Media has been hostile to me, says Tharoor

Former Minister of State for External Affairs Shashi Tharoor said he got hostile reception from the country`s mainstream media for his tweets on several issues.

Kolkata: Former Minister of State for
External Affairs Shashi Tharoor on Wednesday said he got hostile
reception from the country`s mainstream media for his tweets
on several issues.

Tharoor, the most active political personality on Twitter
in the country, said, "I had gone for Twitter since time was
limited to me. But there is a danger in Twitter because of the
140-character limit within which one has to express
properly."
Citing an instance, Tharoor, the Congress MP, said BJP
leader Sushma Swaraj had also faced a similar predicament due
to the character limit for her certain comments.

"Almost in all cases, the controversies have been
baseless," he said at an interactive session organised by the
Advertising Club of Calcutta.
Tharoor said the relation between media and social
networking would have to be refined in the country.

"I began tweeting on an informal note. But I found the
humour intended does not translate itself properly," he noted.

Vice-president of Trinamool Congress Derek O`Brien said
that social networking sites were being increasingly used by
the politicians for spreading messages.

PTI