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Sent: Wednesday, July 02,
2003 5:31 AM
Subject: Keith Bradsher, New
York Times, Writes to Barry Pittard
July 2, 2003 Author: Barry Pittard.
Keith Bradsher's article in New York Times, December 1, 2003: 'A Friend
in India to All the World'
Email from Barry Pittard to Keith Bradsher,
December 9, 2002
Letter from Barry Pittard to
New York Times, December 3, 2002
Dec 4 JuST (Just Seekers of Truth co-ordinators' letter), and Brian
Steel letter to Keith Bradsher, Dec 4, 2002
Letter of Regret to the New York Times. Barry Pittard, December 8, 2002
Letter by professional sexual abuse therapist, Elena Hartgering to New
York Times, Dec 10, 2002
Pittard's May 12 Letter to New York Times
Glen Meloy's letters to Bill O'Reilly, Fox TV, Fri, 16 May, and letter
to Executives New York Times,
May 31, 2003:
WHEN ARE YOUR EDITORS GOING TO RESPOND TO THE MANY EMAILS SENT
TO THE NEW YORK TIMES?
For seven months - to our rain of letters from around
the world - a glacial wall of frozen silence from Keith Bradsher and the
New York Times!
We have not let up. Like the Royal Canadian
Mounties, the ExposÚ intends to get its man. Now two New York
have come out of the bush.
Since the December 1,
2002 article, 'A Friend in India to All the World,' neither its
author Keith Bradsher, the almost Pulitzer Prize-winning senior
staffer of the New York Times, nor any of several of the newspaper's
most senior Executives has responded, until days ago. Startlingly, a
senior NYT executive, Bill Borders, wrote a brief and highly
unsatisfactory reply to one of our colleagues, who I shall leave to deal
with the matter, and just an hour or two ago, and just an
hour or two ago, extremely belatedly, came Keith
Bradsher's response to me. Vastly overdue. Again
I leave the Exbaba reader to
1. Is it possible that NYT
staffers (at least the Indian ones) at the New Delhi Bureau knew nothing
of the long-time controversialness of Sathya Sai Baba. Does that Bureau
contain no Indians, and only cowboys?!
2. Is it rather the case
that the Puttaparthi propaganda machine (which we know to have recently
been revamped) has fed the story to NYT staffers in New Delhi, who are
- Sathya Sai Baba devotees,
- admirers of his,
- or indeed, in that
immeasurably corrupt country, have received baksheesh from certain Sai
And who provided the
photographs to the NY Times? Was it not Sathya Sai Baba's
chief interpreter, who is at the pinnacle of Sai Baba affairs?
Professor Anil Kumar. See the name underneath the photos that accompany
the New York Times article.
3. How come the incredible
closeness of two articles, Bradsher's in the New York Times on December
1, 2002 and Shashi Tharoor's also favourable article in the
International Herald Tribune: "Meanwhile: Old mantras and new software
side by side" December 3, 2002? Not bad, hard-at-heels coverage for a
guru who has scarcely ever been mentioned in the U.S. press.
4. What is Keith Bradsher
doing apologising to me for many months delay in his response, instead
of apologising to the hundreds of victims of Sathya Sai Baba and their
families and friends for Bradsher's unbalanced, unchecked and uncritical
5. Do Bradsher or the New
York Times not understand that their failure to redress the imbalance by
sometime soon publishing a balanced account could lead to legal action
by the next US victim?
6. Why, after all these
months the holding up, in such close proximity and so recently of a
tiny, if withered olive branch by two senior staffers of the New York
Times, Keith Bradsher and Bill Borders?
7. Is it conceivable that
Keith Bradsher is so unfamiliar with search engines, and even quick
search methods, that he could in a month of Sundays have missed the
plethora of adverse, responsibly-made commentary on the web relating to
Sathya Sai Baba? Please do the search exercise yourself, and test
whether your eyesight is ok and if self-respect and commonsense are
alive and well! Remember, this is
the famous man who researched the Suv motor car scandal, and a Pulitzer
8. Is the feeble research
effort by Keith Bradsher symptomatic of the profound culture of
sloppiness that has been so recently and mercilessly exposed in the New