1. Narendra Modi hits out at media over pre-set agenda during interviews

Narendra Modi hits out at media over pre-set agenda during interviews

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was today critical of the media as he charged it with having a pre-set agenda in mind while...

By: | New Delhi | Published: December 2, 2014 10:30 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was today critical of the media as he charged it with having a pre-set agenda in mind while asking questions saying the interviewer often leads the person interviewed to give an answer he wants.

“In interviews, this is our experience. We have to reply at every roundabout and nook and corner. In most of the interviews, the person asking questions has already decided on the answers. He will not let you go unless you give him the answer he wants. Once you have given the answer they want, they lose interest in you,” he said.

Modi was addressing a gathering to mark 21 years of popular TV show ‘Aap ki Adalat’ hosted by senior journalist Rajat Sharma on India TV. President Pranab Mukherjee was also present on the occasion.

Appreciating the show, he said this is one place where the “accused” is not led into answering something pre-decided.

“It is not required to force people to answer the way you want,” he said.

President Mukherjee also lauded the show saying 125 crore Indians have appointed Sharma as their “public prosecutor”. “Please do not change your role,” he said.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah, Union ministers Arun Jaitley, Venkaiah Naidu and Smriti Irani were among those present. Former Union ministers Kamal Nath, Sushilkumar Shinde and Salman Khurshid were also there and joined by bigwigs from all walks of life including Bollywood famous Khan troika Aamir, Salman and Shah Rukh.

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    guna
    Dec 3, 2014 at 6:28 am
    If so, what has THE MEDIA achieved in the past 10 years of rule? Has it exposed the wrong doing of the UPA? After seeing that the wind is blowing against the UPA, they joined the chorus.The indian media has always been with the congress for the past67 years and still with them clandestinely.
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      jamal
      Dec 3, 2014 at 1:25 pm
      You were all happier when in Opposition. Now it's your turn to face it.
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        rabi
        Dec 2, 2014 at 11:45 pm
        What is this ? utter nonsense statement..by Mr. PM...why you have fear to MEDIA....ARE YOU DOING WRONG THING OR YOU WANT TO HIDE SOMETHING ? Mr. PM don't try to be like HITLER.... you are leading a democratic society ? during election time you have used this media in this manner to expose others...and now media wants to expose in same manner...so what is the problem ? As proclaimed by your party....you are honest and your system is transparent...so you should not have any fear for any preset agenda...And please dont give indirect threatening to MEDIA....
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          srt
          Dec 3, 2014 at 8:57 pm
          I too feel that the talk shows and interviews are mostly like that these days. especially in English news channels
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            Atul
            Dec 3, 2014 at 11:55 am
            A section of the media is still bribed by the corrupt Sonia and hence this is bound to happen Mr PM.You are a charismatic leader and you should not bother about such people.
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              vk
              Dec 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm
              Shooting the messenger would not serve the purpose of good governance, better course is to do things in the manner that no room is left for any one to complaint about anything. Professional journalistic skills should not be questioned until and unless some thing obnoxious or immoral is found in those skill. It is true that sometime question are phrased in a manner which is not a welcome for the celebrity as answer to those question may put him in very awkward situation so be it. It must not become a cause for loosing temper if it is close to truth. Because celebrities are also so cunning that they do not want to answer innocently phrased questions thus does not serve any journalistic purpose.So Modi ji instead of shooting the messenger receive the message in right spirit which is good for nation and also journalism.
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                vk
                Dec 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm
                Shooting the messenger would not serve the purpose of good governance, better course is to do things in the manner that no room is left for any one to complaint about anything. Professional journalistic skills should not be questioned until and unless some thing obnoxious or immoral is found in those skill. It is true that sometime question are phrased in a manner which is not a welcome for the celebrity as answer to those question may put him in very awkward situation so be it. It must not become a cause for loosing temper if it is close to truth. Because celebrities are also so cunning that they do not want to answer innocently phrased questions thus does not serve any journalistic purpose.So Modi ji instead of shooting the messenger receive the message in right spirit which is good for nation and also journalism.
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                  vk
                  Dec 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm
                  Shooting the messenger would not serve the purpose of good governance, better course is to do things in the manner that no room is left for any one to complaint about anything. Professional journalistic skills should not be questioned until and unless some thing obnoxious or immoral is found in those skill. It is true that sometime question are phrased in a manner which is not a welcome for the celebrity as answer to those question may put him in very awkward situation so be it. It must not become a cause for loosing temper if it is close to truth. Because celebrities are also so cunning that they do not want to answer innocently phrased questions thus does not serve any journalistic purpose.So Modi ji instead of shooting the messenger receive the message in right spirit which is good for nation and also journalism.
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