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Media and Obama

The overwhelming majority of our media reports and comments during Barack Obama’s visit openly and repeatedly showcased the complexes and shrill emotions of our dominant elites vis-à-vis America and Americans. The wall-to-wall media commentary on every moment of his visit here, our leading lights, especially our TV news stars, have shown themselves at their fawning and whining best in their obsession with the United States.

The electronic media exhibited wild swings of emotion in its reporting with shrill cries of betrayal against Obama for prevaricating about Pakistan’s terrorist ties being replaced with fawning and felicitation when he condemned Pakistan’s terror havens and supported India’s aspiration for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council during his address to the joint session of Parliament. It seemed that the usual assortment of superannuated diplomats, soldiers, spooks and babus, along with hacks and academics gave vent to their emotions rather than present reasoned insights. These talking heads on TV seemed to think that Obama should act as the leader of India and should forget that he is the president of the United States.

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