the front pages

Anandabazar Patrika, published in Calcutta, India

Aajkaal, published in Kolkata, India

CBS: Media coverage of President Obama’s visit to India is beyond intense.

More than 200 news channels in 26 languages are providing wall-to-wall coverage of the president’s three days here. The news operations have a huge audience. Nearly 1.2 billion people live in a country that is about one-third the geographic size of the U.S.

Indian TV news takes note of every word Mr. Obama utters. No syllable goes uncovered. Virtually every Indian channel carried live coverage of the president’s town hall meeting with students at St. Xavier College in Mumbai.

…Channel surfing becomes an exercise in “all Obama all the time.” The coverage can is ubiquitous, with TVs mounted over urinals in a hotel men’s room providing live pictures of the President of the United States.

….There is also a special fascination in India with the First Lady. The Indian media were enthralled by scenes of Michelle Obama dancing with school children and delivering an impassioned speech about her childhood.

Prahaar – Mumbai, published in Mumbai, India

Patrika, published in Bhopal, India

Naidunia – Raipur, published in Raipur, India

(Feel free to translate for me…. I can only figure out the pictures!)

7 Responses to “the front pages”

  1. 1 NCLady
    November 8, 2010 at 6:00 pm

    Our press sucks.It’s sad that the rest of the world realizes what we have in President and Mrs Obama and here in our country they have to deal with tea party republicans and an arrogant, ignorant press.

    • November 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

      X10 NCLady!

      Today, I heard Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell saying the President cut out after the elections. Both know dang well this trip was planned well in advance. Why do they lie? I’m sick of these pathetic people masquerading as journalists. They’re only interested in gotcha questions, sounds bites and who can get the best ratings. Ugh.

      • November 8, 2010 at 7:22 pm

        Chuck and Andrea quite probably are unaware that there is a world outside their backyards, and you can be pretty sure they’re entirely ignorant of India’s increasing strength, economically and politically – and they possibly believe that Indonesia, South Korea and Japan are just types of food.

        I’m still laughing/weeping at that headline story on Time magazine’s Page site that I mentioned to you yesterday – the revelation that Sarah Palin will address the Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association annual convention was deemed more important than news that the President’s trade deals with India had created 50,000 US jobs!!

  2. 4 dannie22
    November 8, 2010 at 10:03 pm

    I’m glad the world at least respects our President and First Lady.

  3. 5 Obaman
    November 8, 2010 at 11:01 pm

    Sur Mile — Dil Mile

    The headline of the last news paper picture means “Words unite, Hearts Unite”

    I am so glad to have found this blog. I am a proud Indian and I respect and love your president. He is the smartest and skilled politician whom I have ever came across in my life. He is honest and truthful. Please provide your complete support to this man. It will only do good to you and your country.


    • November 8, 2010 at 11:15 pm

      Ah, thank you so much Obaman for the translation, what a truly lovely sentiment. Your country is spectacularly beautiful, and your people are so gracious and warm – you should be very proud. Thank you again.

    • 7 Chi
      November 9, 2010 at 4:40 am

      Thank you so much Obaman! Thank you to the wonderful people of India for the love and respect accorded our great President and his wonderful wife.

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