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Friday, January 30, 2009

Did NDTV apologize to Barkha Dutt? Hilarious!

This is a classic case of the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing. A friend pointed out something hilarious about the whole Kunte-NDTV episode. itself had carried an IANS story criticizing media coverage during 26/11, and this story had quoted Chetan Kunte's contentious post extensively. The story WAS here. Why WAS? Because the link now gives a 404 error. Maybe NDTV was sued by its own lawyers on behalf of Barkha Dutt, and they took the post down with an apology to Ms Dutt.

So as itself reported -

"Appalling journalism," says Chyetanya Kunte, a Netherlands-based engineer, on his web blog Nov 27.

"In one instance, Barkha Dutt of NDTV asks a husband about his wife who is either stuck or held as a hostage. The poor guy adds in the end about where she was last hiding. In another instance, a general of sorts suggests that there were no hostages in Oberoi Trident. Then Dutt calls the head of Oberoi (live) and the idiot confirms a possibility of 100 or more people still in to slay," Kunte says.

Thank heavens for google caches, although I strongly suspect NDTV might get this cleared from the caches soon. Heh!