Noisy but wrong

IN Media Watch Briefs | 30/06/2015

In an example of Times Now’s noisy bluster they had a report on June 29 about how the Ministry of External Affairs “stonewalled” their RTI query on the ‘Lalitgate scandal’. An unidentified person on the show pointed out that the questions being asked should have been asked of Sushma Swaraj rather than the ministry. They were not queries seeking information. He was Shailesh Gandhi, a former information commissioner. The politicians on the show, notably Brinda Karat of the CPM, however were happy to give the channel the kind of bites it was looking for. 

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