Amit Shah's musings

IN Media Watch Briefs | 10/10/2017
On Saturday, TOI  the Indian Express and The Hindu wrote stories quoting at length from BJP president Amit Shah's blog on his September visit to Jharkhand. The blog spoke about how apart from the Vajpayee government and now Narendra Modi's government, all other governments had exploited the mineral resurces of tribal land, without giving the tribals anything.  It also listed schemes for tribals started by both the BJP governments at the Centre. None of the three stories had a byline. Since when did the reflections of a party president glorifying his party and running down other parties become news? Do journalists regularly go through Shah's blog? Or were they directed to it?                                         
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