Sunday, February 2, 2014

NDTV.com : Fact or Allegation ? Just another twisted title for sensationalism

This is yet another example of NDTV.com’s sensationalism twisted titles. The title says, as if this was a fact, woman made to urinate in public. In fact, this was just an allegation by a lawyer.

If NDTV.com to demonstrate any integrity, should have included the word ‘alleged’ or ‘charged’ or similar words to indicate that this wasn’t a fact, but an allegation by a lawyer. That would have changed the entire tone of the article.

The problem is that everywhere the page is referred on social networks and elsewhere, it is the title that will be quoted and repeated. Not many people may even read the whole story.  Being very active on social networks, NDTV know that quite well. So NDTV.com scored a perfect sensational story, with its choice of words in the title.

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Source: NDTV.com

At that time, there was nothing confirming that it actually happened. No video footage or any of those women directly made that allegation on videos.

NDTV.Com’s Another Twisted Title : ‘have learnt from Aam Admi Party, says Rahul gandhi’

This was the first time, I got confused and started questioning NDTV.com’s sensationalism agenda behind twisting titles of their news stories.

This was on the day Delhi Assembly election results were announced. The NDTV.com story title said : “Assembly election 2013: have learnt from Aam Aadmi Party, says Rahul Gandhi”.   However, content later in the article says it differently :

"The Aam Aadmi Party involved a lot of non-traditional people and we will learn from that...and will better it in a way you cannot imagine," Mr Gandhi said

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I have watched the video multiple times, just to make sure I wasn’t missing anything. Here is the actual choice of words Rahul Gandhi used.

[04:07] “I think, I think the Aam Admi Party has involved a lot of people, who the traditional parties did not involve. We are going to learn from that and we are going to do a better job than anybody in the country and involve people in ways that you can not even imagine right now.” 

Source : NDTV.com

There is a lot of difference, I think, between, ‘have learnt’ and ‘we are going to learn from that’. Some may say, well, it meant the same meaning. I don’t think so. Words are very powerful and Journalists know that. They twisted them deliberately.

Isn’t the primary responsibility of Journalism to quote the exact words? instead of paraphrasing to their convenience and biases?

If you don’t believe, try rephrasing the title with the exact words of Rahul Gandhi and see for yourself.

NDTV.com’s Yet Another Misleading Title Of Arvind Kejriwal As The most UnImpressive Politician

As I mentioned in an earlier post, I have recently spotted quite a few ‘sensationalism’ twists to news stories on NDTV.com.  This is yet another one, in this case, a misleading title, by deliberate omission of words that would have actually put the whole title in a positive tone for Arvind Kejriwal.

The article quotes a news paper quoting,

“The News daily reported: "India's new shooting star with dreams of another 'India Shining' appeared as the country's most unimpressive politicians but with a most impressive agenda."

It conveniently ignored the second part of the sentence, “most impressive agenda” which would have given a completely different kind of meaning and context to the whole sentence and would have put the same politician on a positive note. 

Again, it sure look to me like deliberate sensationalism twist, this case also a biased view rather than anything. Isn’t it?

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Source: NDTV.com

Did NDTV Just Twisted Words?

I have recently spotted quite a few places where NDTV title doesn’t exactly say the same as the details in the article says. Lost in translation? or just plain twisting for journalistic sensationalism?

Title says “'AAP doesn't treat women as humans,' says founder member Madhu Bhaduri as she quits”, but the quote in details says, slightly differently: “In this party, women are not considered humans” (see the text highlighted).

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Source : NDTV.com

You may say, they effectually mean the same thing. Is it? Even if they mean the same,  Why not use the same exact phrase in both places?

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

INDIA : Mangalyaan Blasts Off To Mars

Wow!!! Mangalyaan, the spacecraft on a voyage to Mars has been successfully blasted off.  Superb.  Hoping to see spectacular and ground breaking results from the ISRO’s Mars Orbiter Mission

Pictures from ISRO

Monday, November 4, 2013

Google honors Shakuntala Devi with a doodle

How long will it take to multiply these two numbers ?

7,686,369,774,870 × 2,465,099,745,779

It just took 28 seconds for Shakuntala Devi and earned her a record in the Guinness Book Of Records.  A child prodigy with unbelievable power to calculate will remain an inspiration to so many.  She died earlier this year.

Google’s doodle today honors Shakuntala Devi, known to the world as the ‘Human Computer’, on her 84th birthday.

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RIP.

Race to Mars : Tomorrow is a BIG day for India

Mangalyaan, the aptly named spacecraft will take off on Tuesday on a 11 month voyage to Mars, from Sriharikota. No matter what happens tomorrow, it will remain a big day for India.

Image Source : BBC

Hope and wish for a very successful launch and fruitful voyage.