27 January, 2021

Breaking News Together?

Is the media playing willing ally in Arvind Kejriwal’s movement against corruption?

Tribhuvan Tiwari
Breaking News Together?

The TRPs for the second leg of Arvind Kejriwal’s ‘crusade’ against corruption may not have hit the roof yet. They hover between 3.2 for Hindi channels and 1.1 for the English ones. But the coverage of the IAC’s journey from campaign to political party has been relentless in the last 15 days. Kejriwal is providing expose after expose, and the media, both print and television, seems to be lapping it up faithfully and reporting it dutifully. It appears to have hitched its bandwagon to Kejriwal’s campaign and almost become an ally in his movement.

However, Madabhushi Shridhar, a professor at NALSAR, Hyderabad, calls attention to the lesser degree of media support this time round, compared to October 2011 when Anna Hazare went on a fast at Ramlila Maidan with a sea of people supporting him, and the media lavished all attention on him and his movement. “The media campaigned actively for the movement,” says Shridhar. With Kejriwal helming the movement now, he notices a difference in the media’s relationship with the movement....



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