Rawat's devotees attempt to explain away the bad press. Their viewpoint is so skewed and cultish that they actually seem to believe that the media should have treated the young Prem Rawat "the Lord of the Universe" and "Ultimate Ruler" who was going to order the world leaders around and rule the world and bring World Peace seriously. Of course, Prem Rawat was nothing but a joke. Once he found out he was nothing but a joke to any reasonably sophisticated journalist he refused to ever talk to them again, changed his name, changed his organisations' names and ordered his devotes not to attract any attention and never to sspeak to the press. That wasn't a problem as the press had lost any interest in him after the ridiculous failure of the most holy and significant event in human history, Millenium '73.
These unusual events inevitably started to attract media attention. The boy guru was big news.
"Some of the interviews that Maharaji did were, I found, amazing. The way he answered the questions and he was not intimidated at all by anyone or by being interviewed on a top American television show or by the BBC."
"I mean they weren't looking to represent Maharaji's teachings, you know eumm and I mean they were looking for 13 year old umm umm Rolls Royce with flowers all over it that's what they were looking for in those sort of interviews."