Barkha Dutt: The one thing I can't stand in people is fakeness

Oct 26, 2017, 13:41 IST | Malavika Sangghvi

'Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned' goes the axiom, and this past week demonstrated the truth of it, when one of the country's leading media mavens, Barkha Dutt, let fly over what she described as the 'fake liberals of the media world and their hypocrisy.'

Barkha Dutt's display picture
Barkha Dutt's display picture

"The one thing I can't stand in people is fakeness," she posted on social media, all guns blazing recently. The ostensible provocation was one of her erstwhile colleagues at NDTV, who'd gone public with his grievances against one of his stories being spiked by the network. But Dutt took on the larger issue of liberal self-righteousness and fraud.

"Done with frauds and their cherry picked 'positions'," she began, adding, "Actually, I can deal with bigots much better than fake liberals. With the former you know what you have and what your battle needs to be."

The rant evoked much response and a lot of it empathetic. After all, the hypocrisy of some sections of the media, which likes to cover itself in glory by championing politically-correct causes to buttress their careers, is not unknown.

In a follow-up post, Dutt went on to reveal NDTV's alleged seeking of political favours from the very powers that it appeared to oppose in public. Had any of the people she'd pilloried responded, we asked the feisty electronic and print journo. "No response from them to the issues I have raised - or none that I am aware of," she replied cryptically.

However, one of the finest responses to her posts had been the one from a friend who said that after reading her tirades, they'd finally understood the meaning of Dutt's Facebook display picture. We reproduce it here in the general spirit of things.

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