Sunday, December 9, 2007

Did TOI goof up?

As is now known, the recent Sohrabuddin controversy started with a cheesy TOI report that Modi justified the "fake" encounter of the "alleged" terrorist, Sohrabuddin. After the media ho-ha, EC promptly sent a notice to Modi, to which he replied thus (only relevant portion reproduced here):
It is clear that Times of India’s article which began this controversy, invented my comment to the effect “Modi: Well that is what I did. And I did what was necessary”. The CD clearly indicates that this sentence was an invention of author and not the orator. The comments in the media that ‘Modi justified murder’ or that ‘he made confessional statement’ as being privy to murder or that Modi declared in the meeting that ‘Sohrabuddin got what he deserved’ do not find a mention in the CD. These are journalistic inventions intended to engineer a ‘Hate Modi’ campaign and not evidenced in the CD supplied by the Election Commission. My criticism in the media was concocted and engineered by this ‘Hate Modi’ Campaign. No where in my speech have I explicitly referred to the religion of any person. I have spoken against terrorism. It is not my speech but the complaint which assumes terrorism is linked to a religion.
This is exactly what you too will hear after watching the clip which TOI had put online with the first report. But, the liberal TOI took usual liberty with translation and fudged up the transcripts. If you watch the Modi interview afterwards you can see that he never says he was provoked but that Sonia started it. There's a huge difference between either contention. The question then arises as to why the media is being so unprofessional? Your guess is as good as mine. :-)

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