After high octane drama in the national capital yesterday with the Delhi Chief Secretary (CS), Anshu Pratap, accusing AAP MLAs, including Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, of hurling abuses and beating him up, matters escalated quickly after Aam Aadmi Party accused the CS of being a BJP agent.
AAP’s response to false allegations by Chief Secretary
— AAP (@AamAadmiParty) February 20, 2018
Soon enough, some media houses started referring to the CS as a BJP leader.
Economic Times even made Anshu Prakash into a BJP leader.. pic.twitter.com/yS0pkRc4tN
— jayakumar pai (@paijayakumar) February 20, 2018
Media has gone bonkers as their poster boy Kejri landed himself in sh!t ? pic.twitter.com/3sBsWRtRdn
— iMac_too (@iMac_too) February 20, 2018
While the story was from the agency feed of PTI, the headline was given by Economic Times.
After being pointed out on social media, Economic Times changed the headline to ‘Delhi babus to boycott all ministerial meetings until Kejriwal apologises for assault on chief secretary’.
Economic Times wasn’t the only publication that addressed someone as BJP leader wrongly. India Today, too, addressed the Congress MLA aide who tried to set a government office on fire, as BJP leader.
So much is the rush of pinning the blame on BJP that India Today even referred to Haris Nalapad, son of Congress leader, who brutally assaulted a man over a trivial argument in a pub, as BJP MLA.
Rajdeep can blame BJP for crime committed by Congress members and still get away with it.
Aur kitni Press Freedom chahiye bhai? pic.twitter.com/D8bO3KVs5r
— Ankur Singh (@iAnkurSingh) February 20, 2018
It is amusing to see how media gets away with such blunders and then cries foul on freedom of the press while leaving fact checking to readers. Readers beware.