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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ET reports that the Congress party will  have a hyperlocal social media strategy for the forthcoming state elections. It says the Congress social media cell has "identified block level social media warriors" who will give feedback on community level issues to the party's social media  war room. Such as which local temples  with a particular caste following the Congress state unit chief should visit, or in which areas farm loan waiver schemes are going badly, giving the Congress an issue to raise.                    

Doordarshan interviewed  two BJP ministers in the afternoon about what they thought of Rahul Gandhi's speech during the no-trust motion, and why BJP MPs had felt the need to come outside Parliament and attack him. Ministers of state Ashwini Chaubey and Ram Kirpal Yadav answered at considerable length and were allowed to have their say. The reporter also asked one of them what he thought about RG's hugging the PM and he effectively snorted in disapproval. When a panel discussion began after this,  more leading questions from the news anchor about this 'jadu ki jhappi."  And more criticism followed.                        

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