Biased Journalism in India: Times of India

Journalism has always been a muddy place. Many news agencies and TV channels have their leanings based on political backing and ownership . It’s no secret that many people believe(including me) that media can be influenced easily by the powerful to not only under report but to simply ignore the popular issue based on what suits the power lords.

But there are very few moments when the journalism on an issue, as overwhelming as the emergence of a new powerful political force which could change the way elections happen in this country  ,is so shoddy and so damn one-sided by almost all news agencies  that you simply lose faith in all forms of organized media.

This is my attempt to look at how Various news agencies(Online news portals) reacted and reported about when #AAP (Aam aadmi party) Sting tapes were first released and the further coverage after AAP got hold of the RAW tapes and exposed the blatant lies.

This blog talks about Times of India: India’s biggest and sadly the most visited news website

When the edited sting tapes were first released

Sting operation against AAP leaders, Kejriwal cries conspiracy; Shazia Ilmi offers not to contest poll

Points to note:

  1. A detail of what exactly was shown in the tapes
  2. A reference that Anna Hazare condemned them for taking all this money which was collected at Hazare’s agitation for election purpose (without mentioning that Anna merely asked for clarification and did not condemn him and also stated that he believed it was false but) wanted to confirm

Placement: I do not have screenshots but I remember seeing a lot of news like this on TOIs Front page , displayed prominently

Stung Aam Aadmi Party says it will sue portal

  1. Again a reiteration of what exactly was shown in the taped
  2. Statements from media sarkar and AAP
  3. Defence of AAP(Good thing)

When AAP got hold of RAW footage and showed what all was edited, what all was added and perhaps proved that it was all doctored to malign them

Point to be noted: Absolutely NO Mention anywhere on Home page of TOI

Money given to media houses to defame us, Kejriwal says

Points to be noted:

  1. Headlined does not mention anything about Media Sarkar’s manipulation of tapes
  2. No mention of how the tapes were manipulated
  3. No mention that Anna announced that he will support AAP candidates and that Arvind is clean
  4. Mentioning that AAP gave clean chit to all it’s candidates and no mention of why, even though enough details were furnished by AAP
  5. Home page mention(cannot see now) of Nutan Thakur resigning from AAP without seeking clarification from AAP on what post she holds(NONE). You can register 100 ppl in AAP by paying 10 rs each and resign next day to make news


Maybe I have a bias, would love to be proved wrong…

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Dance of the monkeys…Hail Democracy

This is a very short post I am writing because i am completely disgusted by our politicians and worst of alll Media..

What Media asks Digivay singh:..Is RSS linked to Mumbai Blasts…

Digvijay replies–I Have proof that RSS is linked to violence but not in this case(He said Violence..)

What Media reports–Digvijay singh says RSS is terrorist organization and has a hand in Mumbai Blasts..

How RSS reacts…We are not violent and we will prove it by breaking chairs and disrupting any place where Digvijay comes….How dare he call us terrorists and how dare he say we had a hand in Blasts

Mumbai Attacks 2011
Mumbai doesnt need to know how sorry you are for their loss or how you stopped 99% attack or why Digvijay said RSS is terrorist. Please STOP this nonsense

Am I watching a bunch of monkeys here?…Is it me or has the media gone Mad or they think we are soo stupid? And RSS folks..Did u even listen to what Digvijay said? Worst of al,Digvijay singh,Stop it dude..You have something bring it out…. Help wounded Mumbaikars and stop these idiotic things.

RSS you call yourselves swayam sevak sangh? Please go to Mumbai and help people rather than breaking chairs> Spend your energies on making Mumbai safe, you have such a huge bunch of followers, ask them to train teh common man how to be more vigilant, Oh sorry Thats not YOUR JOB , your job is to simply make ruckus you are no better than the people you oppose

Media—Ok seriously NDTV ,ZEE you guys seriously should think of switching careers to daily soaps.heights of sensationalization

I Am yet to see any mature reaction from anyone ….Why can we have 1 just 1 of these 3 (govt,opposition and media) behave sensibly?

What i wanted to see and here is my Wish list or request list, whatever you want to call it

1. These So Called media doing something to help out the poor victims rather than showing tears and asking them about there loss

2. Government–Ask mr Diggy to Shut Up ,help mumbaikars and catch those Bloody terrorist and DONT MAKE ANY STATEMENTS condoling the victims and telling how good your police has been. Do YOUR JOB we are smart enough to see that. And Please Ask your pseudo Gandhi “Youth Icon” not to behave like Prime Minister and not to pass any statements about how many terror attacks were stopped. How does he even know? Is he the Home minister?

3.Opposition: You can have your political leverage later, Please Be united for once don’t put oil in fire, Do you know we indian people can see what you guys are doing? Atleast let Mumbai Heal partially.

4.Media–You are the biggest culprits, Dont show me the clippings of all terror attacks with re enactments and falshing headlines where you say one word/half sentences at a time

Kya Seekha Hamne isse

Kya hum surakshit hain

Kya ab mumbai kabhi so payega

Are you guys crazy?Are you making a Film? If yes ,please leave this job get into film industry, How would you ract if one of your family memebers was a victim of this?

Just DONT ASK whose responsible from our stupid politicians, Just focus on the tragedy at hand,Think about ways to help, educate people on how to be more alert, run educational campaigns but sorry THATS NOT YOUR JOB Right?

you constantly report how politicians are playing blame game and trying to take political leverage out of this tragedy, but what are you doing? Showing that again and again, be sensible.You think its wrong? Just dont AIR it, but sorry YOU HAVE TO AIR IT, thats what gives you TRPs right?

You know its ethically and morally wrong to take advantage but YOU WILL DO IT , I am sorry you are the biggest culprits. Politicians might have their Moral Compass aligned wrong but you claim to have it right and still do it.  You are like a prostitute who is protesting against a lady wearing jeans. Wow hands down to you

For once act mature, don’t add slide effects and remove your actor cum reporters ,get your act straight, you have the power to make a difference,stop making a fool of yourself and underestimating the intelligence of indians, we are SMART enough

Can anyone of you do this, Anyone means anyone. Just one person please act maturely

I wanted to keep this short enough but somehow I cant stop myself.Is it just me?

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