians,we educated class people definitely can fight these Pinkos and ANti Nationals.

Though seemingly Ugly, Gun trotting mafias are much easy to handle than these moron Pinkos and leftists. See how Nitish Kumar fixed Bihar in just 3 years and fixed all the Mafias there. But these Pinkos hide behind Media Freedom/Liberal Hindu mindset/intellectualism.

These Pinkos do strategic harm to a Nation.It is good that 24/7 coverage as exposed them.
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Does anyone watch Sudarshan News
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Does anyone watch Sudarshan News
I got it on my Yupp's Hindi subscription. Good pure Hindi used by the anchors. The channel seems quite on the 'right' side. I recall it was Zee News back in the day during late nineties that introduced commonly used Hindi for reporting lots of Hindustani (Hindi + Urdu) and English words.

The air punching fat host forget his name .. he debated that PK anti-Hindu topic for many days. NDTV, IBN, Headlines News and all gave it half hour due to peer pressure.

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This is a hot topic now a days on whatsapp.


NDTV की 'बरखा दत्त' 'जम्मू कश्मीर बैंक' के चेयरमैन 'हसीब दरबु' की तीसरी बीबी बन गयी...

'NDTV की ही सोनिया शर्मा
सिंह' कांग्रेस नेता और भूतपूर्व मंत्री 'आर पी एन सिंह' की दूसरी बीबी बनी..

'NDTV की पूर्व एंकर अमृता राय' 'दिग्विजय सिंह' को फंसा उनकी दूसरी बीबी बनने को तैयार ही बैठी है...

NDTV की 'निधि राजदान' के 'उमर अब्दुल्ला' से साथ रिश्तो के चलते उमर का तलाक हो गया....

एनडीटीवी है या शबनम बाई का कोठा..!!!
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Translating in Hindi for non-Hindi folks:

NDTV's Barkha Dutt has become the third wife of Chairman of "Jammu Kashmir Bank" Haseeb Darbu

NDTV's own Sonia Sharma Singh has become the second wife of Congress Leader and former minister R. P. N Singh

NDTV's former anchor Amrita Rai has trapped Digvijay Singh and is sitting ready to become his second wife

NDTV's Nidhi Razdan and Omar Abdullah are in relation and has resulted in divorce of Omar Abdullah.

Is this NDTV or Shabnam Bai's brothel?
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This is a hot topic now a days on whatsapp.


NDTV की 'बरखा दत्त' 'जम्मू कश्मीर बैंक' के चेयरमैन 'हसीब दरबु' की तीसरी बीबी बन गयी...

'NDTV की ही सोनिया शर्मा
सिंह' कांग्रेस नेता और भूतपूर्व मंत्री 'आर पी एन सिंह' की दूसरी बीबी बनी..

'NDTV की पूर्व एंकर अमृता राय' 'दिग्विजय सिंह' को फंसा उनकी दूसरी बीबी बनने को तैयार ही बैठी है...

NDTV की 'निधि राजदान' के 'उमर अब्दुल्ला' से साथ रिश्तो के चलते उमर का तलाक हो गया....

एनडीटीवी है या शबनम बाई का कोठा..!!!

Looks like this guy is the J & K Finance minister now.
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The air punching fat host forget his name .. he debated that PK anti-Hindu topic for many days. NDTV, IBN, Headlines News and all gave it half hour due to peer pressure.
LoL he is Suresh Chavanke. His stand was that his tirade against PK will continue until it goes off screens. It did go off screens after making its own 300 400 crores.
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NDTV is clearly watted up. They won't take mic to Prashant Bhushan or Yogendra Yadav as to what they think of big corruption hug we have recently seen between Lalu and Khopdiwal, but they will readily take mic to Shatru,Shouri etc etc.

We have had a big screw up lately by Salman Khurshid and Moron Aiyar but they have no time to have 30 min dedicated discussion on this treason. Clearly a bias, this Govt and party is sleeping, can they not expose?

If mani shankar and Salman are one extreme then sadhavi and giriraj are another extreme, why they blow hot and cold when Giriraj says something. Either we hear all view points or hear none. That would be true secularism and tolerant society.

If NDTV is leftist then we need another english TV which will represent the right viewpoint and ask SRK why he is ungrateful,unappreciative?

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