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  • Dileepa Prabhakar 19:59 on October 31, 2008 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , Brazil, , , ,   

    The British press and Lewis Hamilton 

    I returned home from work today and opened Google Reader to check on the latest feeds. I noticed a feed from BBC F1 titled “Hamilton sets benchmark in Brazil”.

    BBC Hamilton Fastest

    I then opened the article to see how much slower Filipe Massa was and wonder of wonders, the headline had changed to “Massa edges title rival Hamilton”.


    Conspiracy theory: BBC had fixed Massa’s Ferrari to run slower, but he still managed to run fastest! BBC should be thoroughly investigated for this report. It seems to me that BBC had prepared the report well in advanced and hit the publish button even before the practice session was over.

    Seriously, what’s wrong with the British press? I had earlier blogged about BBC’s biased F1 coverage. This latest ‘incident’ just provides additional material to show just how biased the British press is, including the supposedly unbiased BBC. FWIW, I have never found them to be unbiased in any of their reporting, not just F1. Balanced? May be. Unbiased? Never!

    Lewis Hamilton is the most arrogant driver on track. He says he is similar to the great Senna. How much more arrogant & cocky can he get? I wish him the worst luck this weekend in Brazil. I hope his car breaks down. I do not want to see him finish the race.

    I am not being racist or anything — it’s got nothing to do with his color (I hardly notice his color, being a ‘colored’ person myself) . I just don’t like him.

    Massa deserves the title this season. He has been the best driver on track. If not for Ferrari’s multiple mistakes this season, Massa would have been crowned champion by now. If not for Ferrari’s dismal performance in the wet this season, he’d be level with Hamilton now, may be even ahead. It’s the new management at Ferrari that should be blamed if Massa is unable to win the title in Brazil.

    • themightyvilla 15:44 on November 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I’m still undecided about Hamilton. Look forward to seeing his character develop over the coming years and see how he turns out.

      I agree the BBC are utterly biased, not just with sport but with all world affairs it really is disgusting although I think they got this one right because they only said, “Hamilton goes fastest in early practice” which is true although he was very slow in second practice.

      I hope it is an exciting race where everyone can agree the best driver wins and doesn’t go to a technicality or stroke of luck.

    • Dileepa Prabhakar 15:56 on November 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I am sorry, but BBC was very wrong this time and they even fixed the article headline. FP1 times show that it was in fact Massa, not Hamilton, who was fastest.


      “Fastest” indicates an absolute state — faster than anyone else. Hamilton was not.

    • themightyvilla 18:01 on November 1, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      I should check my sources! Thanks for the formula1.com link. It really is concerning when they make such blatent fabrications.

      Here in the UK the masses are under the shrouded assummption that the BBC reports the truth fairly and impartiality. lol!

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  • Dileepa Prabhakar 10:12 on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply
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    BBC’s biased F1 coverage 

    "Vettel beats Hamilton to set pace" screams the BBC Motorsport’s headline for Friday Free Practice 1 (FP1) for the European Grand Prix at Valencia, Spain. Even though the headline is not factually incorrect, Vettel actually beat Filipe Massa to set pace, because Massa finished second and Hamilton finished third. But the BBC had to have Hamilton, the British driver, in the headline. Biased coverage, anyone?

    If there is one driver in Formula 1 who irritates me more than Fernando Alonso, it is Lewis Hamilton. Fernando Alonso is a saint compared to Hamilton. Give me the same McLaren (and time to learn how to drive a F1 car) and I’ll beat Hamilton to pulp on any track. Seriously!

    BBC's bias towards Lewis Hamilton

    Update: BBC has changed the headline to an ‘unbiased’ version: "Vettel fastest as Hamilton spins". But they retain Hamilton’s name in the headline.

    • RBB 13:11 on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply

      Well said. I now cheer for anyone who will beat Hamilton.

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 09:31 on August 22, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Boxer Vijender settles for a bronze medal at the Olympics. 


    India medal count: 3

    My contribution to charity: Rs. 3000.00

    (see https://pdileepa.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/india-at-the-2008-olympics-opening-ceremony/)

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 15:58 on August 20, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Wrestler Sushil Kumar wins bronze 


    India medal count:2

    My contribution to charity: Rs. 2000.00

    (see https://pdileepa.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/india-at-the-2008-olympics-opening-ceremony/)

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 04:55 on August 11, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Abhinav Bindra wins 10m air rifle gold… 


    And I am happy to part with Rs. 1000 (see https://pdileepa.wordpress.com/2008/08/08/india-at-the-2008-olympics-opening-ceremony/). Bring it on!

    Congrats Mr. Bindra! You have made India proud by winning the first individual gold medal. Compare this with what the millionaire loser cricketers are doing in Sri Lanka: http://content-ind.cricinfo.com/slvind/engine/current/match/343731.html

    And all NDTV 24×7 could mention in its scroller yesterday was that Sachin Tendulkar was xx number of runs behind Lara. Yeah… he can take another 15 innings to score less than 100 runs. And still get picked in the ODI squad. He is, you know, Sachin Tendulkar. Drop Scahin! Now!

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 15:04 on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    India at the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony 

    According to Ajay Shukla of NDTV, the Indian Olympic contingent consists of 56 athletes, 42 officials. You read that right — 42 officials. Paid holiday for 42 officials. Does the Govt. of India foot the bill for these ‘officials’? If they do, it’s your and my tax money being put to ‘use’.

    And how many medals are our athletes going to bring home? Anyone care to hazard a guess? My prediction is: a BIG ZERO. I’ll go a bit further… for every medal (Gold, Silver or Bronze) that India wins at the 2008 Olympics, I am going to donate Rs. 1000.00 to a charity.

    I am not going to blame the athletes. It’s the country — we just don’t have an aptitude for sports.

    Some screen captures of the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony:

    Rajyavardhan Singh at the opening ceremony Indian contingent at the opening ceremony Sonia Gandhi at the opening ceremony Leander Peas (bottom-left) at the opening ceremony Leander Peas (bottom-left) at the opening ceremony Indian contingent at the opening ceremony Indian contingent at the opening ceremony Indian contingent at the opening ceremony

    Video capture of the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony:

    Pictures and Video courtesy of Doordarshan and NDTV 24×7

  • Dileepa Prabhakar 13:23 on August 8, 2008 Permalink | Reply  

    Can anyone better Doordarshan’s coverage of the Olympics 2008 opening ceremony? 

    There I was, watching the 2008 Olympics opening ceremony live from China on Doordarshan. The Chinese start their grand fireworks over and around the Bird’s Nest stadium. The Doordarshan commentator is reading excitedly from his prepared speech. And what does our beloved Doordarshan do? Cut the telecast and go into adverts. Classic Doordarshan for you. Try topping that!

    The morons who run Doordarshan should be sentenced to prison time in China for doing this!

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