[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]here is flattery. Then there is obeisance and a level higher, genuflection. One is at a loss to rank this Aditi Phadnis post as to where it belongs! Paid News in Indian media is back with a bang (one might ask, with reason as to when it went away!) as all of a sudden these are coming out of the woods, especially in the recent past. Recalling old debts/ Calling in favours – call it whatever you want.
Only a worshiper of Chidambaram or a Paid News writer can write like this.
A write-up appeared in the Business Standard personifying Karti and father Chidambaram. Shockingly this piece was written by veteran journalist Aditi Phadnis, Political Editor of the newspaper.
In the May 19th published article titled No stranger to political rumbles the writer rues the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) for targeting Karti and P Chidambaram. The lady journalist even issues a certificate to Chidambaram that he can’t be influenced or bribed!!!
One such gem from the Political Editor of Business Standard: “Anyone who has worked with P Chidambaram knows it is impossible to influence, bribe or blackmail him into doing anything. And he knows administrative process and the law too well to break it.” Only a worshiper of Chidambaram or a Paid News writer can write like this.
The writer also asserts that “Neither Karti nor his father, P Chidambaram, is overly anxious about the current troubles.” The writer’s anxiety over the charges of CBI on the father and son can be seen across the piece. She also tries to put the blame on Government Secretaries for granting the dubious Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance, where his son Karti is caught by CBI for pocketing around Rs. Five crores ($775,000).
We saw Business Standard caught with another Paid News-like item yesterday, doubting the merit of CBI’s 12 page First Information Report(FIR).
Business Standard is now caught like The Hindu newspaper’s infamous publication of former Telecom Minister A. Raja’s full page interviews glossing over the 2G Scam. Media houses must realize that they will drown with their political masters as it is becoming increasingly clear that the corrupt can run but they can’t hide.
PGurus has listed the humongous assets amassed by Chidambaram family across the Globe in a detailed article.
Below is the accolade piece by Aditi Phadnis to the Chidambarams:
1. The conversion rate used in this article is 1 USD = 64.46 Rupees.
2. Text in Blue points to additional data on the topic.
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