Modi’s Reuters interviewer says media misinterpreted his remarks

Niticentral Staff | Jul 13, 2013

Modi's Reuters interviewer says media misinterpreted his remarks

After India’s ‘secular’ media went to town with an out-of-context interpretation of the remarks made by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi during an interview he gave to Reuters, Sruthi Gottipati, the interviewer herself, has spoken up against such biased journalism.

In a tweet she posted on Saturday morning, Gottipati said Modi’s remarks had been ‘poorly contextualised’ in TV debates and newspapers.

Modi's Reuters interviewer says media misinterpreted his remarks

Of course, on a slow-news weekend, nothing is easier than making a media mountain out of a molehill. Why explore the nuances of Modi’s remarks when it is far easier to just rake up good old ‘secular’ propaganda and make assumptions about what he meant and how Muslims are not safe in Gujarat (despite Sachar Committee saying that Gujarat is the one State in India where they have best living standards).

Not that Gottipati’s intervention is going to mean a thing. India’s TV media has sunk to lows it may very well be impossible to recover from. In what can only be called a death spiral of politically biased mediocrity, things just keep getting worse.

Update: The tweet (see screenshot above) has since been deleted, most likely by the Gottipati herself. One wonders why.


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