Monday, October 24, 2011

Yellow Journalism by Wall Street Journal in India Real Time series.

Hi Friends,

So far it was my firm belief that US based media houses are free of any political kowtowing. I believed they may have their partisan views but they would NEVER indulge in intentionally misleading and completely wrong reporting of events that are of vital importance. The kind of reporting which is widespread in India, which we call "paid media" reporting, which has never been successfully challenged in the court of law so far. One of the worst flavour of such reporting is where media houses blatantly quote leaders of party with the words they never mentioned, in complete disregard of journalism ethics. (In case u wonder about the publishing laws, following laws is not what professional Indian journalists are exactly too worried about)

WSJ(Wall Street Journal) has proved me wrong. WSJ's reporter Ms. Jyoti Malhotra has written a piece called How Advani’s Yatra Is Undermining the BJP and also published the same article in Hindi(Click here for Hindi version)

She quoted in her article the following.

"Meanwhile, 84-year-old party leader L.K. Advani’s journey across the Hindi heartland to talk about corruption – and his refusal to rule himself out of the prime ministerial race in 2014 — has severely embarrassed the party."

In Hindi,

"इस बीच, पार्टी के 84 वर्षीय नेता एल.के.आडवाणी द्वारा भ्रष्टाचार पर भाषण देने के लिए हिंदी भाषी राज्यों में यात्रा-और 2014 में होने वाले चुनावों में खुद के प्रधानमंत्री पद की दौड़ से बाहर रहने से इन्कार- ने पार्टी को शर्मिंदा किया।"

Now following is what Mr. Advani actually said in the press conference, quoting from rediff news link
Dismissing opposition's claims that he was using his nationwide yatra to promote himself for the prime ministerial candidate, Bharatiya Janata Party leader Lal Krishna Advani on Friday said collective decisions are taken in his party which does not believe in dynastic politics. "I am not in the race for prime ministership," he said in response to queries from journalists.
Here is some more evidence.

Can someone suggest if we can challenge WSJ here in USA in court for printing such completely false report?


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