Vir Sanghvi & Barkha Dutt: “We were targeted”

27 January 2011

Society, the monthly lifestyle magazine of the Magna group owned by Nari Hira, has a cover story on Vir Sanghvi and Barkha Dutt in its January 2011 issue.

For the first time, the two journalists most affected by the Niira Radia tapes, appear on the same platform.

In his 3-page interview, Sanghvi states:

“I am told by one of the publications that received the tapes that they came neatly marked and sub-divided. Barkha Dutt’s conversations were first and mine were second. So, we were not collateral damage. The intention of the leaker was to target us.”

In her one-page interview, Dutt states:

“I can’t comment on why the leakage has been so selective. But clearly, the conversations have been cherry picked and, in the interests of transparency, I think all 5,000-plus conversations should now be made public.”

Both journalists speak on the life-lessons from Radiagate. And, like in their TV appearances following the controversy, Sanghvi appears the more remorseful of the two.

Sanghvi says:

“I think the important thing for all of us to realise is that no matter whether we are well-known or successful, the truth is that we are nothing without the faith of our readers and our viewers. At the end of the day, if we cannot explain our own actions, then we cannot expect them to take us seriously when we comment on the actions of others…. All of us in the media are what our readers and viewers have made us. Without them, we are nothing.”

Dutt says:

“My viewers don’t need to be disheartened. The way the story has been presented is so caricatured and distorted that it is made to look in a certain way. I am still the same journalist that I always was. I strongly object to the way these stories have been written.”

Also read: Barkha Dutt tarred by pure malice: Khushwant Singh

When Rajdeep Sardesai got it left, right and centre

Is it really so difficult to say, sorry, maaf karo?

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4 Responses to “Vir Sanghvi & Barkha Dutt: “We were targeted””

  1. uttara Says:

    barkha dutt says she is still the journalist that she always was? now that’s worrying

    • venu nallore Says:

      CERTAIN PEOPLE DO NOT HAVE ANY REMORSE OR SHAME TO COME PUBLIC AND SHOW UP EVEN WHEN THEY REALLY KNOW THAT REVELATIONS ABOUT THEIR MISDEEDS AND CORRUPTION HAS SURFACED AND THEY ARE STILL CONDUCTING PROGRAMME TO THE VERY PEOPLE WHO LOOKS DOWN ON THEM DUE TO THE TAINT SUCH SERIOUS UNJOURNALISTIC
      MISCONDUCT HAS BROUGHT OUT. FOR THEM THEIR
      JOB, AND THE ATTRACTIVE POSITIONS ARE MORE
      IMPOROTANT THAN THE HUMILIATION IN KNOWING
      THAT THEIR YEARS LONG DECEIT TO THE PUBLIC AND THE CITIZENS OF INDIA IN SIDING WITH
      POLITICAL PARTIES AND DISTORTING FACTS, NEWS AND STORIES IS OPEN TO PUBLIC AND WHO SEE THEM AS UNTOUCHABLES LIKE ANY OTHER
      ILLS OF THE SOCIETY. THEY MUST KNOW THAT THE MOMENT THEIR FACE APPEAR ON THEIR CHANNEL, WITH HOWEVER FAMOUS AND MIGHTY
      GUEST, THE VIEWER IS TRIGGERED WITH DISLIKE, HATE AND CONTEMPT TOWARDS THESE
      JOURNALISTS AND HE OR SHE IS DEFINITELY
      AWARE OF IT THOUGH ACT AS THEY DO NOT JUST FOR THE SAME OF STICKING TO THAT JOB.

  2. Mahesh Vijapurkar Says:

    From miscovering to a cover! What a cover-up!!

  3. ashok Says:

    I cannot believe what both journalists are saying


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