Faye DSouza, Editor of Mirror Now, took to Twitter to describe the series of violence which has ensued in West Bengal as a ‘mess’.
— Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) May 14, 2018
The journalist, who has found herself mired in controversy in the past as well for peddling fake news in the Ryan school murder case, was slammed by people on the social media for offering soft words in condemnation of the vicious political violence that is being perpetuated in Bengal.
Allegations of EVMs being hacked = Democracy is in danger
Opposition karyakartas being assaulted & hacked = Aww, what a mess https://t.co/sBR5wEQhWB
— JudiciaRatty (@YearOfRat) May 14, 2018
Cannot believe we’re being so harsh on Ms Bannerjee.
Candidates attacked, voters threatened, blood spilling like never before and we have a nice condemnation that doesn’t even hurt: mess. https://t.co/WaBQ0a2CE7
— Amar Govindarajan (@amargov) May 14, 2018
Murders & serious injuries are classified as “Mess” in Journalism. https://t.co/O06RQhmS3F
— Ashish (@ashishtikoo31) May 14, 2018
People also observed the stark contrast in the words of the journalists to condemn acts of violence based on the political inclination and affiliation of those involved.
7 dead bodies in West Bengal is just a ‘mess’. Unlike Akhlaq and fake church attacks which was an international tragedy.https://t.co/VA6BjGGjHk
— Hitarth (@Hitarth1987) May 14, 2018
— SuperStar Raj (@rajsan2017) May 14, 2018
If this would have happened in BJP ruled state then it would be murder of democracy, fascist regime, constitution in danger etc etc, but since its maomata bengal its just a mess ….. #WestBengalElectionhttps://t.co/NooFS99aif
— Abhishek (@abhi_dave) May 14, 2018
Just mess? Democracy not in Danger? Constitution is not under threat? https://t.co/YkEyorW4Aw
— ? Sadhu Maharaj ? (@SadhuMaharaj16) May 14, 2018
Some also observed that journalists appeared to be more concerned with less than smart statements made by Tripura Chief Minister than the wholesale violence that is allegedly being perpetrated by TMC goons during the Panchayat elections being held in West Bengal.
finally she got time frm stments of Tripura CM . Wn Terrorism of TMC is on full scale where 5 ppl killed n many r injured democracy has been amost finish by mamata’s goondas …. n look wht fiery journos tweets “what a mess” imaging if this woud hv happn in bjp state https://t.co/gnvZip7Lv5
— Virar Local (@localvirar) May 14, 2018
West Bengal is witnessing a very bloody Panchayat election this time around as reports of a potential ‘Saffron Surge’ has gripped the state. TMC cadres are alleged to have been repeatedly attacking BJP workers and candidates. However, the mainstream media has conspicuously given Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee a free pass thus far.