Sniffing a conspiracy

IN Media Watch Briefs | 12/01/2018
Times Now was indignant at the left-liberal conspiracy against the Modi government which is what the  four judges' press conference on Jan 12 morning  represented in their view. The channel kept showing Indira Jaisingh giving her views, and D Raja arriving at Justice Chelameswar's house, to prove  its point. "Both from the same side of the spectrum", Navika Kumar declared darkly.  Her colleague Rahul Shivshankar wondered at senior journalists standing behind the judges,  and what that meant, as the camera showed Shekhar Gupta and others.  As far as we could see, it meant that were listening and  taking notes.                         
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Of all the resignations announced on Twitter, this one was the most curious: Nitin Sethi, deputy editor of the website,  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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