It is longer a secret that most media houses are just propaganda tools of political parties, and reporting events as they happen is no longer their primary job. We have seen multiple examples of journalists tutoring general public telling them what to say, what to do etc. They also selectively pick people to talk on various topics to build a narrative.
Such a practise undertaken by the Aaj Tak channel has been spotted by alert Social Media users, where it is seen that the channel is using the same person in various programs and events for talking against BJP. That young man is not a fan of Narendra Modi, and he seems to be favourite of the Hindi news channel for giving anti-Modi bites.
In the following video, the unidentified man is seen making a racist comment while countering the Main Bhi Chowkidar campaign launched by PM Narendra Modi. He says, we can bring cheap and better chowkidar from Nepal, but the country needs a Prime Minister.
“चौकीदार तो हम नेपाल से अच्छे और सस्ते लेकर आ जाएंगे देश को प्रधानमंत्री की जरुरत है” pic.twitter.com/emGO44MVlZ
— राम/Ram (@ramkumarjha) March 17, 2019
In another program of Aaj Tak channel, the same man, who identifies himself as Mohit Sharma, is seeing arguing with Baba Ramdev, saying that Ramdev should live in mountains and he should not do politics. When Ramdev asks him to answer in which religious book it is written that sanyasis should live in mountains, he does not have an answer and he avoids the question by counter-questioning.
Sharma ji’s son was sitting in studio since morning. He doesn’t know shit, god gave him a mouth so dude keeps on shouting all day. pic.twitter.com/NbzUxv5nfC
— चौकीदार श्री कबूतरुद्दीन प्रसाद फर्नाडीस ?? (@sachya2002) March 18, 2019
It seems that Aaj Tak channel had specifically picked him for his strong anti-BJP views, as in another video published last month, this same young man is seen in a very heated argument with several people in an outdoor location. In a crowd of around 30-40 young people, he seems to be the only one supporting the Congress party, and everyone else was countering him.
There were dozens of people supporting BJP in that video posted by a Youtube channel named Shining India, but Aaj Tak chose to pick up the lone Congress supporter and used him in their multiple programs to attack BJP. This points towards the possibility that TV news channels are finding it very hard to find anti-BJP voices to ‘balance’ their shows, and they are having to scout for few remaining vocal people who still support the Congress party.