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Sunday, August 03, 2008

How Stupid Can BJP Be

One has to wonder if BJP lives in a self-created bubble. Is it blind to the fact that most, if not all, major English news channels are biased again BJP and generally biased against Hindu - as a religion - issues? CNN-IBN and NDTV, especially, have repeatedly abhorred BJP while playing second fiddle to Congress I and its allies, communists, until few days ago, or SP, now. Any sane thinking person can see this. Apparently not the BJP.

So when BJP wanted to perform a sting operation against the corrupt Congress I and Samajwadi Party bribing BJP MPs, it called CNN-IBN? What were they thinking? And CNN-IBN performed, along predictable lines, its duty for Congress I - after all it's payback time for its top editors after getting Padma Sris from the same Congress I government few months ago. We are told CNN-IBN couldn't show the tapes because the report wasn't complete. How convenient because, now, it will never be complete! We can see the completeness of their reporting everyday on every topic - from news flashes to journalists reports. In a classic Indian fashion, facts and events were muddied and doubt was created even as the actual tapes weren't shown. One can imagine how devastating the tapes really are to the Congress I's government.

Sudheendra Kulkarni, advisor to Sri Advani, says he was witness to the entire sting operation and that the CNN-IBN reporter, Sidarth Gautam, clearly said that the tapes will be broadcast.

I was a witness to most of what they have stated in their petition to the Speaker and vouch for its authenticity. I was with the CNN-IBN team almost from the beginning to the end of its sting operation and have witnessed its recording of the operation. I have no hesitation in affirming that the channel has double-crossed the whistle-blowers by flouting its own solemn assurance to telecast the tape before the trust vote was taken on July 22. I am willing to depose before the inquiry committee and ready to face any punishment if found guilty.
So much for assurances from any media, let alone a media that is hates BJP. Why exactly didn't BJP have its own cameras rolling? Or make another copy of the tapes before CNN-IBN took them away? And why didn't BJP look for a more friendly news channel, in the first place?

Apparenty BJP was not just naive but stupid. It got conned by the media and it should have known better. And the boycott is better late then never. May be now BJP will realize what the English news media is up to and do something about it.