In recent times, Indian mainstream media outlets and news traders have set new lows in journalism and reporting even by their own pathetic standards. They had exposed their bias, hypocrisy and malice by vociferously opposing an Information & Broadcasting Ministry circular which sought to curb the menace of fake news. However, the circular had to be withdrawn due to a technicality. When the circular was issued, these “eminent journalists” had stated crying foul, virtually claiming that peddling lies and spreading fake news is their right, and any attempt to stop disinformation is fascism. Perhaps, the entire leftist-liberal cartel which is losing political relevance knows that the only way it can survive is by peddling lies and spreading fake news.
In what reflects upon the pseudo-liberal strategy of using fake narrative to take on PM Modi, a dubious website, IndiaScoops, published a fake news piece that PM Modi spent Rs. 35 lakh on his #HumFitToIndiaFit challenge video. Prime minister Modi had been invited to take this challenge by cricketer Virat Kohli. According to OpIndia, IndiaScopps is a very dubious website registered merely 66 days ago on April 27, 2018 and has got merely 10,000 likes.
A number of “prominent” intellectuals and journalists have shared this video. And this does come as a surprise since IndiaScoops does not sound like the kind of website that would be popular among people of such prominence. It has hardly any presence on social media and most of the people have not even heard of it. Featuring in the list of those who shared this fake news is the darling of leftist-liberal clout, Shashi Tharoor, who has been guilty of sharing fake news in the past as well. This time around, Tharoor shared IndiaScoops fake report and tried to put across his point by his usual method of “rich vocabulary” in order to woo those who are still living in the colonial hangover and see English not as a language but as some special skill. However, his vocabulary does not change the fact that what he shared was a fake report. However, to Tharoor’s misfortune, he was taken to the cleaners by Information & Broadcasting minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore who made it clear that no money was spent on the fitness video.
20 crore rupees in ads for #YogaDay, 35 lambs for @PMOIndia's fitness video! Disgraceful. This government is all about smoke & mirrors. Hype is their substitute for hope — the hopes they have destroyed.https://t.co/vmYZINkRD2
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) July 2, 2018
Not surprised Mr @ShashiTharoor, falsehoods is ur substitute 4 facts
No money ws spent 4 PM’s fitness vid. It ws recorded by PMO videographer. This article is based on 'solid proof' of hearsay
And I assure you sir,not a single 'lamb' was sacrificed for the vid, let alone 35! ? https://t.co/xiC52ak7iw
— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 2, 2018
However, it was not only Shashi Tharoor who shared this fake report but a sizeable section of the leftist cabal was systematically sharing the report. News trader Nikhil Wagle also shared it. When it comes to fake news and anti-Modi propaganda, the AAP is not expected stay silent. One of its supporters, Amit Mishra connected this fake story with Prime Minister Modi’s official foreign trips and labelled him a “luxurious” Prime Ministe. Believe it or not, this claim is made by the supporter of Kejriwal, who has an annual habit of going for fancy naturoprathy treatments to Bangalore and leaving Delhi choking in pollution. Another Twitter handle, AAP In News also shared this fake story.
Foreign Tour of 41 Trips for 52 countries in 4 years and spent more than 355 crores from Tax Payers Money.
— Amit Mishra (@Amitjanhit) July 1, 2018
— AAP In News (@AAPInNews) July 1, 2018
#RTI Rs 35 lakh: Yes that’s the cost the PMO spent only on Narendra Modi’s Yoga videos and photo shoot for International Yoga Day June 21, 2018.
यह है हमारे देश के सबसे बड़े फकीर।https://t.co/6IKhXNJtLE
— Shalu (@Shalupcrf) July 1, 2018
The fact that the pseudo-liberals shared a fake story to malign PM Modi does not come as a surprise. What raises eyebrows is how a fake story by a little-known website got instantly shared by people like Shashi Tharoor. This clearly hints at a dastardly conspiracy by the cabal to plant fake news websites and then share the lies peddled by them. Since they are unable to validly criticise the Modi government’s policies, they are peddling lies and attempting to disseminate them in a big way to tarnish Prime Minister Modi’s image.