MP as resident commentator?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 04/09/2017
What exactly is the difference between a politician who appears on a news show as a spokesperson, and one whom a TV channel retains as a resident commentator? During the live coverage of the cabinet reshuffle on Sunday,  CNN News 18 brought on Swapan Dasgupta, who is a BJP Rajya Sabha MP and identified him as their resident commentator. Going by the anchor’s questions to him the assumption seemed to be that there were getting a person who had an inside track on why the govt. was doing what it was doing. Though he didn't always know.         
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Two months after a journalist was killed in Tripura by mob violence, another scribe was shot dead today by the personal security officer of a commandant of the Tripura State Rifles. Shantanu Bhaumik's murder in September this year was followed by the murder on Nov 21 of Sudip Datta Bhaumik who was a senior journalist with the Syandan Patrika, a leading Bengali newspaper in Agartala, reports The Indian Express. He had gone to meet the commandant with an appointment, and had an altercation with the PSO.                         

Thenortheasttoday.com  reports  that  Imphal-based newspapers left their editorial columns blank to protest  the burning down of a daily on Nov. 18,  allegedly by members of the BJP’s youth wing. "Copies of the vernacular newspaper   Poknapham were set on fire by unidentified miscreants in front of BJP’s party office at Nityapat Chuthek on Saturday over alleged disparaging content against the prime minister", the website said. The All Manipur Working Journalists Union has termed the act of burning the newspaper copies as  "promulgation of mob culture."                      

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