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As freebies go this is not quite the allout freebie hacks prefer. But even so members of the Mumbai Press Club and their families are getting a day trip to the Adlabs Imagica theme park next Sunday, where the passes will be free, but food vouchers and the seats in the AC buses will have to be paid for. Total cost, Rs 700 per person. The circular announcing this hypes up what the park has to offer. And will the park get a good press in return?
People in the Northeast can be forgiven for wondering if they belong to this country. Because Mizoram was not deemed important enough electorally to merit an exit poll (even as it recorded the highest voter turnout) it did not even get mentioned on TV on Dec 4 as a state going to the polls. And the Times of India writes this morning, "...no exit polls were available for this small northeastern state, its outcome in any case can have little impact on 2014."
The voting in Delhi was extended upto 7.30 pm today, the extension being announced even as Arnab Goswami and Times Now were in full flow with their Delhi exit poll programme. Once it was announced neither this channel nor Aaj Tak, India TV, Zee News, and NDTV doing a poll of polls restrained themselves. They should have postponed their analysis of exit poll indications till after voting hours, as also interviewing prospective chief ministers. Will the Election Commission take note?
The Delhi Election Commission has held five politicians guilty of paid news. They have been named, and presumably shamed. If elected, they could be disqualified. The Commission has however not named the publications involved. Why is the media treated with such restraint? (The Hindu)