I believe it is Ravinar of Mediacrooks.com who used to repeat the line “LIE BIG RETRACT SMALL”. Because in media and politics, the truth doesn’t matter. Only the narrative and the storyline matters. The media created the “church attacks”. The media created the Dadri lynching. The media crafted the doctored JNU videos.
No, not literally. The media did not tell some gambler to go throw a stone at a church in Mumbai. The media did not tell some thief to steal Rs 8000 from a missionary school in Delhi. The media did not tell someone to go steal cattle in Dadri, neither did the media carry out the actual murder.
But the media gets to pick and choose what we remember and which possibilities are played up at what time. THAT is the sense in which media invents these stories. Later on, long after the stories have run their course, these smug Lutyensites actually recline indulgently and often taunt us openly by saying that “mistakes were made”. One prominent journo sued and silenced a poor blogger for criticizing her 2008 Mumbai terror reporting and then years later admitted in an interview to Madhu Trehan that “mistakes were made” that might have helped the enemy. She must have felt good while making that confession… the smug joy of having done something and gotten away with it.
Another prominent Lutyensite recently wrote in her column that media might have been guilty of exaggerating the church attacks…it was a big F**k you to us all. What she was really saying was: yes we lied and it worked, what are you going to do about it now?
And so, not surprisingly, the JNU doctored videos story goes the same way: get this!
Come again please…
Did someone just say:
“In its final report, the CFSL has stated that the raw video footage of the Feb 9 incident on JNU campus aired on Zee News was authentic”
Will every single journo and intellectual who talked about “doctored videos” please render an unconditional apology to Zee News and all the “bhakts” ? And you know what? They just might. In some cozy interview, many many years later, they might smugly admit that they were wrong. Who cares? They spread the lie successfully when it mattered, didn’t they? Who cares now? That story has run its course.
Whichever way you look at the JNU story, there is no doubt that the masterful Kejriwal has just shown the world how to lie with aplomb. I remember when the videos first came out and the Left was totally on the mat. Even some leftie loons wrote in the DailyO not exactly condemning the video, but scolding the over-enthusiastic cadres at JNU for being dumb enough to be so open about their treason. Then, some journos on Twitter began a whisper campaign calling the videos “doctored”. I don’t remember precisely who started it, but if my memory isn’t playing tricks on me, I think Simon Sharma was among the first few to jump into this campaign.
And then the master liar Kejriwal played his innings.
Kejriwal quickly took some random videos from who knows where and sent them off to some random “Truth Labs” somewhere in Hyderabad run by his friends. It didn’t matter at all that Truth Labs isn’t accredited by NABL. Kejriwal knew that his media friends would take care of those little details. Then Truth Labs faithfully sent back a report to Kejriwal saying the videos were doctored. It was now a simple matter for 526 crore media to claim that the videos had been proved to be doctored.
Let’s not get angry over what Kejriwal did. Let’s appreciate his guile. This was smart politics. He proved nimble footed in his response. Would Rahul Gandhi have thought of quickly inventing some “Truth Labs” and getting the videos discredited by this unaccredited Lab? I don’t think so. But Kejriwal was resourceful; he managed to fight the perception battle brilliantly on television. The question is, why didn’t BJP invent its own “Satya Labs” 2 days before Kejriwal discovered “Truth Labs” and get the videos certified as genuine? Why couldn’t the BJP have paid off people in the media to say that CFSL has already found the videos to be genuine? As I said before, truth doesn’t matter here, only the narrative does.
Even when Kanhaiya’s history of exposing himself to women came out of the closet, the BJP was only half-successful in making it a nationwide headline. Kanhaiya becomes a celebrity throwing every possible slur at Narendra Modi. And the BJP gets a massive opportunity when Kanhaiya is caught quite literally with his pants down misbehaving with a woman. This should have been enough for the ruling party to create a storm and sink Kanhaiya Kumar. The woman in question was furious with Kanhaiya Kumar (and why shouldn’t she be?). The BJP could have finished Kanhaiya Kumar’s career then and there, gotten him rusticated from college by pressing the issue. But the BJP was flat footed and let go of the opportunity. Yes, he has retreated into his dark hole now, but the BJP came out looking weak and unable to pick its opportunities.
What do you guys think?
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