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File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Ahmedabad | PTI

Nation saw Arnab Goswami apologise & Modi skip interview with faithful DD News this week

Why Modi needs such TV exposure when this week’s opinion polls on Times Now, NewsX and Tiranga TV give him a comfortable win in elections, only he can tell.
PM Narendra Modi introduced the channel on his Twitter account | @narendramodi/Twitter

Narendra Modi didn’t need NaMo TV or biopics in 2014, he needs both now

Modi’s media messaging now centres on fear rather than NDA’s achievements, indicating need for an overarching narrative to whip up emotions.
Members of the media | Dhiraj Singh/Bloomberg

When paid news becomes the practice, media objectivity obviously takes a back seat

Who funds elections is an open secret, but nothing much is written about it in the media, write Jaishri Jathwaney & Samir Kapur in their book ‘When India Votes’.
File photo of PM Narendra Modi | PIB

‘India declares war on space’ & other absurd things TV anchors said after Modi’s A-SAT speech

Why was the missile tested now? Why did PM Modi have to make the announcement? Modi neither said nor did the TV news channels ask.
File photo of Congress president Rahul Gandhi in Parliament | PTI

On channels like Zee News & Republic, Rahul Gandhi is already on trial this poll season

For most TV news channels, the Lok Sabha elections are already over, lost and won,more than two months before the actual results.
Representational image | Commons

News channels in India revived their romance with ‘sources’ this week for all things Balakot

Since Pulwama and Balakot, mirch masala TV channels have been doing everything they can to satisfy viewers’ appetites.
File photo of Mirage 2000 fighter jet | Manvender Vashist/PTI

Itching for an India-Pak war, TV news channels decided a simulated one is as good as any

Desperate for any visuals other than that of Modi's, TV news channels went ballistic while animating what an India-Pakistan war will look like.
Protestors raise slogans during a demonstration against the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu

When news channels brought pre-World Cup India-Pakistan battle home after Pulwama

Ravish Kumar’s call for restraint was akin to a call to practice journalism — an alien concept in the genetic structure of TV news.
Karan Thapar, Barkha Dutt and Prasun Bajpai | ThePrint.in

Coming soon to your TV screens, Barkha Dutt & Karan Thapar via Kapil Sibal channel

A number of news channels and online ventures are in offing, including Hindi channels of Arnab Goswami’s Republic TV and Kapil Sibal’s Harvest TV. 
Congress President Rahul Gandhi outside the Parliament

A new era in TV: Rahul Gandhi a rising star and Arnab Goswami critiquing BJP

'Chowkidar’ PM ignores media and Rahul Gandhi likes media but dislikes any other subject than Rafale.

On Camera

Bank notes | Getty Images

Electoral bonds are a constitutional hazard but transparency alone isn’t the solution

Supreme Court’s role in setting a reform agenda for political funding has to be limited and not extend to managing how parties function.
CJI Gogoi

Is Supreme Court handling sexual harassment allegation against CJI Ranjan Gogoi correctly?

Two advocates Monday wrote to the Bar Council of India criticising it for its support to CJI Ranjan Gogoi and called the hearing a ‘travesty of justice’.

Defence

Indian Coast Guard

Indian Coast Guard increases maritime surveillance following Sri Lanka blasts

More ships and aircraft have been deployed to ensure India faces no security threat after a series of blasts killed 290 in Colombo, a Coast Guard official said.
Graphic by Soham Sen | ThePrint

Modi & Shah have turned India into ‘Jingostan’ & are out to conquer the paranoid country

The Modi-Shah BJP has resurrected dangers & the enemy from the past, and built a scary jingoism. It’s a great diversionary tactic, but it never ends well.