Why so negative?

IN Media Watch Briefs | 01/12/2017

PM Modi told the Hindustan Times Summit on Nov 30 about the many changes his govt had brought in the lives of ordinary people and quoted former president APJ Abdul Kalam to ask why the media here was so negative. “Why is it that we don’t acknowledge our capacities and achievements?”  Earlier in the speech he mentioned how much Swach Bharat was changing the lives of women  who used to wait for darkness to fall to relieve themselves. “But some people will take pictures of a little dirt and discuss it, and write about it, and show it on TV” he said.  “I want to tell the country’s media, come and help give direction to the country”. He did not laud the Hindustan Times’s positivism in dropping its Hate Tracker in October end.                            

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Bhupender Chaubey had Yogendra Yadav on a poll eve panel on CNN News 18, and  flashed the unflattering predictions Yadav had made about how the BJP would fare in the Gujarat elections. Thereafter kept rubbing it in every now and then during the show that Yadav was no longer a psephologist  but a politician, so his predictions had to be treated as such. To which Yadav wondered why he had been invited on the panel but could barely be heard above Chaubey's shouting.                

HT has made Kunal Pradhan, its Delhi editor for the past few months, Executive Editor of the paper. But it has still not named an editor for Mint, after its editor Sukumar Ranganathan moved to HT as Editor-in-chief.            

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