Communal talk

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/07/2017
Arnab Goswami has discovered Muslim appeasement in Basirhaat in Mamata Banerjee's state and hollered away about it for two nights in a row on Republic TV. On July 4 he thundered that the CM was turning West Bengal into fatwastan and asked repeatedly, "Is there Muslim appeasement in West Bengal?" The media was blacking out commmunal violence there he charged. On July 5  he snapped at a Muslim panelist on the show, "there is no Sharia law in this country." On Times Now, they were playing catch up, pursuing the same story vociferously. With bald communal talk on prime time TV where exactly are we headed?                          
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Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

Moneycontrol.com  says that  HT Media has reported a drop of 86 percent in its net profit for the June quarter to Rs 5.8 crore against Rs 41.5 crore reported by the firm during the same quarter of last year.  In May this year however  HT Media had reported over a two-fold increase in consolidated net profit  over the previous quarter, according to TOI.                     

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