Jay Shah: highly selective coverage

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/10/2017

Coverage of the Jay Amit Shah story on The Wire by other media is becoming quite hilarious. Two days after it broke you will find no  shows on it on Republic TV, Times Now, Doordarshan, and CNN News 18. Mirror Now had a story which detailed the Congress allegations. ABP News has done a programme. But NDTV has done at least four shows on the Wire investigation so far, three by Ravish Kumar, one by Srinivasan Jain and others. Whats not news for some, is big news for others. Both in print and on TV, several media houses chose to lead the first day with Piyush Goyal's denial, not the facts of the story. The Indian Express has been doing straight coverage on two days, but the Hindu put it on page 10 the first day. Read this Newslaundry story for a detailed breakdown of how it was covered in newspapers.                       

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Fake news propagators are active in Karnataka following the  hung assembly results. Boomlive reports that posts like this one on Twitter are fake news, using a video dating back to attacks on churches in Karnataka in 2008,  to claim that BJP cadres in Mangalore had just attacked a church to "to install bhagwa and bjp flags and celebrate victory of a BJP majority".  It was posted by a Mohammed Mohsin who Boomlive claims appears to be a Congress supporter.               

Editorial writers on Thursday morning either did some plain speaking on what they thought of the Karnataka governor's decision to swear in a BJP government--ET, TOI, and   Business Standard--or looked for other subjects to write on--HT, The Hindu and  Mint. The Indian Express chose to ignore the messy ground reality and focus loftily on what the BJP's election winning prowess will mean for the future of the opposition, even if it chooses to get together. The Dainik Jagran also chose other subjects to write on.                      

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