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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Abusing the media, the DMK style

"We were defeated because of you. You, NDTV, repeatedly showed image of A. Raja and Kanimozhi being arrested. That contributed to our poll defeat," said a DMK general council member, while refusing to talk to us on elder brother M.K.Alagiri sulking at the proposed elevation of younger brother M.K. Stalin in the ranks of the DMK.

When another media colleague talked live about the DMK assessing its poll defeat outside DMK's general council venue at Coimbatore, he was mobbed. Thanks to some media-friendly volunteers of the DMK and other media colleagues, he escaped an attack.

At least two media colleagues had to shift their reporting locations away from the crowd of DMK cadre during the DMK's executive and general council held on July 23 and 24 at Singanallur in Coimbatore. It is to be recalled that the DMK chief himself had blamed the media for Dayanidhi Maran's exit from the UPA cabinet.

DMK chief M.Karunanidhi had used the media (not just Sun TV,Dinakaran and Kalaignar TV) to attack his Opposition when he was ruling Tamil Nadu. He had effectively used media even when he was the Opposition. So, he can stop instigating his cadre against the media.

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