New Delhi: While the politicians debated the US-India civil nuclear deal inside the Parliament House, makeshift studios sprang up outside on its lush green lawns as media personnel frenzied around to get the best of the unfolding situation.
All possible arrangements were made to cover the crucial trust vote by around 50 news channels and if not more than an equal number of newspapers and magazines. Media persons covering the political beat recalled the difference between the coverage of the trust vote in May 1999 sought by former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led National Democratic Alliance government when there were hardly three to four news channels and Tuesday’s trust vote by the Manmohan Singh -led United Progressive Alliance coalition government. Without question, the media size burgeoned explosively in all branches - electronic and print.
No doubt, a stampede like situation occured each time a parliamentarian appeared in front of the hawk-eyed and breaking news crazy media crowd. For everyone in media, speed thrills not kills.