Vilasrao Deshmukh lashes out at mediaFebruary 19th, 2011 - 1:35 pm ICT by IANS
Latur (Maharashtra), Feb 19 (IANS) Union Minister for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Vilasrao Deshmukh has lambasted the media for sensationalising trivial issues and giving out half-baked stories.”Media channels just sit in their offices and hold panel discussions to bring down political leaders,” said Deshmukh, a former Maharashtra chief minister, at a function in the state’s Latur district late Friday.
He said that worrying about the nation’s development and going from one discussion to another will not take the nation anywhere.
“The same people will be emptying liquor glasses and downing peg after peg of drinks in the night,” he added.
Citing a Marathi idiom, Deshmukh said that the depth of a river or a pond cannot be gauged by sitting on the shore and throwing pebbles in it.
“One has to take the plunge to know how deep it is,” he said.
Earlier this month, Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar took on the media for allegedly reporting half-truths and then his uncle Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar attacked the media for holding him responsible for the plunge in onion prices.
Ajit Pawar had suggested a gag on those indulging in such journalism and caning of such scribes which was followed by massive protests from the journalist fraternity who asked for an unconditional apology from the junior Pawar.
- Vilasrao Deshmukh lashes out at media (Lead, superseding earlier story) - Feb 19, 2011
- Chavan, ministers visit ailing Deshmukh - Aug 08, 2012
- I'm a ruffian in politics: Ajit Pawar - Feb 20, 2011
- Pawar regrets nephew Ajit's media gag remark - Feb 11, 2011
- Sharad Pawar, nephew take on media in Maharashtra - Feb 10, 2011
- Deshmukh's mortal remains consigned to flames (Second Lead) - Aug 15, 2012
- PM, Sonia pay last respects to Deshmukh - Aug 15, 2012
- Sea of humanity pays respects to Deshmukh, funeral in evening (Lead) - Aug 15, 2012
- Deshmukh remains critical (Lead) - Aug 08, 2012
- Deshmukh dies in Chennai, mourned by leaders, Bollywood (Second Intro Roundup) - Aug 15, 2012
- Deshmukh's body reaches Latur, funeral in evening - Aug 15, 2012
- Deshmukh dies in Chennai, mourned by leaders, Bollywood (Intro Roundup) - Aug 14, 2012
- Deshmukh dies in Chennai, mourned by leaders, Bollywood (Roundup) - Aug 14, 2012
- Maharashtra cabinet mourns Deshmukh, Kunte - Aug 16, 2012
- Low key I-Day celebrations in Maharashtra - Aug 15, 2012
Tags: agriculture minister, ajit pawar, apology, deputy chief minister, half baked, heavy industries, lashes, maharashtra chief minister, massive protests, media channels, onion prices, panel discussions, pebbles, peg, plunge, political leaders, scribes, sharad pawar, trivial issues, union minister