Damp squib

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/11/2017

On Tuesday night (Nov 14) ABP News went from communal sensation-mongering to rendering its own expose a damp squib in the space of a single news story at prime time. Its reporter set out to find out why some homes  in Ahmedabad's housing societies woke up in the morning to find a red cross marked on their front doors. Whats more it was only on the doors of Muslim residents. Who,what, why? Those questions never really got answered.  In going from colony to colony the reporter ended up finding that  the mark was not only on the doors of Muslim homes, and that the corporation and some kind of a GPS-based garbage collection drive was behind it.                                          

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Of all the resignations announced on Twitter, this one was the most curious: Nitin Sethi, deputy editor of the website Scroll.in,  announcing his resignation today, added a link to the last story he filed on the Adani Mundra port, setting off intense speculation in media circles that the Adanis were behind his exit. No one's talking as yet but with jittery media folk facing censorship from within and without, their antennae are quivering in curious anticipation.                      

Times Now's daily harangue against the Congress Party got fresh grist with Karnataka's Congress government declaring Lingayats as a separate religion. Anchor Rahul Shivshankar took personal credit for his channel not having been taken in by Rahul Gandhi's speech at the Congress plenary on Saturday claiming that the Congress would unify the country. A poll was duly presented:What do you think about the Congress? Unites India: 25 percent.  Divides India: 75 percent. Now there's a channel the BJP can always count on.                     

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