Fact check

October 2019: Mainstream media at the forefront of misinformation

In October 2019, several instances of misinformation emanating from mainstream media organizations were observed. Key events were misreported, deliberately or otherwise. The month also witnessed the usual attempts on social media to spread misinformation, from photoshopped images to pictures and videos placed out of context in order to mislead.

MISINFORMATION BY MAINSTREAM MEDIA

1. Misreporting UP govt’s approved estimated budget as 133 crore instead of 1.33 crore

On October 26, 5.51 lakh ‘diyas’ were lighted as part of the ‘Deepotsav’ in Ayodhya, an event which was declared an official function where the expenses will be borne by the Uttar Pradesh government. Media outlets reported that the state government sanctioned Rs 133 crore for the event. Nearly every mainstream news organisation carried similar reports – NDTVNewsclickNational HeraldThe Times of IndiaLive HindustanThe Indian ExpressABP NewsMumbai MirrorThe WireThe HinduThe Quint


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