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The BJP governments in the states are more enamoured of journalists than the ruling politicians at the Centre. On Sunday even as the prime minister was turning on the media, CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Madhya Pradesh was giving away three different awards to various journalists from Delhi and from his state. Ten days before that he had conferred an award on a senior editor of the Indian Express, which carried a prize of Rs 2 lakhs.
If you are feeling the heat, turn on the media. On Sunday the PM charmingly defended minister V K Singh, author of the presstitutes remark, and slammed the media for failing to highlight the government's good work. On Monday, during the debate in the Lok Sabha on the agrarian crises in the country, minister Venkaiah Naidu, responding to Rahul Gandhi's address had a dig at the media :"Newspaper headlines will not set our deadlines".
Media, both print and TV, do like sexing up events. For instance, Headlines Today's Gaurav Sawant said Rahul Gandhi "will aggressively" lead on the land issue even before he had spoken at the rally. The same channel later, with Rajdeep Sardesai anchoring the midday show, debunked Rahul's speech. Today, Badshah Sen's opinion was that Gandhi's speech in Lok Sabha would be "memorable" even as the breaking news was the scion would speak. When Pakistan only "deplored" the arrest of Masarat Alam, The Hindu had said "Pak slams Alam's arrest". All planned morchas are routinely described as "mamoth" even before they are held. Adjectives, apparently come cheap.