Excited reporter, invisible crowd

IN Media Watch Briefs | 12/12/2017

The seaplane episode in Gujarat had the Republic TV reporter so excited that she kept repeating herself.  “The seaplane coming to Gujarat for the first time is development…the PM is trying to promote tourism...  All of these people ready to see the seaplane.. trying to get a glimpse of it…Just  look at them!”  All   you saw was a seaplane and blue water. Then she began again: “How the public perception of the PM’s campaign... How they are thinking this seaplane they are seeing right here is development, this PM really cares about development…a very excited crowd, a lot of people…” And again, all   you saw was a plane and blue water.                          

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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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