Damp squib

IN Media Watch Briefs | 14/11/2017

On Tuesday night (Nov 14) ABP News went from communal sensation-mongering to rendering its own expose a damp squib in the space of a single news story at prime time. Its reporter set out to find out why some homes  in Ahmedabad's housing societies woke up in the morning to find a red cross marked on their front doors. Whats more it was only on the doors of Muslim residents. Who,what, why? Those questions never really got answered.  In going from colony to colony the reporter ended up finding that  the mark was not only on the doors of Muslim homes, and that the corporation and some kind of a GPS-based garbage collection drive was behind it.                                          

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In the explosion of fake news, where one report is worse than the other, social media users were taken aback to see a post with the Republic TV logo quoting journalist Rana Ayyub to the effect that the government ordinance to hang rapists of minors was directed at Muslims! Ayyub had to take to Twitter and Facebook to clarify that she never said any such thing and the account itself was a parody of Republic TV.  We are waiting for Republic TV to condemn the account's post!                                                 
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