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PM Modi’s New Year’s Day interview with ANI has been criticised by some for what they say are ‘soft’ questions.
The Congress president had said ANI editor-in-chief Smita Prakash's interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi was 'staged'.
Rahul Gandhi is now the target of much ire for calling ANI editor Smita Prakash a ‘pliable journalist’ and describing her interview with Prime Minister Narendra Modi as staged. In the past, politicians have referred to journalists as "presstitutes" and "news traders". ThePrint asks: Rahul Gandhi mocks Smita Prakash: Journalists under attack or part of partisan politics? We have attacked biased ideologies, but never taken pot shots at individual journalists like Rahul Gandhi did Sambit Patra National spokesperson, BJP Rahul Gandhi’s style of politics is condemnable. The interview of honourable Prime Minister Modi, which he was referring to, was completely unbiased in nature. It was highly unfair of him to call the interview “scripted”. As if that wasn’t enough, he then went ahead and attacked the interviewer by calling her “pliable”. What was the need to attack the journalist personally? He took a very personal dig at her and it was most uncalled for. Journalists should...
His interviews offer a sharp contrast to his campaign speeches, and must be seen together to get a measure of Narendra Modi.