How did Robert Vadra vanish off the front pages?

29 October 2012

A week is a long time for the media in Scamistan. The ripples caused by Sonia Gandhi‘s son-in-law Robert Vadra‘s real-estate dealings have given way to the hera-pheri of BJP president Nitin Gadkari‘s.

The veteran editor and columnist Virendra Kapoor writes in The Sunday Guardian:

You can be forgiven if you believe that Nitin Gadkari‘s is the only scam in town. Saturation coverage by television channels in the past couple of days should have ordinarily left no one in doubt that he is at the centre of the biggest scam of our times.

Even newspapers which have virtually become an extension of the ruling establishment seemed to have suddenly discovered merit in Gadkari’s financial shenanigans, splashing as front-page lead the alleged wrongdoing by his companies while being completely oblivious to the humongous misdeeds of the leading lights of UPA.

Admittedly, it is hard to take on the incumbent powers. Editors simultaneously charged with the responsibility of keeping a close watch on the bottom-line, theirs and the paper’s, have to necessarily suck up to the corporate and political bosses — never mind the pretence in social and professional gatherings. But what of the cash-rich media houses straddling huge print and television empires?

Apparently, a strong word was conveyed that they should leave Sonia Gandhi‘s son-in-law well alone. Ministers, including I&B boss Ambika Soni, are said to have reached out to the media houses, gently suggesting that further interest in the doings of Robert Vadra and his multifarious business activities would be most unwelcome.

Now, when you treat journalism at par with selling soap cakes it is not hard to fall in line with the political establishment, is it?

So, the switch, instead, to Nitin Gadkari’s private companies.

Read the full column: Hammer Gadkari to save Vadra and other scamsters

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4 Responses to “How did Robert Vadra vanish off the front pages?”

  1. Kerala Varma kelappan Says:

    Are you too sure NCP and its founder are not being shielded.

  2. Anu Kurian Says:

    What’s interesting is that the media always respected Sonia Gandhi’s boundaries and that extended to Vadra…. notice how the media houses have been enthusiastic in digging out Gadkari’s “misdeeds”…now we are being selective about the way we highlight news??? That’s what happens when you listen to Kejriwal… he’s doing the shooting and asking the media to go pick up his rabbit!!! Kejriwal probably has many such bones under his sleeve and the media unashamedly are falling for it!!


  3. so you mean theres not one anti- cong media out there or they are all controlled by congress?

  4. Sam Says:

    There is also the bigger picture that most of you want to ignore –

    Nitin Gadkari SHOULD be more in the news because
    1. He is a very high profile politician.
    2. Journalists have investigated and uncovered proof that substantiates the allegations against him.

    Coverage on Robert Vadra is down for the same reason –
    1. He is a businessman.
    2. Journalists are still investigating the allegations against him but except for moral and ethically questionable business practices, haven’t really found anything substantial that can prove that he actually broke any law or did something illegal.

    —-

    You guys should be happy that facts is winning over fiction …


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