In their bid to demonize PM Narendra Modi, far-left publications have now dispensed with journalistic ethics to a degree that would make a school newspaper blush.
MIT Technology Review, which was founded at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ran an article that was critical of how India handled the coronavirus pandemic. “What went so wrong with Covid in India? Everything,” screamed the headline, and the article carried a picture of a warning sign emblazoned on a photo of PM Modi. Even though statistics show otherwise, the article painted a grim picture of the Covid pandemic in India, and attempted to pin the blame on PM Modi.
But MIT Technology Review failed to disclose that the author — Sonia Faleiro — is not only the daughter of a Congress leader, but is also married to Rahul Gandhi’s former business partner. Sonia Faleiro is the wife of Ulrik McKnight, who was Rahul Gandhi’s business partner in Backops, the consulting firm Gandhi had founded in 2003. In his 2004 election affidavit for his candidature in Amethi, Rahul Gandhi had declared that he owned 83% of the shares in Backops. The other partner in the company was Ulrik McKnight, Sonia Faleiro’s husband. Sonia Faleiro is also the daughter of former Union Minister and Congress loyalist Eduardo Faleiro. She’s someone clearly close to Rahul Gandhi — she is one of the handful of people Rahul Gandhi follows on Twitter.
MIT Technology Review, though, did not deem it fit to disclose this obvious conflict of interest in its article. These facts weren’t mentioned in the text of the piece, or even in Sonia Faleiro’s author bio. To have someone so closely associated with a rival political party write an article on a prominent politician without disclosure is tantamount to journalistic fraud — there’s little chance that Sonia Faleiro could have an unbiased view of Indian politics given her own political affiliations.
But these are strange times, and publications that associate themselves with prestigious tech schools think nothing of letting their platforms be used for petty political mud-slinging without disclosures. Sonia Faleiro has penned 5 articles for MIT Technology Review, and unsurprisingly, most of them seek to demonize Narendra Modi. If her political bias couldn’t be more clear, Sonia Faleiro had also written an article last year praising Kerala’s handling of the coronavirus. Cut to this year, Kerala is amongst the worst-affected states in India, and has been accused of hiding its death numbers.
More curiously, Sonia Faleiro’s latest article ends with a note that it’s a part of something called the “Pandemic Technology Project”, and is funded by the Rockefeller Foundation.”This story is part of the Pandemic Technology Project, supported by the Rockefeller Foundation,” the article concludes.
The Rockefeller Foundation is about as left-leaning as they come — it is currently led by Democrat politician Rajiv Shah, and presumably wants to propagate a left-leaning view of the world through neutral-sounding publications. And the missing disclosures about Sonia Feleiro’s background are perhaps no accident — her articles in MIT Technology Review are likely a part of the concentrated ploy of the global left to malign and unseat PM Modi.