Amit Shah's musings

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/10/2017
On Saturday, TOI  the Indian Express and The Hindu wrote stories quoting at length from BJP president Amit Shah's blog on his September visit to Jharkhand. The blog spoke about how apart from the Vajpayee government and now Narendra Modi's government, all other governments had exploited the mineral resurces of tribal land, without giving the tribals anything.  It also listed schemes for tribals started by both the BJP governments at the Centre. None of the three stories had a byline. Since when did the reflections of a party president glorifying his party and running down other parties become news? Do journalists regularly go through Shah's blog? Or were they directed to it?                                         
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Fake news propagators are active in Karnataka following the  hung assembly results. Boomlive reports that posts like this one on Twitter are fake news, using a video dating back to attacks on churches in Karnataka in 2008,  to claim that BJP cadres in Mangalore had just attacked a church to "to install bhagwa and bjp flags and celebrate victory of a BJP majority".  It was posted by a Mohammed Mohsin who Boomlive claims appears to be a Congress supporter.               

Editorial writers on Thursday morning either did some plain speaking on what they thought of the Karnataka governor's decision to swear in a BJP government--ET, TOI, and   Business Standard--or looked for other subjects to write on--HT, The Hindu and  Mint. The Indian Express chose to ignore the messy ground reality and focus loftily on what the BJP's election winning prowess will mean for the future of the opposition, even if it chooses to get together. The Dainik Jagran also chose other subjects to write on.                      

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