Times of India frames Modi's shining Gujarat as "shame"

Times of India reports on attainment levels by primary school students in rural Ahmedabad and wobbles the axis of the spin and propaganda that surrounds discourse on Gujarat. Headlined “Ahmedabad: Show piece or shame!”, the report states that: only 51.5 Read More …

Pakistan lobbying and spin on US public and policy opinion

The media coverage of Mark Penn dropping the PPP account last year hides more than it informs, in particular how public opinion is shaped and the weaknesses of Indian media’s foreign news coverage. Late December 2008, Times of India, The Read More …

Halan's damning mail on Vinod Mehta's outfit

According to an internal memo posted on the media watchdog site The Hoot, Monika Halan, the editor of Outlook Money has quit over what she called “conflict of interest between edit and management”: But there is an increasing conflict of Read More …

Playmobil helps us to normalise a police state

Since some Indians like to look up to the US for their inspiration and ideas (economic freedoms in particular), they might be thrilled by Playmobil’s products that will help us raise our kids to accept life in a totalitarian state. Read More …

India-US. Of trade embraces, lobbying, and spin

In his last press conference, George W Bush, outgoing President of the USA arguing against the suggestion that the country’s moral standing in the world had been dented cited India and said: “go to India, and ask about, you know, Read More …

D'Press 09 Jan 2009

Related: “One small question about scam Satyam”, Kafila.org, Link Also see: The Fortune Tellers: Inside Wall Street’s Game of Money, Media and Manipulation, book by Howard Kurtz, Link The Markets and the Media: Business News and Stock Market Movements, Thomas Read More …

Advertising, newspapers, and ethics

This advert for Sunny hair care products (Hindustan Times, Del, 25 Dec 2008, p2), though explicitly not stating that it regrows hair nonetheless presents two pictures — before and after. The copy does say “Keep alive your hopes of healthy Read More …

Cashing in on terrorism

Times Of India, Delhi edition 23 Dec, brought out a full page titled “Staying Safe: Security Solutions” with the tagline “A Consumer Connect Initiative”, whatever that may mean. Two articles, one headlined “Thwarting terror networks” and the other “Schools step Read More …