Incendiary report

IN Media Watch Briefs | 17/06/2016

This ET story is extraordinary. It amounts to undiluted airing of  the BJP's communal accusations. When a reporter tracks a BJP fact-finding team to Kairana, the town that is in the news for the alleged exodus of Hindus and the story is accompanied  by  a video, should she then file a report without talking to anyone else to balance what the BJP team claims to have found? The team spews venom, and all of it goes unchallenged and is published. There is only a quote at the end by the UP CM, saying the BJP is in the habit of raking up such issues before the polls. The Hindu on the contrary did a more balanced report which talked to the BJP team but also to the state administration about the BJP's findings and reported what they had to say.  


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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.                  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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