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Chinese Whispers: The Bad Journalism Edition

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Samit Basu writes about how his comments on the Kaavya Vishwanathan story suffers a twisted fate of Chinese whispers. He is originally misquoted and mis-contexualized by Tehelka, which in turn is further misquoted by none other than the Wall Street Journal. The final story:

"There’s nothing wrong with a little national pride over a young star living out the Indian-American dream. But wouldn’t it be nice if at least once in a while, the Indian media could admit it was wrong."

You would think that the main stream media would like to get its act together and come down on journalistic laziness/incompetence, what with blogging and citizen journalism breathing down its neck !

While on Kaavya Vishwanathan, Jabberwock points out a Roald Dahl short-story I should have recalled long ago when the story broke out: The Great Automatic Grammatizer. As a big fan of Dahl’s short stories I can’t believe I didn’t think of it.

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Written by BongoP'o'ndit

May 5, 2006 at 9:16 am

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