Incendiary report

IN Media Watch Briefs | 17/06/2016

This ET story is extraordinary. It amounts to undiluted airing of  the BJP's communal accusations. When a reporter tracks a BJP fact-finding team to Kairana, the town that is in the news for the alleged exodus of Hindus and the story is accompanied  by  a video, should she then file a report without talking to anyone else to balance what the BJP team claims to have found? The team spews venom, and all of it goes unchallenged and is published. There is only a quote at the end by the UP CM, saying the BJP is in the habit of raking up such issues before the polls. The Hindu on the contrary did a more balanced report which talked to the BJP team but also to the state administration about the BJP's findings and reported what they had to say.  


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