Ditching the Times Group

IN Media Watch Briefs | 27/03/2017

Why did the PM and his ministers and bureaucrats, and Chandrababu Naidu (whose state is an official partner of the summit)  all pull out of the ET  global summit at the last minute? It started on March 27. The reason offered by a gossip portal, that the PM and his men were upset with ET because of its build up to Akhilesh Yadav before the elections,  does not explain a last minute ditch. But the paper seems to be trying to make up. Each of the  first four pages of today's ET had prominent stories on the PM with his picture.             

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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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