Tuesday, 1 July 2008

NAZI-GATE: GUYS, IT’S TIME WE ‘KILLED’ JOHANN BACH

WHEN THE MEDIA WENT ‘BACH’ING UP THE WRONG TREE
We begin with this post with a premise, so that some of those readers who have any seditionist, trans-nation conspiracy notions about this blog, shed these ideas before we move forward.

Nowadays the charge of sedition is as commonplace as a tavern on a Goan street.
As journalists, we are ashamed at the way the Indian media reported the two most sensational murders in recent times. These tragedies virtually grabbed the attention of Western and Northern regions of India. Its the murders of Scarlett Keeling at Anjuna, Goa and Arushi Talwar in NOIDA, near Delhi we are talking about.
While initially, the media did play a role in bringing police incompetency to the fore in these two cases, they completely went hell-for-leather subsequently.
The media behaved like this stallion, which ran for almost two weeks till it collapsed dead… Why? Cause it had overheard that the stud farm owner tell the stable boy, “the moment those nuts bounce back into the barn, snip em off.”
Sure no one wants to be a gelding… But is being called an ass, any better?
Every tidbit, every rumour, every sliver of gossip, unconfirmed stories reported by the TV media and the print media on the Arushi-Scarlett murder, were projected as if they telling the viewer the gospel truth.
Dodgy, fishy theories floated by the police were often lassoed and then branded by the media as their own ‘investigative’ work.
Bob Dylan would have probably explained the credibility crisis in the media with a verse like this…
No confirming facts
No editorial rigor
No editorial tact
Just point a gun, jerk the trigger

Not only were these salacious, mischievous make-belief morsels just reported, they were amplified, till your ears ran shrill and you felt like scalping a journo or two yourself.
Perfectly respectable broadsheets had turned into yellow dossiers of journalistic verbiage. The media became an unfortunate catalyst which converted gossip to gospel.
We, Penpricks, saw a story in this.
NAZI-GATE is our effort to highlight the glaring deficiencies in the media, in a language the media knows best... NAZI-GATE is an attempt by Penpricks to pay the media back in its own unworthy coin.
We believe, this expose says it all about present day journalism. An age where FANTASTIC has an edge over whatever’s REAL.
Ask the editors of Deccan Herald, Asian Age, Deccan Chronicle, Daily Times, Indian Express, Times of India, Telegraph (Calcutta), New Indian Express, Gomantak Times, Dainik Gomantak, Herald, Goa Doot… By now they should acknowledge it… and in case they should disagree just whisper Perus Narkp in their ears… These are just some of the guys who carried the story.
These are the guys who actually went about ‘Bach’ing up the wrong tree… ;)
So what the f… is PERUS NARKP
The Anagrams
PERUS NARKP:
It’s an anagram for SUPER PRANK. Hartosh, Siddharth Vardharajan, Jonathan Allen, Rajesh Ramchandran, Krishna Prasad… you guys got this one right…
MARSHA TIKASH WAHNAAB: Its not Akshit, nor is it Bhawana Sharma… It’s scrambled for Shrama Shakti Bhawaan. It’s the name of the building complex in Panaji, Goa which houses the offices of the Goa Union of Journalists. Take our word on this, with Suhasini Prabhugaunkar as the union president, its no short of a concentration camp ;)
MALAK DULAB: Just one guy managed to crack this one… We’d said Malak Abdul heads the Perus Narkp, the intelligence wing of the German Chancellor’s Core. It’s scrambed for former president ABDUL KALAM. Since neither Perus Narkp nor German Chancellor's Core doesnt exist, the question of Malak Dulab's existence doesnt arise either.
EHT REA ENP CABK SKRIPC: That was a twirl of text fringing the Perus Narkp logo on the press note. We felt this should have been a give away, if there was any… But it fooled these ???? dumbkoffs ???? again for quite a while… Unscramble this and you get THE PEN PRICKS ARE BACK
HOW DID WE GO ABOUT IT
We love Bach… We simple love Bach's music.
And such is our faith in him that we knew he’d see us through this story.
Next we scanned the internet for a suitable photograph of an old gramp from somewhere o
ut side India with obvious European features. We found one pic that suited our purpose. And attached it with the pressnote… Sorry gramps, whoever you are, wherever you are.
Then we picked up a predictable looking German logo with an Eagle on it, using google images. And then used Micrsoft Word Art to adorn it with our logo.
The address on the press note is a slight variation of the official address of Berlin
police. We then used Yahoo Babel software to slip a few German words in, to make the press note sound official.
The phone numbers mentioned do not lead to the Berlin police.
The signature we picked up from google images again.
Now the tricky part. The story.
The Goan media loves an easy feed. Give them an 800 word press note about a minister inaugurating a public toilet and chances are it should appear the next day, not a word changed. With the Indian media, we needed something idiotic and exotic.
The Bach story suited our bill.
In fabricating the story, we slipped in a lot of these anagrams PERUS NARKP, MALAK DULAB etc… (There’s nothing that conveys a message quicker and effectively than the fact
that you’ve been not only proven wrong, but stupid too)
Then a thought crossed our minds… Since we had included Bach in the story, why don’t we throw in a piano for good effect too? So we included a 18th century piano, the same century Bach was born in.
Then we turned the heat on a bit more.
We also stated in the press note that this fictitious SS Colonel Johann Bach too loved music and was a talented musician… And that our fictitious character was sired to Ambrosius Bach
in Eisenach. These were the real birth details of the 18th century Bach too. Check it up on wiki.
We mailed this press note to several newspaper houses in Goa. We called three newspapers too introducing ourselves as Hamman Smit, a press official working for the Perus Narkp. The thick German accent seemed to have passed muster. In fact Suhas Belekar who works for a Marathi publication in Goa, Dainik Gomantak appeared happy and grateful to have even spoken to a person of German origin on the other end of phone. Maybe its the Aryan thing...
Once the story was picked up by the local media, the national newspaper swooped in quite literally like vultures eager to pick prey.
The story seems to have really spread quickly over the weekend. That's fine, but we sincerely hope lessons have been learnt. Hope newspaper desks anywhere in India spend a bit more time fact-checking and running checks, before letting stories through. Sure mistakes can happen, but lets not manufacture facts, shall we guys like the way Deccan Herald, Telegraph or rediff.com have done.
Over the next few days, we'll run two other parts to this story. The first part will scrutinise how this story was covered by the national press. We'll also rank the newspapers by the quality of their fibbing on this story.
The slag they have added, the issues they have tweaked. The second will look at the role of the local Goan media in allowing NAZI-GATE to happen...
Till then...
Odog Culk (DAMN... thats good luck)
P.S. Here's a copy of the ATTN PRESS NOTE -- ARREST OF NAZI WAR CRIMINAL ON GOA - KARNATAKA BORDERATTN PRESS NOTE --...PERUS NARKP press note that started it all...

62 Comments:

Blogger Ground Zero said...

trial

1 July 2008 at 17:18  
Blogger Ground Zero said...

Nice attempt..

I read about it from Siddharth's article here.

Is it a new trend in Indian Journalism after sting operation and citizen journalism? How should I name this venture?

1 July 2008 at 17:21  
Anonymous TRS said...

Great job! More of these exercises would leave many journos without job! And many a rotten politician without a cover they do not deserve.

1 July 2008 at 18:10  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Brilliant! The tragedy is that even after such exposes, the Indian news media will continue as before - no checks, poor writing, incompetent lazy hacks ever willing to masquerade rumour as news.

Indian journalism is dead. RIP.

1 July 2008 at 18:19  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hats off! We need more blogs like these. There was an another interesting blog http://apmedia.blogspot.com exposing the media in AP but unfortunately it seems to be dead now.

1 July 2008 at 18:35  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think I'm going to send a press release from Google (owners of blogger) that Pen Pricks blog has been shut down for various sins. This is a prank that the Goan press will definitely fall over itself to carry!

1 July 2008 at 19:00  
Blogger gauri said...

hi guys,

as a journalist heading a kannada weekly in bangalore i too was surprised by the press coverage (lead story in kannada prabha on sunday morning). but when i checked for more than on hour on the net all i could find was the musician bach. and however much i tried, i could not find the said concentration camp in east berlin. even the yad vashem holocaust website had no mention of the concentration camp. was really stupefied. than i figured out super prank and had a good laugh. i would suggest you provide a link to siddharta varadarajan's piece in hindu.

of late we have had so many journalists reporting cops statements verbatim without even asking any questions. in the sar geelani case we have seen what kind of damage this kind of stenography journalism can do.

once again, nice show. hats off

1 July 2008 at 20:02  
Blogger Ali.mostaque said...

Surely this can't be true?

I always thought the Indian press was better than the Jewish owned American press or at least Iran's........but now.....

Is it the presses fault or simple human mentality----

Regards

1 July 2008 at 20:15  
Blogger cristin said...

Did the TV channels get their hands on this?

1 July 2008 at 21:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

All I can say is you guys are sick bastards with nothing better to do than stick your fingers up your asses and smelling it.

I dare you to print this you pricks.

1 July 2008 at 22:03  
Anonymous Shakti said...

@ Anonymous

Either you're a random internet troll or you're one of the victims of this (rather ingenious) prank.

If you're the former, fine, now move on and deface a few more blogs. If you're the latter, the joke's on you. The fingers have been stuck up your ass and the whole world knows how they smell.

1 July 2008 at 22:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well... NDTV did DO their checks and even decoded the anagrams..

take a look..

http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/ndtv/story.aspx?id=NEWEN20080055134&ch=7/1/2008%209:25:00%20AM

2 July 2008 at 00:19  
Blogger anish said...

Really great work! Nazi-gate :))
best wishes!

2 July 2008 at 00:39  
Anonymous Dileep said...

Excellent work, guys. Mind you, that press release was so shoddy that you shudder to think of the quality of journalist that was taken in by it. The Eagle insignia up top? Hilarious. 12,000 being the highest figure at Nuremberg? Hans Frank was responsible for over 70,000.
Anyway, I hope there'll be more exposes. TV guys are the worst. Absolutely Alicia [Silverstone from Clueless].

2 July 2008 at 02:51  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

commendable..

2 July 2008 at 03:00  
Anonymous Gage said...

@ Anonymous

Why are these guys sick? Pen Pricks are the ones exposing a big flaw in journalism by doing this. I'd give them a thank you... even though I originally fell for it by publishing the news to my site, haha.

All in all nice work, though some sources are continuing to treat this is the real deal.

2 July 2008 at 06:33  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Lery vecver. But don't try such untsts too often. You'll get branded as a Perus Narkp and be ignored. While the Joysu Tapugs of the world will get a column with a bye-line in the Raheld to spread the disinformation that their nime - woner masters feed them.

2 July 2008 at 09:22  
Blogger Brenton said...

hehe... he who laughs last, laughs best!

good show penpricks!

if only the so called tv 'news' channels who rush to goa if someone broke a nail on a goan beach had covered this, that would just be a perfect end to a perfect prank....

btw if you're rating story coverage of this issue, The Telegraph probably deserves points for its colorful map and international 'contacts' who confirmed (and unconfirmed) poor Bach's global whereabouts... last time i checked though, the article seems to have disappeared from The Telegraph's online archives (http://www.telegraphindia.com/1080630/jsp/frontpage/story_9482062.jsp )

So much for standing by what you print...

2 July 2008 at 10:33  
Blogger Ze said...

I am so happy that there is an organization out there proving that our main stream Journalists have forgotten how to be Journalists, they all love sensationalism and have forgotten how to research a story... In today's day with the internet search engines being so powerful, it is a shame that the story actually went to print....

2 July 2008 at 10:37  
Blogger JP said...

A well-tempered hoax indeed.

2 July 2008 at 10:59  
Blogger Maya said...

Hi Guys

Firstly congratulations!! What took you guys so long? As a print/tv watching Indian i always suspected that most of the people weilding the microphone or the pen were pricks. Now that is authenticated. Indian Media has gone to far in Breaking news that it now simply breaking wind. One always wondered who will monitor the media and who will hold them accountable? YOU GUYS HAVE DONE IT!! As a citizen of this country i am proud of you.

LesserBigot

PS: wish i could quit the day job and join in!!

2 July 2008 at 11:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Though not a journalist, as a non-journalist connected with print media for more than 22 years I would like to congratulate you people for exposing the present day upstarts who print and publish any thing and every thing that is fed to them with out cross checking. The so called sting operation by visual media is nothing but sensationalism to gain their ratings. Keep it up. Congrats again.

2 July 2008 at 11:29  
Anonymous Sandeep said...

It brought about no change in my opinion towards the Indian media. The attempt infact vindicated my beliefs.
.
But it certainly evoked my interest in the music of Johann Bach :)

2 July 2008 at 11:49  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Super work Pals!!

You have certainly made a difference and brought the stink in open for all to see.

To reinforce the impact, i suggest that you maintain the pressure on the gullible idiots who have no business in journalism

2 July 2008 at 12:02  
Blogger yogesh joshi said...

Honestly, me (a pune based journalist with national daily) too was to go same way to fall prey. The born procrastination however stopped me.

Great job, but, one is enough to teach a lesson :).

Yogesh.

2 July 2008 at 12:30  
Blogger mkwrk2 said...

Yeah, making news is a really funny stuff.

Does it pay off?

Michael Kerjman

2 July 2008 at 12:48  
Blogger mkwrk2 said...

Yeah, it is a really funny stuff.

Does making up news pay off?

Michael Kerjman

2 July 2008 at 12:50  
Blogger Dr. Nandkumar M. Kamat said...

U’re a genius… Nahsubyama ganraknve…congratulations

2 July 2008 at 13:03  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK. Hats Off to the Unofficial Press Council of India and of the occasional Jewish Media. You Guys sure are awesome. The last Shakti Chappie (whoever it is seems some commie) who can't accept that Press is inded erring. Why just blame Goa they have made Tamasha Television and now replaced it with Tabloidisation of the Broadsheet. You Guys should bring this out in print so that all the publics who make a demi God out of the Press Man knows of the Devil within Us. Great Show.

2 July 2008 at 13:23  
Blogger Uday said...

Very well done, friends.

I saw the article on Deccan Herald, which carried it on the front page. What a shame!

I found it too far fetching to believe that a 85+ year-old guy had given them the slip in the forests!

I am beginning to feel that the good old days of 9'o clock news is far better than what we have these days.

With plenty of airtime available, the media seems to have completely lost. Blowing up any insignificant story into national debates.

+Uday

2 July 2008 at 13:35  
Anonymous grass is green said...

Congrats to Penpricks for this brialliant piece of work to expose the shallowness of the media both local as well as national.
ofcourse, the best thing is that this episode lends proof to the 'cut paste' journalism being practised.
But A couple of things need to be highlighted here.

Firstly, the copy cat attitude of the national newspapers. Even the so called senior journalists of national media like the Express, Decann Herald et al, have a penchant to pick up locally reported news and polish them in their bombastic language and claim exclusivity on the national media.
In this case, such journos have been stripped naked of their journalist garb and exposed as nothing but copy writers.

Secondly, the PERUS NARKP episode will have many heads rolling. The big bosses of the newspapers, having found out the fallacy and idiocy of their news rooms will ask questions and fix accountability. In that case, some scapegoats will be made or found and then many heads will roll.
And you penpricks will be held responsible if anyone loses their job or promotion.
Because ultimately, you should not be a party, directly or indirectly, to hitting at someone's stomach.

Your idea of exposing the media is fine but what if anyone's job is held to ransom for this reason... it is a national faux pax and someone will be held accountable.
pls think of this.

2 July 2008 at 13:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey I was Perus Narpked too. Should have trusted my instincts. Someone said I atleast have a fig leaf to cover myself. Still feel naked though. Guess this is how all those people who I ever carried out stings on felt at the end. Life goes on, lesson learnt.

2 July 2008 at 14:28  
Anonymous Shakti Durga said...

@ grass is green

What do you suggest, that we hold back every time we see sloppy work for fear the person responsible for it will have to face the music?

Are you even thinking of using sympathy as a (rather flimsy) cover to provide these guys unlimited license to indulge in their sensationalist lying?

If I knew you, I'd probably give you the middle finger for even suggesting such a thing.

2 July 2008 at 15:44  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ur effort at making journalists more responsible is commendable . Pls ignore the barbs and emotional blackmail and continue... In addition , I am especially miffed at the sugar coated plaudits offered in the Sports Pages of the national dailies to 'sports icons' like Sachin Tendulkar , Rahul Dravid , Sania Mirza by syndicated writers . These especially surface when any player is underperforming . The same syndicated writer writes about tennis with as much ease as about cricket . Shouldn't the player's performance speak more than the newspaper ?

2 July 2008 at 16:15  
Blogger Pinku said...

brilliant work, dont know whether to laugh at them or rue the fact that this billion plus easily led population depends on them for the truth.

2 July 2008 at 16:24  
Anonymous grass is green said...

ref: Shakti Durga

in my first post i have made it very clear that what the papers have done is unforgiveable. no mercy on that.

but as a level headed reporter myself, i like to view things from both sides of the fence. this trait is reflected in my reports as well.

Shakti Durga, let us say for instance that your boss read ur post on penpricks and took offense and issues you a memo on why action should not be taken against you for writing on penpricks. what would u do??
Believe me such things have happened before in goa.

In the case of Perus Narkp, the editorial/ reporter is REALLY WRONG for not checking the veracity of the press note.
but when someone calls you over the phone and says he has sent u press release u tend to believe it. if it was an annonymous press release then maybe it would have been ignored.
in the case of Indian Express, the Karnataka IG himself seconded the news.

the newsmen have not lied, they carried a lie. much like carrying a government press release verbatim blindly.

let me say again that i am NOT CONDONING this mistake but i am speaking from a humanitarian point of view.
i only said why should someone lose their job for a fault which is not entirely their own.

having said that, ur showing the middle finger at me is the last thing i would have noticed because i have encountered all kinds of people before. i just step aside and let them pass by a la G B Shaw... if u get what i mean.

2 July 2008 at 17:56  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

you ought to be knighted..... or whatever the going commendation is in India. The shallowness of the press has been thoroughly exposed. Waiting for someone to do something similar for the TV journos, who have just as much depth, except that they use better make-up.

2 July 2008 at 18:15  
Blogger Somebody Else said...

Congratulations guys. This was just what the Indian media needed.

I just saw the press release and being an absolute novice, thought the press release was rather shoddy. That only proves your point, that journos let themselves trip so easily in search of that sensational Story. Way to go!

2 July 2008 at 18:32  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great work.
Time to do 'PARDA FASH' of some Goan Politicians. I hear many are involved in illegal sex rackets.

2 July 2008 at 18:50  
Anonymous Amod said...

Brilliant exposure. Enough said.

More blunders on the botched up Aarushi murder case here http://somethingsoreal.wordpress.com/2008/05/26/the-executive-wing-and-the-media/

2 July 2008 at 21:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Zena,

Brilliant stuff. Keep up the good job

3 July 2008 at 00:09  
Blogger Saurabh said...

ROTFL.... wonderful, ingenius work... do you have any openings rite now?? i want to join you guys!!!

3 July 2008 at 10:10  
Blogger Sayan said...

Salutations!
Very classy and brilliant.

3 July 2008 at 12:08  
Anonymous Pritam said...

this post is not to be published.
just to give u a hint for exposing a big scandal.
parrikar's daily goadoot is funded by whom? find out. is it easy to pour crores of rupees in a newspaper by a political party which is not in power?
all interior work of newspaper office done by architect ramani, who was granted iffi contract.
funding of newspaper is by certain benificiaries of parrikars rule.
money is being put in through fictitious names. anand bose (juwarkar's son in law is funding goadoot? find out facts.
find out how poor reporters desai and dhond became bigwigs.

3 July 2008 at 12:23  
Blogger neo said...

Media pwnz0r3d! Nice work!
Guess this was coming to them someway or the other ... nice start.

There were days when i used to sit in the cafeteria in my office for lunch n be stuck with watching 'WWE report on great Khali n the happenings' on Times Now, Aaj tak. O_O... appalling, is an understatement.

Good show, penpricks! .. oops - enp skripc! :D
Cheers.

3 July 2008 at 12:46  
Blogger Suresh Ramasubramanian said...

Wonderful work. Not surprised Deccan Chronicle printed this.

About 10 years ago (mid to late 90s) some guy forwarded them one of the standard fw:fw: virus warnings, the sort that referenced Bill Gates etc etc.

Deccan Chronicle published it as their LEAD story, front page, 48 point type etc etc. Very happy and over the moon that two "software professionals" from hyderabad had "discovered this new virus".

Morons. Only fit for publishing gossip about telugu politicians.

3 July 2008 at 13:01  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nick Davies, author of Flat Earth News has picked up teh story on his blog

http://www.flatearthnews.net/category/blog/indian-papers-fall-a-flat-earth-blogger

3 July 2008 at 14:27  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget the wider point people----- (from Siddharth varadarajan 's blog http://svaradarajan.blogspot.com )

But even if the immediate target of Penpricks was the Goan media, it has succeeded in exposing the underbelly of the Indian media as a whole. Indeed, there is nothing surprising about the hoax receiving such widespread play in the national press. For though the ‘Johann Bach’ story was outlandish, it was no more so than the reports regularly put out by Indian police departments about the arrest of terrorism suspects.

It is easy to laugh at the gullibility of reporters and editors in the ‘Bach’ case but is our profession any less gullible when it uncritically regurgitates improbable, unverified and unverifiable details provided by the police in virtually all terrorism cases? Do any of us ever stop to ask how the police is able to reveal intimate details about a suspect’s prior movements and associations within hours of arresting him? One of the country’s worst kept secrets is that the police admit to having arrested a suspect days and sometimes even weeks after first taking him into custody. During this period of custody, the suspect is worked over and only after there is nothing more to extract is his “arrest” announced to the media. More often than not, the suspect will be paraded before photographers and journalists who will faithfully note down every ‘fact’ provided to them by the police. Some of these ‘facts’ may well be true; but in accepting them at face value, that too from a source whose tendency to distort and mislead is legendary, are we really all that different from the victims of Perus Narpk?

3 July 2008 at 17:08  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't understand what the fuss is all about. A lot of you seem to be cheering and applauding what PP has done.

I think what they have done is deplorable. If they are so interested in "exposing the underbelly", why don't they actually do some exposing and help the media. Why are they hitting back at the media that gave them a break in the first place.

Whoa, please do not get me wrong ... I don't condone the media. They should have got their facts straight. But if PP is so interested in exposing stuff, why not expose the rot in our society and do something positive to eradicate them.

Mudslinging at the local Goan media and now the national media and then putting in their thumb and saying "I pulled out a plum" is no big deal.

If PP is so concerned about exposing stuff, then let them have the guts to expose our "so called" politicians and public officials. But do they have the inclination? Most of the time I feel they only use PP as an excuse to settle scores with some of their ex-bosses.

Just in case you all are wondering ... no, I am not a part of the media.

3 July 2008 at 22:04  
Blogger Akasuna no Sasori said...

Amazing, amazing, amazing story, Penpricks!!! Keep up the good work.

4 July 2008 at 05:06  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yes i totally agree.. while the prank was awesome and did prove ur point, i wonder if you really did need to prove that point? everyone knows that the media goes gaga on unnecessary news and i'm sure not many were surprised to see the result of this prank.

But if you guys do really care about exposing stuff, make better use of your time and expose some filthy politicians, government officials, doctors and nearly every one arounds you. Do something that might actually help some people

4 July 2008 at 13:32  
Anonymous troofriend said...

Considering the news carried out by all the media. It was long overdue. News has become a game of capturing BALLS, eye-balls I mean.
Nobody is interested in real news, all they want is breaking news.
Sanjay Dutt went to take a leak alone in Yerawada, is breaking news.
Rahul Gandhi ate dal roti is breaking news.
This is the level to which journalism in India is stooping to.
And in Barkha Dutt's program on Aarushi murder case, the bearded mediaman kept arguing the case of the media, like he was jumping on a hot tin roof.

Gone are the days of TWTW and Samachar.

Good bye news.

5 July 2008 at 01:23  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Excellent work! I wish I could contribute to you.

5 July 2008 at 04:52  
Anonymous Ajit said...

Some Anonymous Nut said at 03 July 2008 22:04

I can't understand what the fuss is all about. A lot of you seem to be cheering and applauding what PP has done.


You really need some head check if you still can't figure out why we are applauding PP. Are you such an idiot not to understand it?


I think what they have done is deplorable. If they are so interested in "exposing the underbelly", why don't they actually do some exposing and help the media.



That's what they are doing now. Exposing the dark underbelly of media which is part of the rot of Society.



Why are they hitting back at the media that gave them a break in the first place.



Argh..this is wonderful. So people shouldn't hit the media because media gave them a break in the first place. What an Idiot you are...
You are having it exactly backwards. It is Media which is hitting the Society from which they came in a variety of ways. Peddling Filthy Propaganda to serve the Elites, filing all sorts of lies as News, choosing to cover ridiculous "news" about Celebrity Morons instead of Farmers who are killing themselves because of the Neoliberal Economic Policies pursued by the Central Government and so on and on.


Mudslinging at the local Goan media and now the national media and then putting in their thumb and saying "I pulled out a plum" is no big deal.


Oh Really! So what is the big deal?


If PP is so concerned about exposing stuff, then let them have the guts to expose our "so called" politicians and public officials. But do they have the inclination?



This is the classic "WHY ARE YOU ONLY EXPOSING ME?...AND NOT DOING ANYTHING ABOUT MY FELLOW CROOK?" technique used by every crook getting caught.


Just in case you all are wondering ... no, I am not a part of the media.

I am fairly confident you are part of Media. And not exactly a bright one at that. A typical dullard hack who thinks we are taken in by your ludicrous apologia.

5 July 2008 at 11:00  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The intellectual brilliance of the Penpricks Assn. has shown how a hoax can be proved as a fact of Nazi atrocities and how the press can paint a panoramic picture of natural reality.By the same reckoning is it possible to prick the veil of human ignorance separating the official Holocaust and Revisionist Holohoax?

5 July 2008 at 16:20  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ajit,

Probably they were the media nuggets who were caught sleeping and now have their jobs on the line or have suffered massive embarrassment.

5 July 2008 at 21:49  
Blogger Geeta Bose said...

Great blog guys! Really heartening to see someone take this up all the way. Your next prank should be on the way the TV news channels work - belting out Bakwas Bollywood even on Prime time news.

Send them a Press Release about how Divya Bharti's last will was discovered in an old bunglow (owned by an old Portugese couple whom she visited before her death). The will has been made public by the childless couple's servants after they passed away last week (with some footage of course!). Am sure you'll see TV guys falling over each other to cover this!

7 July 2008 at 15:10  
Blogger Apoorv said...

hats off to you!

7 July 2008 at 15:29  
Blogger Vasudha said...

Brilliant! I read about it in Outlook.

Keep it up, guys! :)

7 July 2008 at 17:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great stuff. And humbling to those of us who take ourselves too seriously. Keep on guys.

8 July 2008 at 10:58  
Anonymous Manish said...

Brilliant!

I see that in the properties of the press release doc file is a phrase:

"Eht skripcenp si cabk"

Wish they could have anagrammed it:

"The PenPricks is Back"

8 July 2008 at 15:02  
Blogger Adivasi said...

Anonymous said...
All I can say is you guys are sick bastards....

I feel this highly cultured guy must be one who has got high rankings by the penprinks guys...Is ir rediff guy or Express (both the south and north)?

18 July 2008 at 16:52  

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