MEDIA WATCH BRIEF
Kiran Bedi provided more grist for Arnab Goswami’s mill than President Obama did. On Tuesday (Jan 27) night he decided to take her on, on Times Now, demanding to know why she was make a blooper a day, and fulminating at her dragging the US president’s visit into her political campaign. Working himself up as usual into a contrived rage.
In Zee TV PM Modi has a fan club whose gush would make him blush if he had time to watch it. On Jan. 26, the two Zee news channels outdid themselves. On Zee Business a commentator gloated over the rich irony of a country which had denied Narendra Modi a visa, now sending its president on a visit as his guest. On Zee News school children were interviewed and one said, "Modiji was looking as if he was as powerful as Obama." Then an anchor had a long discussion on the fabric of the coat he wore, with close-ups of it shown later in the evening. There was some indulgent discussion on his rang-de-basanti-style turban, and fond talk of his burgeoning self-confidence. The channel managed to sound like a proud parent.