MEDIA WATCH BRIEF
The bonus in the bad press that former IPCC chief R K Pachauri has been getting over the sexual harassment charge against him is that lazy journalists have elevated him to the status of a Nobel laureate. Several media outlets made this mistake. It was the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) that was given the Nobel Peace Prize in 2007, Pachauri merely received it in his capacity as IPCC chair.
The difference between the Radia tapes and the Essar emails is that this time around the disclosures are being reported with alacrity. Last time it took a day or more for the mainstream media to start acknowledging the revelations. The PIL affidavit on Essar mentions seven journalists in different contexts, including one from Dainik Bhaskar. The HT staffer's suspension had a kick in the tail: the reporter hit back with details of how both her colleagues and her paper had also asked her to use her corporate contacts.
Is the Lok Sabha TV channel now being run by the information and broadcasting ministry? Yesterday LSTV recorded an interview with the railway minister, and the channel staff were bemused to find that the feed went out without the LSTV logo on it, even as Doordarshan telecast it with its own watermark. The LSTV anchor was taken off the interview panel too while a DD person did the programme. Asked by her staff why that had happened, the channel CEO responded that the direct feed to DD was on the orders of I & B minister Arun Jaitley and his minister of state R Rathore.
There was a brief war of words between CPI (M) politician Brinda Karat and BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra on NDTV 24x7, which has been telecasting its coverage on Budget 2015 from the premises of CII in Delhi, where the budget has generally got positive reviews. Karat talked about reduction of corporate taxes and abolition of wealth tax and labeled the budget pro-rich, saying it had “nothing for people who voted them in power”. Patra responded saying Karat had “prepared her dissent note even before the budget came out” and argued that infrastructure growth was eventually going to benefit the poor.
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