India Jones and the Election of Doom - Media Bias

  • Aired:  05/21/14
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After failing to export American democracy to India, Jason Jones goes on a mission to save the country's news media. (5:40)

BY THE WAY OUR OWN JASON JONESRECENTLY WENT TO INDIA TO

EXPORT OUR OWN AMERICAN STYLEPOLITICS TO THEM.

TURNS OUT THE WORLD'S LARGESTDEMOCRACY ALREADY HAS AN

ELECTORAL SYSTEM THEY'RE PRETTYHAPPY WITH.

>> I CAME TO INDIA TO GIVE 1.2BILLION PEOPLE A LESSON IN

DEMOCRACY, BUT IT TURNS OUT THEYDIDN'T NEED ONE WHICH MADE ME

SAD, DOWNTRODDEN UNTIL I SAWTHIS. (ARGUING)

THEIR DEMOCRACY MAY BE GREAT BUTTHEIR NEWS WAS WORSE THAN OURS.

SUDDENLY, I HAD NEW PURPOSE, IHAD TO SAVE THEM FROM THE PATH

THEY WERE ON.

HEY, CAN I SPEAK WITH YOURYOUR BIGGEST NEWS DOUCHE?

LOOK ANY BIG, BLOVIATINGTALKING HEAD.

LET ME TALK TO THAT GUY.

YEAH, I'M FROM AMERICA.

I'LL JUST GO SEEHIM. AND HE WAS CNN IBN

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF RAJDEEPSARDESAI.

>> Jon: CNN IBN, IS THATRELATED OUR (BLEEP) CNN?

>> YEP, UNFORTUNATELY.> OH, IT IS.

>> OR FORTUNATELY.

>> FORTUNATELY? YOU SAIDUNFORTUNATELY.

>> NO, I SAID FORTUNATELYBECAUSE I THINK IT IS GREAT TO

HAVE A BRAND NAME LIKE CNN.

>> IT'S NOT A GREAT BRAND NAME.

>> THIS IS NOT ON AIR RIGHT?

>> THIS, THIS RIGHT NOW? NO ITIS.

>> OH IT IS?

OKAY.

IT'S A TERRIFIC BRAND NAME.

>> A NEWS BRAND THAT PROUDLYCHANGES THE ACTUAL NUMBER OF

VOTERS IN INDIA FROM 815 MILLIONTO 1 BILLION BECAUSE IT SOUNDS

BETTER.

>> IF I SAID 800 MILLION YOUWOULDN'T REMEMBER IT.

I SAY A BILLION, YOU REMEMBERIT.

>> RIGHT, I'LL REMEMBER THATIT'S WRONG.

>> IT'S A GOOD AMERICAN WAY OFDOING THINGS.

>> WHAT? THE WRONG WAY?

>> NO, BRAND RECALL.

THE AMERICANS LOVE BRAND RECALL.

>> DO NOT USE US AS AN EXAMPLE,ALL WE DO ON AMERICAN TELEVISION

NEWS IS SHOUT AT EACH OTHER.

>> WE DO A LOT OF THAT.

PEOPLE LIKE NOISE, I'M TOLD, ONTV.

>> THEY DON'T.

BUT OUR NEWS NOISE ISN'T THEONLY PRODUCTION ELEMENT THEY

ENVY.

>> I THINK YOU MAKE TERRIFICGRAPHICS AT ELECTION TIME.

ALL THE GIZMOS. I LOVETHE AMERICAN GIZMOS.

THE HOLOGRAMS. WE'RE TRYING TOBUILD A BIG VIDEO WALL.

>> DO YOU REALLY WANT THAT?

>> YEAH, I LIKE THAT.

>> AND, INDIA IS USING THISTECHNOLOGY TO DELIVER NEWS IN

THE MOST CONFUSING WAYSIMAGINABLE.

♪♪>> I'D LIKE TO BELIEVE INDIAN

TELEVISION IS ACTUALLY BETTERTHAN MOST PEOPLE BELIEVE IT IS.

>> YOU DON'T READ TWEETS ON THEAIR, DO YOU?

>> I LOVE THEM!HASHTAGS! TRENDING!

WHAT'S TRENDING.>> NO.

>> OH, THEY'RE FANTASTIC.

>> HE LOVES TWEETS SO MUCH HETAKES THEM FROM EVERYONE, EVEN

ADOLPH HITLER. BUT THE ONE THING

AMERICAN NEWS HAS THAT RAJDEEPWANTS MOST IS --

>> I'D LOVE TO HAVE MORE ANCHORSTHAT LOOK LIKE SOME OF YOUR

AMERICAN ANCHORS.>> YOU WANT PRETTIER ANCHORS.

>> YEAH, I'D LOVE TO HAVEPRETTIER ANCHORS.

>> BUT YOU WOULD BE OUT OF AJOB.

>> THAT'S OKAY.

I LOVE THEM!

I LOVE THEM.

>> SO INDIA'S CABLE NEWS IS ATERRIBLE LOUD MESS. LUCKILY,

INDIANS LOOKING FOR IN-DEPTHREPORTING NEED TO ONLY TURN TO

ONE OF THEIR 93,000 REGISTEREDNEWSPAPERS. THAT'S RIGHT,

INDIA'S PRINT MEDIA FOUND ASURPRISING NEW WAY TO REMAIN

PROFITABLE.

>> ONE OF THE PROBLEMS WE HAVEENCOUNTERED RECENTLY IS THE PAID

NEWS.

LOOKS LIKE A NEWS STORY AND ITHAS BEEN PAID FOR.

>> YEAH WE HAVE THAT.

THEY LABEL THEM AT THE TOP, THISIS AN ADVERTISEMENT.

>> THAT'S WHAT THEY'RE SUPPOSEDTO DO BUT THAT IS WHAT

THEY'RE NOT DOING ANYMORE.>> IN LEGITIMATE PAPERS?

>> EVEN BIG PAPERS.

OPINION POLLS ARE ALSOMANUFACTURED LIKE THAT.

>> YOU CAN BUY OPINION POLLS?

>> YOU CAN BUY OPINION POLLS.

>>THAT'S CRAZY! >> YES.

>> AND INDIAN JOURNALISTS LIKE

THE MILLENNIUM POST'SPUJA GUPTA ARE UNDERSTANDABLY

OUTRAGED BY THIS UNETHICALPRACTICE.

I CAN JUST GO OUT AND BUY ASTORY WRITTEN BY MYSELF?

>> YEAH.

>> BUT THAT'S SO WRONG.

>> FAKENEWS IS WRONG.

>> IT'S GROSS.

>> YES, YES. I TOTALLY, TOTALLYOPPOSE IT.

>> SO, WOULD YOU WRITE A STORYABOUT ME?

>> IF YOU PAY ME MONEY.

>> SO, I TOSSED THE MILLENNIUMPOST $2,500 AND WE GOT DOWN TOBUSINESS.

>> FIRST QUESTION IS WHY ARE YOUINTERESTED IN INDIAN POLITICS?

>> I'M ACTUALLY NOT INTERESTEDIN INDIAN POLITICS, BUT CAN YOU

MAKE IT SEEM LIKE I AM?

>> I CAN DO THAT.

>> JUST LIKE, I'M DOING THE BESTTO COVER IT.

HOW ABOUT A POLL THAT SAYS I'MGOING TO BEST COVERAGE.

CAN YOU DO THAT?

>> I CAN DO THAT.

THIS IS A VERY PRIVATE KIND OFCONVERSATION.

>> AS A REAL JOURNALIST, YOUHAVE ETHICS.

BUT AS A PAID JOURNALIST, JUSTWRITE WHAT I'M TELLING YOU.

>> OKAY.

>> TURNS OUT IT WAS JUST EASIERFOR ME TO WRITE THE ARTICLE

MYSELF AND THE NEXT MORNING ITWAS PRINTED IN A

NATIONAL NEWSPAPERTHAT HERALDS ITSELF

AS HAVING NO HALF TRUTHS, THEREIT WAS ON PAGE 2,

A STORY THAT WAS 100% LIES.

SERIOUSLY, I REALLY DID THIS.

GO TO THIS LINK AND YOU CAN READTHE ARTICLE YOURSELF.

>> JASON JONES IS GIVING THEBEST ELECTION COVERAGE, IT SAYS.

>> THIS IS YOUR BODY?

>> THIS IS MY BODY, YES. I LOOKLIKE THAT.

DID YOU SEE TODAY'S NEWSPAPER?

>> YES. YOU ARE LOOKING SMART INTHIS PIC.

>> SMART MEANS HOT?

>> YOU ARE LOOKING HOT YES.

>> DO YOU BELIEVE THOSE?

>> NO.

I AM A JOURNALIST.

I CAN FIGURE IT OUT.

BUT THE COMMON MAN, THEY MUSTHAVE THOUGH, OKAY, THE GUY LOOKS

LIKE THIS.

>> YOU CAN'T TRUST THE MEDIA,THAT'S REALLY SAD.

>> YEAH.

>> I HAD TO GET THE WORD OUTABOUT HOW DANGEROUS PAID NEWS

WAS AND THERE WAS ONLY ONE NEWSSOURCE TRUSTED ENOUGH TO

SPREAD MY MESSAGE.

(ARGUING)>> WHY AREN'T YOU GUYS TALKING

ABOUT PAID NEWS? THAT'S WHAT YOUSHOULD BE YELLING ABOUT.

RAJDEEP CUT OFF THEIR MICS ANDTALK AND PAID NEWS.

IT'S AWFUL.

JASON JONES, WE'LL BE RIGHTBACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)(APPLAUSE)

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