The Glorious Moment When Republic TV Wrongly Showed An ABP News Journalist As A Gunda
The Republic TV had a very public goof-up this Tuesday when they were in a hurry to cover a story. The #YuvaHunkarRally in Delhi was a hot story yesterday and one of the Republic TV reporters was on the ground covering the story.
#JigneshFlopShow | Arnab: Lutyens media is predictably and characteristically quiet at the vulgarity of the #TukdeTukdeGang at the Jignesh rally. Maybe it is not secular to question the perverts who tried to intimidate @ShivaniGupta_5 and failed https://t.co/lpnVZxoMbs
— Republic (@republic) January 9, 2018
The reporter Shivani Gupta was reportedly heckled and chased by the crowd gathered at the Rally. Republic TV in a hurry to report the news of their journalist being roughened up started pointing fingers at the wrong culprits. They carried out a live coverage by circling the culprits on live television. Only the person that Republic TV pointed out was a fellow journalist from ABP News.
The fellow journalist Jainendra Kumar got unfairly pulled into it when he was just covering the rally just as his colleagues were. The ABP employees started lashing out at Republic TV for not doing their due diligence before covering a live story.
Dear @republic the person you are claiming to be the man who heckled your female journalist at Mevani rally in Delhi is actually one of the finest TV reporter in Hindi journalism. @jainendrakumar is currently with @abpnewshindi
You should apologies for this ASAP@milindkhandekar pic.twitter.com/Z1AkFKuoOP
— उत्कर्ष कुमार सिंह (@UtkarshABP) January 9, 2018
Twitter soon joined the conversation giving their opinion on this goof-up.
Unfair to attack the reporters of the channel, though ideological differences or anger against the TV channel heads……unfair https://t.co/moYoVcFNc6
— J Gopikrishnan (@jgopikrishnan70) January 9, 2018
For any reporter this is a scary situation. Crowds like these will move from sloganeering to violence any moment. Don’t agree with Republic’s coverage? Counter them with facts. This is not done. https://t.co/xFy0OTBN7U
— Dhanya Rajendran (@dhanyarajendran) January 9, 2018
This seems to have been a genuine goof-up. Republic TV apologized for the error on their part on live television.
Journalism is India is under a constant radar and with reports of misinformation being perpetuated in the news to incite hatred, it becomes all the more important to pay diligence to the people who deliver our news to us.
Arnab Goswami may not be the epitome of righteous journalism but his reach covers millions of Indians who get informed and to some degree, influenced by his news. That’s why misreporting of facts such as this is immensely problematic in India today.
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