Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Guilty: Page 1. Not Guilty: Page 14

Am reorganizing an earlier blogpost to better capture the coverage in The Hindu over the past one week. 

The Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team that investigated certain complaints about Narendra Modi's role in fomenting the 2002 riots submitted it's report to the court and the petitioner. A separate post (or maybe multiple posts) are in order to detail the timelines etc. One of the things that the petitioners did was to ask the Supreme Court to appoint an "amicus curiae". He will give his opinion on the report. On Monday May 7th, 2012, that "opinion" was published everywhere. A totally misleading headline on the front page of The Hindu on Tuesday, May 8th too. .

Front page on the Friday, May 11th, 2012.

Front page on the Saturday, May 12th, 2012

So what happened on Wednesday and Thursday?

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

Nothing on the front pages on Wednesday and Thursday.

And today, Monday, the May 14th, 2012

The SIT report was uploaded here, on the evening of Tuesday, May 8th. Then one would assume that since the report is 547 pages long, perhaps they were still reading it and hence no  front page report. That's where The Hindu surprises you - detailed reports based on SIT's findings in pages 14 and 12 !! 

So if you are guilty based on an "opinion", it is Front Page (note that all three front page items are views and not news). If you are not guilty, based on an "investigation", then it is Page 14 news. Why? 

Earlier too, The Hindu did something similar (you can read about that here). Again, why?

The "letters to the editor" column was also filled with those praising the Hindu or those ridiculing the SIT (barring 1-2 exceptions). Infact some letters were less than 140 characters too! Sample them below:


Rakesh Babu G R said...

Check this out, this report says that the "Amicus Curiae stated this on Monday" whereas it was stated a few months back

prashhanthkpp said...

Hahaa, nice witch hunting, Sudhirji. Much required to bring to daylight the distasteful priorities of our Media, especially when it contradicts their wishful desire.

However, I am baffled at the headlines today, 10 May 2012, with this - both in content and in picture :)

Shilpa said...

Sadly it is not just sensationalism.

deepak said...

Cowardish mind of Hindu...!!

Anonymous said...

In a comment upon Vidya Subrahmaniam's article alleging that SIT had confused between Godhra and post Godhra statements of NaMo, I said there was none and that the inference drawn by the writer is wrong. I further said that the entire analyses now appearing in the Hindu is an attempt to to hide their disappointment at the SIT report. In evidence, I referred to a Hindu report dated 1st March 2002 (two days after Godhra)

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Modi Govt. connived in carnage: Opposition
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NEW DELHI, MARCH 1. The CPI, the CPI(M) and the Janata Dal (Secular) today charged the Narendra Modi Government in Gujarat with having ``connived'' in the gruesome carnage

In profesional journalist would have reported that for fear of libel. Having proclaimed the guilt, they are finding it difficult to find evidence. Hence all these shenanigans.

Further I drew a comparison with Afzal Guru whom the The Hindu/MSM has been saying has been convicted without "evidence" even though the case has been reviewed twice - at HC and SC level where the accused was given every opportunity to adduce evidence in his favour.

Needless to add, the comment was not published.

Siddharth said...

You missed May 15, "In absolving Modi, SIT mixes up Godhra, post-Godhra perpetrators." Page 11.


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