In 1972, a pair of investigative journalists – Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward – uncovered a political scandal at the Watergate complex in Washington DC.
This is an easy, sometimes sleazy and mostly lazy nomenclature. But the press loves to use it, anyway. In 1995-96, the then POTUS Bill Clinton’s inappropriate relationship with 22-year-old Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern, became Monicagate.
A wardrobe malfunction-ish incident involving Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson in 2004 became Nipplegate. In 2010, Wikileaks’ releasing confidential American diplomatic cables, was called Cablegate. In 2011, Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloid News of the World hacking into phone of celebrities was called Murdochgate, Hackgate and Rupertgate... you get the idea.
In the last three years, we’ve had four of our very own Gates, we LOL every single time it’s in the headlines!
What it isn’t: The deserted gate of a building complex where teenage boys gather around a smartphone watching porn.
What it is: The thing that happened when a few such kids grew up to become state cabinet ministers in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. And in 2012, were caught viewing a porn clip on their mobile phone – in the middle of an ongoing session.
What it isn’t: The gate of The Lalit hotel.
What it is: Lalit Modi’s 20/20 vision! News of him, allegedly, seeking political intervention from top Indian netas to procure travel documents got leaked.
Note how none of this has anything to do with a place, person or inanimate object called gate.
From HT Brunch, July 5
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