10.1 Overview : the problem and the methods I propose to reduce it
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Advertisements contain the only truths to be relied on in a newspaper.
– Thomas Jefferson , US Freedom Fighter and 2nd US President, 1819
The problem in a nutshell is that these days, all textbook-writers and mainstream mediamen are paid by elitemen to write and exclude certain topics. Now is that new? No. In India, since 1860, all politics\history\economics textbooks have been paid textbooks and all political news have been paid news. And perhaps, even before 1860 AD, may be, textbook writers and mediamen were paid. But for this book, I will focus only on post-1860 India.
In India, from 1860-1947 almost all political textbook writers and mediamen took benefits in terms or cash or career from British-elitemen. Eg Indian mediamen wrote in favor of Duratma Gandhi because British had paid mediamen to praise Duratma Gandhi to reduce the influence of Mahatma Lala Lajpat Rai, Mahatma Bhagat Singh, Rashtrapita Mahatma Subhashchandra Bose etc. From 1947-1991, the textbook writers and mediamen took cash\career benefits from Indian elitemen and Ministers and wrote textbooks and news to favor their interests. Eg textbook writers and mediamen gave false importance to Duratma Gandhi and uneventful 1942 Quit India Movement, and gave near zero importance to Rashtrapita Mahatma Subhashchandra Bose and Navy Revolt of 1946. The paid-textbook-writes and paid-historians write it “Navy Mutiny” and not “Navy Revolt”. Same way historians never write why British East India Company Directors ordered addition of cow fat and pig fat in bullets in 1850s. All this was because of payments that mediamen, historians and textbook writers got from Nehru etc.
Since 1991 AD, textbook writers and mediamen have been increasingly taking benefits from MNC-owners, Missionaries and Saudi Arabia’s Islamists. And they write political-textbooks, news, columns, editorials etc to suit the interests of MNC-owners, Missionaries and Saudi Islamists. Eg the newspapers refused to write the fact that rioters in Assam in aug-2012 were illegal Muslim Bangladeshi infiltrators and instead wrote “Muslim Banglabhashi settlers”, as if they were all from West Bengal. Same way, paid-mediamen refused to report the fact that through out apr-2011 to now, The Anna and Team etc were helped by Congress to grow so that they can cut down influence of Swami Ramdevjji. All this was due to MNC, Missionary, Saudi Arabian and Congress funding.
So what solution do I propose to this paid-media mess? A short-term solution I propose to Recallists is “activist-paid-advertisements” and contesting elections; and long term solution I propose is a Gazette Notification to create “news paid and forced by citizens” by enacting Right to Recall Doordarshan Chairman and other such procedures. So please note – my proposal is NOT that we should be voted into power and then we will print RTR-DD-Chairman draft (DD = Doordarshan) in the Gazette. And I do not insist on a mass-movement to force PM to print RTR-DD-Chairman-law-draft in the Gazette. My proposal is — we, citizens of India, should ask PM to take public opinion using TCP, on whether RTR-DD-Chairman should be printed in Gazette or not. The public opinion will enable PM to decide whether RTR-DD-Chairman should be printed or not. And till TCP comes, the activists should used paid advertisements, pamphlets distribution and election contesting to distribute news.
And most importantly, in this chapter, I have also explained why method of giving activist-paid-advertisements in big newspapers is more time/money efficient than often proposed method of starting a new magazine or new TV-channel for us Recallists. And how contesting election is also a powerful tool to counter elitemen-paid-media for us Recallists.
For all this, I first need to explain you how political-news spread amongst citizens.
10.2 How “serious political news” spread in India (and also other countries)
I would explain you, how I think, serious political information spreads as of today. For that, I would give you some idea about
I. how much time different persons in society spend in gathering and passing the political information,
II. nature of political information and
III. types of sources
I. How much time different persons in society spend in gathering and passing political information,
When it comes to spending time in gathering and passing on political information, I broadly divide people into two groups —
(C1) non-activists who spend 1-2 hours a week and
(C2) activists who spend several more hours, say 2-20 hours a week.
I label them as C1 and C2 as they denote the two types of citizens.
II. Nature of political information
Further, I would divide the “political information” into two parts –
(I1) headlines and summary– necessary to create interest and grab attention
I label them as I1 and I2 as they denote types of information. The “details” will include gathering more information, cross-verifying and cross-analyzing. Cross-verification and cross-analyzing requires material resources such as access to books, magazines and internet. And cross-analyzing needs desire, skills and practice. And devil always lies in details. E.g. headlines will tell that The Anna is seriously interested in Right to Recall; but only detailed examination will reveal that The Anna’s goal is to kill Right to Recall proposals !!! This is a difference between science\maths and non-science like politics. In a science\maths, gathering details will not contradict the headline or summary. But in non-sciences, particularly politics, when one gathers details, he will often find that the headline was all wrong and opposite !! In general, devil lies in details. In political news, the headlines and summaries are useless, only details are important.
III. Types of sources
Now lets look at sources of information. Following 5 are mainstream sources :
(M1) school textbooks in civics, sociology, history, political science, economics etc. subjects
(M2) Doordarshan (Govt owned TV-channel) , all India Radio
(M3) news in big newspapers , big magazines, private radio stations
(M4) news , programs in private TV-channels
(M5) and most important — people around them that they know.
I have labeled them as M1 to M5 as they are mainstream i.e. as high as 20% to 80% of population is covered by these 5 sources.
Now the activists take political information from following 6 sources, that common men seldom use
(N1) collage textbooks used for political science and history
(N2) newspaper columns on political topics
(N3) niche (niche = non-mainstream) books written on political topics, such as this book
(N4) articles in niche magazines in politics and economics
(N5) pamphlets and videos made by well-known or less-known activists
(N6) and meetings with other known or less-known activists
I have labeled them as N1-N6, as they niche i.e. they cover 0.001% to 2% population and no more.
IV. How politics related information flows
Now which of the 11 sources is the most important for distribution of headlines and details? And here comes the most surprising part and most important part in mass communication of political information :
(T1) the common men and even activists take headlines from newspapers, TV-channels etc but they never ever take details from newspapers and TV-channels !!
(T2) the commons take details only from M5 i.e. “word from mouths of persons they know and find worthy of listening to”.
(T3) the activists take details from N1-N6 i.e. collage textbooks, newspaper columns, pamphlets, videos of fellow activists and conversations with other activists. And of N1-N6, the most important source is N6
I have labeled them as T1-T3 as they denote ways by which transmission of information occurs.
Now why is M5 i.e. “word of mouths” far more popular than textbooks, newspapers and TV-channels when it comes to getting details?
There are two main reasons. First, because “word of mouth” is interactive and second, “word of mouth” is unpaid and so less wrong and more sensible compared to paid-media and paid-textbooks. And so word of mouth still has more credibility.
First reason is interactiveness. In “word of mouth”, listener can ask question and get answers, unlike media where listener gets no answer. When a citizen starts listening to or reading political information, he will get valid questions in his mind or may want explanations on the sentences whose meaning is not clear to him. And once the questions come into his mind, he will take further interest only after they get answers to their questions. If they do not get answers to the questions in their minds, then they lose interest and may also lose faith in the information they have obtained. So getting answers to the questions is must. Now a newspaper or TV-channel cannot interactively give answers to questions that come in the minds of readers and viewers. Whereas an activist who is giving political information in-person can interactively answer the questions that come in the mind of listener. So he is more popular as well as more effective than TV-channels and newspapers in giving the details.
And secondly, textbook-writers and mediamen have lost credibility because they repeatedly hid relevant information and focus more on less relevant issues. Most textbook-writers and mediamen have become paid-agents of elitemen and so write only what suits their masters’ interests. The common men can sense something wrong and fishy, though they may not be able to pinpoint and gather details of the deals. (eg in aug-2012, when Bangladeshies killed 40 or 400 Bodos in Asam and forced 200,000 to flee, the paid-newspapers wrote words “Muslim settlers” and not “illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators” to hide the fact most of these so called settlers were actually illegal Bangladeshi infiltrators. Now the common readers can sense something missing and fishy, though they may not be able to pinpoint the exact reason behind this misstatements. The exact reason was Saudi-money that comes to newspaper-owners). Now due to such repeated misreporting, under-reporting on important issues and over-reporting on petty issues, these mediamen and textbook writers have lost credibility in the eyes of us commons. The main reason why the mediamen repeatedly misreport, repeatedly underreport important facts and repeatedly over-report petty facts is the payments they get from MNC-owners, Missionaries and Saudi Arabia. Now number of activists is so large that elitemen cannot pay even 1% of them. So the activists by and large remained unpaid. And so activists do not downplay important events\factors and so have more credibility.
Now will (T2) and (T3) alone will not work? IOW, isn’t it possible to inform citizens by informing activists and then letting activists inform citizens, and not giving newspaper headlines? NO. Without (T1) i.e. newspaper headlines, news will not spread, no matter how much (T2) and (T3) are applied. That’s because newspaper headlines create demand for details on that political topic and create demand. The newspaper headlines or front-page news play very important role. Amongst many reason, one reason is that : when a reader reads front page of a large newspaper, he knows that lakhs of people are reading the same headline he is reading.
Every citizen who is living in society is consciously thinking of what other citizens are thinking. He may or may base all his thoughts on “what others are thinking”, but he does want to give it a due consideration. One reason is that, every citizen does want to be in tune with others, and does at least want to know what the trend is. So one reason why everyone rushes to read the newspaper headline is to know what lakhs of people in his own city are reading !!! Further, the headlines also create the discussion in public. Eg say a few persons are standing on tea-stall. Then most would have read the headline. So chances that that would become topic of the talk are higher than something that is niche.
So front-page items in the newspaper, particularly headlines, play important role in increasing curiosity, creating discussions and thus spreading political information in commons. Simply (T2) and (T3) will not suffice. Many organizations give lots of efforts in informing their members in important political topics. And their members are all loaded with information, and very eager to spread that information. But in common public, their political topic is not all a point of talk and there sin no curiosity in citizens to get information on those topics And so they simply do not get chance to spread information.
10.3 Why cost of spreading political news is high?
So the way details spread on political topics in society is
(T1) the common men and even activists take headlines from mainstream newspapers, TV-channels etc but they never ever take details from newspapers and TV-channels !!
(T2) the commons take details only from M5 i.e. “word from mouths of persons they know and find worthy of listening to”.
(T3) the activists get details from N1 to N6 i.e. collage textbooks, newspaper columns, pamphlets and videos of fellow activists and conversations they have in meetings with other activists.
All three are necessary. No matter how much activists know and tell, if the mainstream newspapers do not have headlines that cover that topic, the information will not spread.
So for mainstream newspaper to be effective in spreading political news, it must have lakhs and crores of readers. The person who wants to spread the news has to ensure that headlines reach crores of citizens. And he has to also ensure that activists also get the details. Now the commons buy newspapers less for political news, but also want news on sports, movies, movie-stars, entertainment, attractive pictures, science etc. So the newspapers, in order to ensure that that their circulation is in lakhs and crores, have to write about movies, movie stars, science and 10s of topics. So the newspaper becomes 20-24 pages thick and sometimes even thicker. E.g. The Paid Times of India Ahmedabad edition, with Ahmedabad Mirror, is some 48 pages of A3-size papers, and typical Gujarati daily newspaper is 24 A3-size pages (A3-size is 4 times, A4-size. A4 size is the size of this book’s paper). The cost of blank paper alone runs into Rs 5 and cost of printing will be another Rs 3 at least. To that, add salaries of journalists, electricity expense, phone bills, petrol expenses and rent or deemed rent of offices. This makes cost of newspaper Rs 12 to Rs 15 per copy. And the final sale price is Rs 4, of which ToI owner gets mere Rs 2.50 or even less. The theory says that advertisement will cover the difference between costs and readership revenue, but it is all wrong. The advertisers will give only what will benefit them and benefits advertisers get are way below the difference. So the newspaper-owners have to depend on the sponsors of the political information.
So all in all, costs of sending political news is high because some 98% population is less interested in political news. And in order to ensure that they read political headlines, the political headlines must be in newspaper which has sports, movies, entertainment, gossips and everything. So the paper size increases and drives up the cost.
10.4 And so, every political news has to be paid news
So like or hate it, let me re-state the cold facts.
The political information’s details are provided to citizens by activists and NOT by newspapers. But demand for details is created by newspaper and TV-channel headlines. Without demand, supply will not go. Now to create demand for a political information on a topic, the headlines for that topic must reach lakhs and lakhs of citizens in a district, and also crores of citizens in the nation. To ensure that the headlines reach all the crores of the citizens, the newspaper-owner has to ensure that crores of citizens buy that newspaper. So the newspaper must be read by lakhs of citizens in that district. And so the newspaper-owner has to add news on sports, entertainment, movies, science and 10s of topics and so the newspaper thickens in size and cost of paper, printing and writing contents shoots up sky high. The advertisements do not cover the costs, and so newspaper-owner have to depend on “sponsors” i.e. sellers of political news which are politicians themselves or business houses who own politicians.
So if you or me were running a daily large newspaper, either you or me would shut it down, or you or me too would run it the same way paid-ToI runs it, i.e. by paid-news. There is no way to run paid-ToI or any large daily without paid political news. So paid-ToI and ALL other newspapers will always print what money-givers ask it to print and as of today, the payers are MNC-owners, Missionaries and Saudi Arabia. And so the newspapers write the news that would cater their interests. Solution is described in later sections of this chapter.
10.5 Can unpaid-political-news sell millions of copy?
Now say the newspaper decides to cut out sports, entertainment and confines to political information. So number of pages will reduce from 24 pages to 8 pages. And printing cost may decrease from Rs 15 to Rs 5 per copy. Say they take no advertisements and also do not take paid-news. So selling price too will need to be at least Rs 5. The activists will be surely willing to pay Rs 5. But those who do not have keen interest in political information will not buy this magazine. Why not? Because they are getting newspapers with more entertainment, sports, political news etc, that too for less price. Also, their interest in political information’s details via newspapers is low. So they will not buy that “politics only” magazine. So there will no be no feeling of urgency and curiosity to know about the news published in that political magazine amongst commons. So that magazine will become niche magazine and not become mainstream magazine. And it will generate mass-participation as it doesn’t reach the masses.
10.6 Now can RTR-information be spread only pamphlets? NO . Then what are the ways?
In previous 5 sections of this chapter, I explained how political information spreads and why costs of spreading political information is so high. Now lets see why we still need media to spread information on RTR and how the media can be used.
So as I explained, the details of political information amongst commons is spread by activists and not by TV-channels and newspapers. But the newspaper headlines etc create feeling of curiosity to get information in the minds of commons by giving headlines.
Now we Recallists want to spread important information about RTR and other drafts amongst citizens. So IMO, we will need to do it in following steps
1. first step is to spread information in activists and
2. second step is to create curiosity in commons to know about RTR.
3. and contest elections on RTR issue.
Say they succeeded in the first step of giving information to activists and non-80G-activists. But say they dont even try the second step i.e. do not take steps to raise create sense of urgency in the commons. Then the information on RTR will not spread in citizens
And 3rd step to take information in commons is to contest elections on RTR-issue. As much as citizens hate politicians, the citizens also believe that IAS, IPS, judges, intellectuals are also useless and people believe that eventually only politicians will reduce the problems. And so people do hear new politicians, as they rightly or wrongly create hopes. So if a Recallists is contesting election on RTR-issues, as high as 5% to 10% citizens will read his pamphlets and will come to know about RTR. And if RTR-activist is contesting election, the at least all volunteers of political party will surely read his pamphlets, and thus come to know about RTR-drafts.
So the RTR-activists or other activists will need to give paid-advertisements in newspapers OR have their own news-magazine and ensure that the reach of that new magazine is in crores. And giving advertisements will be cheaper, faster and clone-positive. And an additional means to raise sense of urgency and create curiosity for information on RTR is to contest elections on RTR issue. As of now, may-2012, the Recallists are doing everything to spread information in fellow activists, but not doing much to create sense of urgency and raise curiosity in commons. Till date, sadly, I am the only one giving advertisements in newspapers and contesting elections.
10.7 Long term solution to paid media problem – Gazette notification drafts
So short term solution to the problem of paid-media is paid-advertisement on Right to Recall drafts, and contesting elections.
And long term solution is to force Govt employees in Doordarshan to ensure that they do not hide all the relevant truth. Doordarshan is paid by citizens, and so it is officially a paid-media. And so there is nothing unethical if the citizens force Doordarshan employees to ensure to hide the relevant truth. What are the ethical way by which citizens can force Doordarshan employees? I have proposed the details of the Gazette Notification draft in next sections. Following is an outline.
1. Right to Recall Doordarshan Chairman and Jury System over Doordarshan Staff will enable citizens to force journalists to not to cover up the relevant news.
2. Divide Doordarshan into 5 independent units with each unit having a recallable Chairman so that competition makes them further less likely to hide relevant truth
3. Each State Govt will have one satellite channel and two cable channels whose chief will be CM or Chairman replaceable by citizens in that State. This will further increase competition and further reduce the possibility of important facts getting untold.
4. Each District will have one cable news channel whose chief will be District Panchayat Sarpanch or some Chairman replaceable by citizens in that District. This will further reduce the possibility of important facts getting untold.
5. The box\cable owners and channel owners will have to sell each channel individually and there will be no combinations
6. Each State will have its own news channel whose chief will be CM or District replaceable by citizens in that State/District. and this will improve level of news channels
7. If citizens suspect an employee of Govt owned newspaper or TV-channels, using majority approval or Jury’s approvals, the citizens may take narco-test of that employee in public.
8. GoI will start one daily newspapers at National level, one newspaper at State level and one at District Level. The chief editor of the newspaper will be replaceable by citizens
9. Each newspaper will print only 1 to 2 pages.
10. Any newspaper will be free to print and distribute the pages of these Govt newspaper for free. If they have agreed to print, then they must print everyday and if they decide not to print, they must mention to their readers one month in advance.
11. Only Indian citizens will be allowed by have shares in newspapers and TV-channels in India. The names of all the owners will be published
12. Reduce prices of internet so that more and more citizens turn towards internet and so influence of TV channels decrease
13. Advertisement will not be allowed as a deductible expense – Indian elitemen and MNC-owners control newspapers and TV-channels via advertisements, and they take that as deductible expense. By disallowing deduction, their ability to control mediamen will decrease
10.8 Draft of the Gazette Notification for Right to Recall Doordarshan Chairman
Following is the GN draft needed to create Right to Recall DD Chairman The citizens can get this draft printed after they have forced PM to print TCP in the Gazette or by any method they like.
|#||ProcedureFor||Procedure / instruction|
|1||–||The word citizen would mean a registered voter|
|2||Cabinet Secretary||If any citizen of India wishes to become DDC (Doordarshan Chairman) , and he appears in person or via a lawyer with affidavit before the Cabinet Secretary, the Secretary would accept his candidacy for DDC after taking filing fee same as deposit amount for MP election.|
|3||Talati ,(or Talati’s Clerks)||If a citizen of that district comes in person to Talati’s office, pays Rs 3 fee , and approves at most five persons for the DDC position, the Talati would enter his approvals in the computer and would him a receipt with his voter-id#, date/time and the persons he approved.|
|4||Talati||The Talati will put the preferences of the citizen on district’s website with citizen’s voter-ID number and his preferences.|
|5||Talati||If a the citizen comes to cancel his Approvals, the Talati will cancel one of more of his approvals without any fee.|
|6||Cabinet Secretary||On every 5th of month, the CS may publish Approval counts for each candidate as on last date of the previous month.|
|7||PM||If a candidate gets approval of over 51% of ALL registered citizen-voters (ALL, not just those who have filed their approval) in a district, then PM may or need not expel the existing DDC and may or need not appoint the person with highest approval count as DDC. The decision of PM will be final.|
|8||District Collector||If any citizen wants a change in this law-draft, he may submit an affidavit at Collector’s office and Collector or his clerk will post the affidavit on the website of Prime Minister for a fee of Rs 20/- per page.|
|9||Talati (or Patwari)||If any citizens want to register his opposition to this law-draft or any section or wants to register YES-NO to any affidavit submitted in above clause, and he comes to Talati’s office with voter-ID and pays Rs 3 fee, Talati will enter YES/NO and give him a receipt. The YES-NO will be posted on the website of the Prime Minister.|
10.9 How do above changes reduce ignoring away of important truths by Doordarshan
How does RTR over Doordarshan Chairman and other related proposed changes reduce this ignoring away of truth. First, proposal is to split Doordarshan into 5 units, with 4 units having recallable Chairman and one unit directly under PM. And also, each State will have one satellite channel with CM of that State or a recallable person as Chairman. So there will about 35 National level channels with independent heads. Plus each State will have one cable channel and each District will have one cable channel. This will further increase the level of independence. This will create competition to bring out the important truth as soon as possible and with as less disturbance as possible. Because if and when citizen realize that the Chairman was deliberately ignoring away important and relevant truth, the citizens will not just expel him, but using procedure in chap-27, may even imprison him Further, there will be Jury System over each employee in the National, State as well as District Level channels. And so the employees too will deter from ignoring away important truth.
10.10 Improving private channels
How does RTR DD-CEO, splitting DD, JurySys over DD staff etc improve private TV-channels?
If one channel with reach as high as Doordarshan speaks the truth, then truth will reach almost all, and so the other channels’ act of ignoring away truth will fetch no market-value. And there is no damage they can create now by ignoring away truth. Even when a small channel starts bring relevant information., other channels will see that now ignoring away will do damage to them. Eg we Recallists are a small group of small people, who are spreading information on RTR. Till 2011, there were hardly 300-400 Recallists all over India working 4 hours a week or more. But the influence increased to a point that the Emperor of Activism, namely The Anna, was forced to speak on RTR on 8-apr-2011. So we Recallists, tiny players in the business of Activism in India, could force the Emperor of Activism to speak what he never wanted to speak !!
Same way, if a big channel like Doordarshan starts speaking on important and relevant issues, all private channels will be forced to give up their “ignore away” approach and start presenting that important issue. Eventually, the MNC-owners, Missionaries, Saud Islamists and Indian elitemen will see that paying money to mediamen doesn’t help anymore and there is no way to suppress the truth anymore. So they will stop paying mediamen, and this paid-media would end.
10.11 Why IMO starting a new magazine is less money-efficient and time-efficient method?
Quite often, to circumvent paid-media problem, the activists decide to start their own magazine to solve the problem. IMO, the method of giving advertisements in big newspaper will be cheaper and faster compared to starting new own magazine. And starting magazine will create divisions amongst activists on how to run the magazine, what to print, what not to print and so forth.
The key factor which creates headlines of major newspaper is, that when the reader reads it, he knows that lakhs and crores of citizens are reading same headline that he is reading. This feeling is something niche magazine can never create. Also, if the magazine sales is in few tens of thousands, it cannot take information to lakhs and crores of commons. The magazine can at best be used to inform activists. The magazine has one plus point – that postage will be mere 25 paise, but other than that, there is no plus point. This is a step worth doing, but this does NOT replace giving advertisement in newspapers.
Also, with coming of internet, to reach activist, one can send printed matter via PDFs via email etc to the activists.
For the magazine to replace newspaper, the new magazine must have circulation of lakhs and crores. Now the time needed for circulation to grow in crores will be years and years. And the owners of the magazine will run into same problems — to make into mass magazine, they will need to add topics such as sports, movies, health, entertainment, music, fashion, shopping, gossips etc. and number of pages will increase thereby increasing the printing cost as well as salaries of staff needed to create the contents. The activists’ time will get wasted away in too much of work, which other magazines are already doing.
To make matter worse, the method of starting a new magazine is clone-negative !! The concept of clone-negative is explained in detail chap-15. If any method is clone-negative, it will not help RTR-movement. What clone-negative means is that when two stranger persons, unknown to each other, perform exact same method, the goal gets delayed !!! e.g. if two activists A and B, both stranger, start their own magazines in a district of say 15,00,000 . Then they will divide the audience, and when the readers of their magazines read the magazines, the will not see that “everyone else is also reading the same information I am reading”. And if 50 activists each start a magazine, then audience will get divided into 50 groups and so the readers will simply not the will not see that “everyone else is also reading the same information I am reading”
Starting new magazine will create endless disagreements and also prone to sell out and allegations of sell out. There will be no sell out allegations in case of paid-advertisements. Lets compare sell-out allegations in new-magazine vs paid-advertisement. Say some 200000 activists scattered across India decide to deal with problem of paid-media using activist-paid-advertisement. Then there will be no centralized funding. Every now and then, 10-50 activists will get together and give a newspaper advertisement on proposed-law-draft they like. There will be no centralized power to stop them. In contrast, say they start a magazine. Say they all fund a magazine. Now 200000 persons cant be owner of one magazine. That magazine will be owned by some 2-5 persons. So all 200000 activists will invest time and money to create infrastructure and brand-name of that magazine. And what if those 2-5 persons sell out to MNCs and Missionaries? This has happened scores and scores of times. And what if these 2-5 people start having difference of opinions, start quarrelling and split, and there will be allegations of siphoning the funds as well sell-outs. Finally, there will be divisions, and there will be 10-20 magazines, each writing against one-another. This has happened all the time.
So taking circulation of magazine to lakhs of reader-paid copies will take years and convincing readers that circulation is in lakhs will take even more time. And magazine is prone to partners’ quarrel and also sell-out. Whereas, giving advertisements in newspapers is immune to this sell-out and splits.
10.12 So are 100% journalists, columnist etc paid-journalists, paid-columnists? No exceptions ?
Are unpaid-journalists, unpaid editors, unpaid-columnists ever going to act differently from paid-journalists, paid-columnists and paid-editors? IMO, no, never. The unpaid-journalists will always enumerate their “limitations” and then they will act the same way as paid-journalist. So why so much kolaveri when I say “all journalist are paid-journalists”? After all, I don’t mind when people say that “all politicians are corrupt politicians” and “all activists are paid-activists”, even though I claim that I am unpaid-politician and I am unpaid-activist (unpaid = self-paid). I never ask for benefit of doubt and never complain when I get zero benefit of doubt. Why do mediamen cry loud when then are denied benefit of doubt?
IOW, if some journalists cry when someone says “all journalists are paid-journalists”, please waste no sympathy to those crybabies. There are far more deserving persons, such as poor, victims of Bangladeshi infiltration etc to allocate sympathies on. Even unpaid-journalists are wealthy and powerful enough that they deserve no sympathy.
Now if you, a junior-activist, thinks a journalist is unpaid-journalist, please ask him to support Right to Recall Doordarshan CEO draft in the newspaper or TV-channel where he works. Either he himself will oppose, or will later come and tell you that his newspaper-owner or TV-channel-owner refuses to support RTR-DD-CEO draft and so he is opposing it. So whether journalist is paid-journalist or not-well-paid-journalist, they all oppose RTR-DD-CEO-draft. So what good are those unpaid-journalists and are they ever going to act differently from paid-journalist? IMO, they are no good at all.
Also, please understand the urgency of the situation. As of now, the journalists are enemies of us commons. And unlike IAS, IPS etc, they are not providing any critical service either. Now imagine 1000 Pakistani soldiers invading and you have option of throwing bomb on them. Suddenly, you spot 20 Pakistani soldiers, whom you know are good guys. So you wont throw bomb on these 1000 soldiers? And if you chose not to throw bomb on these Pakistani 1000 soldiers, how much damage they can cause on India? IOW, i war, you don’t have such luxuries of giving benefit of doubt to people on enemy lines. A good guy or bad guy, if he is on enemy lines, he is enemy. And today’s situation is no different from a war. There is a war between us commons and neta-babu-judges-elitemen-intellectual cabal. The cabal and their paid-activists are openly calling us commons corrupt (eg Anna said that all voters sell votes for Rs 100, liquor and clothes). In this war, the journalists have chosen to work for neta-babu-judges-elitemen-intellectual cabal and so they are all enemy of us commons. Throwing verbal abuse of “paid-journalists” is an important bomb in this war. If you chose not to throw this bomb on them, just because some 2 out 100 journalist are not-well-paid or unpaid will benefit enemies of the commons and damage us commons.
So whether paid-journalist or unpaid-journalist, he acts the same way, just as “good Pakistani soldier” and “bad Pakistani soldier” act the same way when they invade on India. So let us not waste time in worrying about the 2% unpaid or not-well-paid journalists. We should ask them to support RTR-DD-CEO-draft, and when they oppose, we should label then as paid-journalist and walk away.
10.13 Summary – Restating the problem and solution
1. Every political news is a paid news because cost of distributing political news is very high. And these days, they are paid for by MNC-owners, Missionaries and Saud Islamists
2. Long term solution is citizen-paid-forced-news by subsidizing Doordarshan and enacting RTR Doordarshan CEO. We already subsidize Doordarshan. The activists needs to enact RTR of DD-CEO to ensure that doesn’t ignore away relevant information.
3. Short term solution for Recallists is give newspaper advertisements and election contesting
10.14 An appeal to junior activists of ALL organizations
Finally, I would end this chapter with making request to ALL activists of ALL organizations to ask their activist leaders to give newspaper advertisements on the law-drafts they propose. This will create sense of urgency in citizen and also curiosity to know about their proposed laws. And thus information on their proposed law-drafts will spread more rapidly. Or, at least, it will be make it clear to non-80G-activists that their leaders have no law-drafts to propose with !!
In either case, India will be benefited
10.15 How can YOU help reducing the paid-media menace in India?
Please read chap-13 of this book http://rahulmehta.com/301.htm . It has several steps where-in you can spend 6 hours a week and help to bring RTR over Doordarshan Chairman draft in Gazette in India. The steps involve giving informing citizens on motives of leaders such Congress MPs, BJP MPs, The Anna etc who oppose RTR Doordarshan Chairman, by giving newspaper ads, distributing pamphlets, contesting elections on RTR, RTR-SCCj, MRCM, TCP etc. Once TCP gets printed in Gazette, RTR-DD-CEO will get printed in 1-2 months and information suppression in paid-media will reduce. This is long term solution. Short term solutions are NOT starting new magazine, but giving advertisements on TCP, RTR etc in the mainstream newspapers.