Mangalore: “All that Siddaramaiah has done is create divide between Hindus and Muslim here. There are many problems here, including scarcity of drinking water problems : Fazal, Local from Mangalore #KarnatakaElection2018” reported ANI one of the major leading news media, but made an mistake, they mentioned Fazal Assaigoli as Local who infact is BJP’s Minorities Cell leader from Assaigoli, Mangalore since couple of years.
Twitterati were quick to notice the blunder and questioned ANI’s misleading report. A Twitter user @yehlog was first to notice the mistake, he wrote “That ‘local’ is Fazal Asaigoli, leader of the BJP minority morcha in Mangalore. Well tried @ANI , but better luck next time”.
— Yeh Log ! (@yehlog) April 28, 2018
ANI immediately deleted the tweet and posted another one with clarification, this time they included ‘BJP Minorities cell member’, but not before facing irk from some Twitter users.
CORRECTION: All that Siddaramaiah has done is create divide between Hindus and Muslim here. There are many problems here, including scarcity of drinking water problems: Fazal, member BJP Minority Cell, Mangalore (Original tweet mentioning him as a local will be deleted) https://t.co/yRXPNN0IBE
— ANI (@ANI) April 28, 2018
In 2016, post demonetisation, ANI made similar mistake by taking interview of their own news reporter. As part of the story, ANI spoke with one of the ‘customers’ at the tea stall, a man named Shashank, who lauded the owner’s “great gesture”. However, it was soon pointed out on Twitter that Shashank wasn’t just another regular customer, but actually an ANI employee. His Facebook page confirmed that he works as a ‘News Updater’ at ANI.
The one Customer that ANI Managed to find to Interview pic.twitter.com/jqjikK8c7X
— Joy (@Joydas) November 15, 2016
They later apologised for the mistake, but without putting the details.
ANI regrets the error made in the November 13 RK Puram Tea stall tweets/story.
— ANI (@ANI) November 15, 2016
Social Media Reaction:
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