New Delhi. A Times of India journalist accidentally published a real news article in their newly launched fake news segment “Mocktale”, but readers couldn’t feel any difference, sources claim.
“I don’t know whether it’s a reflection on ToI, their readers, or the current state of affairs in our society,” said Paritosh Nandy, a sociologist due to his surname.
“When there are real news articles like chowmein causing rapes, you can’t blame just the ToI or their readers,” he added.
However, Faking News has learnt that The Times of India has started “Mocktale” segment to escape defamation suits, like the one filed by Law Minister Salman Khurshid against the India Today group.
“Just like Salman Khurshid claims that his death threat to Kejriwal was quoted ‘out of context’, a publication could claim that their exposé was published ‘out of segment’ i.e. in real news segment instead of fake new segment,” a lawyer explained.
Experts predict that every media group would soon start a “fake news” segment soon as there are other benefits too.
“Even The Hindu will do it,” an expert predicted, “They carry an ad by IIPM published like news every year. They were forced to delete it this year after Arindam Chaudhuri put it on his Facebook page. Next time they’d just publish it under ‘fake news’ section and reclaim the moral high ground with respect to The Times of India.”