NDTV’s double standards on Twitter abuse


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20 Apr 2013

 
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NDTV’s double standards on Twitter abuse

Those who tweet regularly are quite familiar with the common complaints by the media – I am being abused. NDTV’s group editor Barkha Dutt always goes a step further. At every available opportunity, she talks about the need to regulate social media to contain this abuse and how “online venom” is “dangerous”. Given her strong position this, one would imagine that NDTV will never give a platform to known abusers. And here’s where NDTV stumped everyone — twice in one week!

The topic for their weekly show ‘The Big Fight’ was ‘Twitter wars’ — alluding to the recent hashtag “war” on Twitter between supporters of Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi. Quite expectedly, the moderator of this show Vikram Chandra (who is also CEO, NDTV) brought in the topic of ‘abuse’. So far, so good.

One of the panelists on this show was Sanjay Jha, known quite well for the abuse he engages in on Twitter and a regular face of the Congress on many TV channels (including NDTV). A Newsluandry journalist pointed this out on the show itself — he read out an abusive tweet in which Jha calls Narendra Modi a ‘badmaash’. This was just a sample. Jha is capable of far worse (he even makes weird, unwanted references to Modi’s personal life). Jha proudly agreed that he stands by that tweet. He says that it is the ‘truth’ that Modi is a ‘badmaash’.

I asked Vikram Chandra if he believed this amounted to abuse. He agreed. I asked him why he didn’t do anything about it when this happened on his show. I am yet to receive a logical and satisfactory answer.

Not to be left behind, almost on a parallel, another high-profile journalist from NDTV, Sreenivasan Jain did a program on the exact same topic. This was not a debate, only a 20-minute show bizarrely titled, ‘Truth vs Hype’. Sreenivasan Jain went a step further and interviewed possibly the worst ever serial abuser the Internet has ever seen – Amaresh Mishra.

Amaresh Mishra has threatened to kill people. He even threated to kill the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. He is a known Congress leader. There have been news items on him before his advent on Twitter. He claims that he met Digvijay Singh and Rahul Gandhi recently held discussions with them!

In fact, in their show, NDTV clearly shows a tweet in which Amaresh Mishra wishes that “sanghis” are raped and killed. They very mildly ask him, “Is this not abuse?” The mild tone is difficult to miss — one should contrast this to the posture NDTV anchors adopt to ‘abuse’ on Twitter. Amaresh Mishra then goes on to explain how they worked as a team to make sure one hashtag was trending.

Despite such clinching evidence, NDTV merrily airs the two-minute segment on Amaresh with not even a mild rebuke. Then we discover that the two-minute clip on the programme has been edited out! Many tweeple have persistently questioned Sreenivasan Jain on why this clip was removed. Was it because of Amaresh’s reference to meeting Rahul Gandhi? Sreenivasan Jain replies saying they took that clip out because a tweeter alerted them about Amaresh’s death threat to her!

The explanation is bizarre to say the least! Does he mean to say that if the said tweeter hadn’t alerted, he (and NDTV) would have had no qualms in providing a platform to such a blatant abuser? NDTV itself has aired his abusive tweets and has tried to equate them with non-descript abuse from independent tweeters. Why has NDTV decided to be a platform for helping Amaresh Mishra spread abuse and hatred? Why does NDTV not have any reservations on airing abuse by Sanjay Jha?

Day in and day out, many anchors rant about being abused. Merrily and happily, they provide a platform to known abusers from the Congress side. A ‘Twitter war’ is not a new phenomenon. Over the last three to four years, the monopoly of the English language TV media has been challenged on social media. But the media has chosen to ignore this challenge because it exposes them! But curiously (and perhaps conveniently) today, the media wakes up to a BJP vs Congress ‘war’ and tries to further their agenda of ‘rampant abuse’ on Twitter! And in doing this, NDTV takes the help of known abusers! The irony can’t get any more amusing.


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  • Venkat

    Yes These channels , particularly NDTV provide a platform to abuse any body and every body. Their questioning would be mild

  • http://twitter.com/Prahaar2 Prahaar

    Sanjay Jha, BD, RS, MSA et al are in the same league. SG never finds any abusive tweets from INC-pasand personalities, but claims she is *independent*.

  • debasish

    kanchan,you are so mild and unsure that it gets you no where.if you want to combat sanjay jhas such gentleness will come a cropper

  • S. Kumar

    The MSM were jumping for joy at the news of missing Indian American youngster Sunil Tripathi being a suspect in the Boston bombing. They were salivating at the prospect of linking it to so called saffron terror. However their glee was short lived when it was revealed that the actual culprits were Chechen Muslims. One almost felt sorry for them looking at the visibly disappointed faces.

  • sanjeev

    NDTV stands for NEW DELHI Television, it stands by its name. It thinks only of Govt. at New Delhi, their paymasters. It is not worried about New Delhi as a city, their security, this country as a whole. Look at the way how they always defend the Delhi Govt. How they are so mute in asking Central Govt for high price rise, rising inflation, highest level of corruption since independence, security threat, and endless list. They protect their paymasters from the beginning of any crisis to its end. They do many Hit Jobs in sending a positive image of the govt. many a time.

    NDTV’s only concern, only fear, only agenda right now is to STOP MODI AT ANY COST. They were having a serial “World This Week” once which has now been changed to “MODI This Week”. All the best NDTV, People are slowly getting to know your tricks. One thing you and your friends in other Media channel should understand: You can fool some of the people some of the time, but not all of the people all the Time. Only TIME (KALA) will tell this.

  • Rakesh

    Mr. Sudhir Kumar you mention about all the abuser but you forgot about another Congress breed (Mani Shankar Aiyer). He on live show on many channel again and again equated Modi with Hitler. On one of the show with Sonia Singh NDTV he made following comment with reference to Menaskhi Lekhi, “I made a complete a$$ of her”(Note: Menaskhi Lekhi was not present in the penal to defend herself). Sonia Singh not even once told Mani Shankar Aiyer to apologize.
    I can go on and on Mani Shankar Aiyer’s abuses but I think I made my point.

    • S. Sudhir Kumar (@ssudhirkumar)

      Rakesh – you make a very pertinent point here. Somehow Mani Shankar was missed. Sometime last year, I asked that viewers boycott the channel when he is on live!

      -Sudhir

  • Rajalakshmi

    The best solution is to ignore & boycott ndtv , cnn-ibn altogether.

    I always pray vikram chandras , barkha dutts , rajdeep sardesais etc etc -ALL of them get bomb blasted or persih in some massive earthquake.

  • http://www.niticentral.com Hari Om

    I admire Mr S Sudhir Kumar after reading what he wrote very succinctly. Barkha Dutt is one of those anchors who have been fighting relentlessly for the undesirables, including Kashmiri separatists and Pakistan, notwithstanding the fact that her own family migrated from Sialkot (Pakistan) to India to escape its liquidation. But why only Barkha Dutt? Rajinder Sachhar and his brother-in-law Kuldip Nayar, who had also fled from Sialkot in 1947 to lead a dignified life, have also been doing the same. The fact is that there are many Dutts, Nayars, Mani Shankar Aiyars, who also migrated to India from Pakistan, to mention only a few, who have been painting India black. Her opposition to social media is not without any reason. She, like many others, who enjoy official patronage, believes, and rightly, that the social media has been playing a very important role in educating Indian public opinion and exposing the likes of Barkha Dutt. It is not only Dutt who wants to regulate social media. The Sonia Congress and UPA Government have also been thinking in such terms. They are so afraid of social media.

  • Shiva

    NDTV does seem to be a propaganda tool of Congress party. Barkha Dutt is close to Sona Gandhi and she is the most feared journalist for Congress party members. One whisper from her to Sonia can make or break a political career n Congress.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1510337189 As Raghunath

    In a recent tweeple get-together in Delhi, a social media enthusiast informed me in an informal chat that Mr. Srinivasan Jain of NDTV did an extensive shoot of the BJP’s IT cell at the Ashoka Road Head quarters, for this very programme. He took his crew members there, examined minutely the interiors of the cell and its infrastructure and man power and spent a lot of time shooting its interiors. When the final capsule was put out on air, this footage in its entirety was missing! Not just this, he even recorded the bytes of its functionary and distorted his statement by mischievous editing.

    That NDTV undertook these two shows to please their Akbar Road masters, is a foregone conclusion. Spending hours in BJP’s IT cell and seizing up the infrastructure and its human asset appears to be a commissioned assignment for their prestigious clients!

    NDTV was not the only channel summoned for this project job! Lest they not get congenial reception at Ashoka Road, the clients had even sent another channel there. Soon after this #Feku episode Headlines Today also undertook a similar pilgrimage to the party’s IT cell for the shoot but even this was never aired in their show!

    Akbar Road is surely interested in making an on-ground assessment of BJP’s assets. Part of the 100-Cr project!

  • http://www.niticentral.com Hari Om

    I admire Mr S Sudhir Kumar after reading what he wrote very succinctly. Barkha Dutt is one of those anchors who have been fighting relentlessly for the undesirables, including Kashmiri separatists and Pakistan, notwithstanding the fact that her own family migrated from Sialkot (Pakistan) to India to escape its liquidation. But why only Barkha Dutt? Rajinder Sachhar and his brother-in-law Kuldip Nayar, who had also fled from Sialkot in 1947 to lead a dignified life in India, have also been doing the same. The fact is that there are many Dutts, Nayars, Mani Shankar Aiyars, who also migrated to India from Pakistan, to mention only a few, who have been painting India black. Her opposition to social media is not without any reason. She, like many others, who enjoy official patronage, believes, and rightly, that the social media has been playing a very important role in educating Indian public opinion and exposing the likes of Barkha Dutt. It is not only Dutt who wants to regulate social media. The Sonia Congress and UPA Government have also been thinking in such terms. They are so afraid of social media. They see in social media their fall and destruction.

  • Sumer Agarwal

    What you have written is being indulged in by the MEDIA,particularly English in running down everything INDIAN . They give more exposure to SEPARATISTS THAN TO KASHMIRII PANDITS plight. Fot them and their bosses , the main aim is to fill their coffers with Govt or party money . They are not there to give their FREE AND FRANK views and reporting to the viewers

    • Rajalakshmi

      Sumer Agarwal ,

      You are indeed right. Most of them are owned by several christian missionaries. The names of the missionaries were all exposed in detail by Radha Rajan.

      Times of India is also excessively secoolar. Vijay tv is heavily christianised. Or rather notorious inculturation tactics of evangelicals-that is what one finds. The host of a show called Neeya Naana is a crypto christian with the name Gopinath.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000436735803 Vikas Lakhanpal

    I have blocked NDTV and CNN-IBN long time back.

  • http://twitter.com/cspraveenjain प्रवीण जैन

    corrupt news channels are just doing their paid job, least to say. They are all set to support current ruling party in all manner.

  • onedharma

    NDTV is owned by a family that has deep communist marxist links, CPIM

    What did Marx actually say about India?

    ”England as two roles to fulfill in India, one destroying Indian society, two replacing it with western materialism.”

    NDTV has taken this role but masked their hatred and biased point of view, as news, entertainment and information.




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