On TV, Congress loses to BJP, Left loses to AAP

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Sitaram Yechury addressing the Left rally in Hissar, but without the “Jimmy Jib” cameras

The point has been made before, that the current political coverage, especially on television, is more than somewhat skewed, tilting unabashedly towards Narendra Damodardas Modi of the BJP vis-a-vis Rahul Gandhi of the Congress.

Now, the CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechuri explicates it a bit more in the Hindustan Times, comparing the TV coverage of Arvind Kejriwal‘s Aam Aadmi Party vis-a-vis the Left parties and unions.

“Two days ago, the Left held a Haryana-level people’s rally for a political alternative at Hissar. On the same day, AAP held a rally called much after the Left rally announcement at nearby Rohtak. The latter was widely covered by the corporate media while the former was hardly mentioned notwithstanding larger participation.

“This is not surprising. Earlier, when Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement was on in the Capital, over two lakh workers organised by the central trade unions had converged at Parliament against corruption and price rise. While the former hogged 24/7 media coverage, the latter hardly found any mention.

“Clearly, for the corporate media, a so-called ‘morally’ upright alternative that does not adversely affect profit maximisation is always better than an alternative that aims at improving people’s livelihood while not excessively promoting profit maximisation!”

For the record, though, Kejriwal launched into the media at the Rohtak rally, inviting a statement from the editors guild of India.
Photograph: courtesy Ganashakti
Read the full article: Sitaram Yechuri in HT

2 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Why should media cover Left rallies being held twice-thrice a year for the last many decades? Is there anything new in them? Is there any public interest in them beyond the seemingly enthusiastic participants in these rallies? Is there any serious intent on the part of organizers of these rallies to change the system they pretend to be changing?

    1. Sam

      It shows that they have considerable support and organization skills in that particular locality. And the public has a right to know that so that they can make an informed decision. Whatever political party you support, wouldn’t you like to know what other political party are up to?

      It’s a slippery slope to fundamentalism if you want to read only what you want to hear. You’ll end up with a warped idea of reality – like those in the Sangh Parivar who are constantly told not to trust the “congress-communist-christian-islamic-secular” media.

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