Did Catch News outsource its take on 3 years of Modi sarkar to the Congress social media team?
We get it. The good folks at Catch do not think highly of Prime Minister Modi. It’s no surprise then that Catch would carry an article titled “Dear Mr. Modi, the only growth you have achieved is in propaganda“.
But there is something curious (sinister?) going on with this article. First, I want you to take a look at the article as it is advertised on Catch-News main page.
As you can see clearly in the screenshot, the article has been written by “Catch Team”.
At this point, you might ask. So what? What’s the big deal about a news website posting its take on 3 years of the Modi government?
Give me a moment then to click on the article and see what comes up. Here’s the screenshot.
Well, no surprises here. The expanded view only tells us that this article was posted by “Catch Team”, last updated at 18:42 IST on May 20, 2017.
Now the fun begins. Scroll down to the bottom of the article. Here’s what you get.
It now says that the writer is the social media in charge of the Indian National Congress and also says that the opinions are the personal views of the author. Even the times mentioned at the top and at the bottom of the post are identical : May 20, 2017 at 18:42 IST.
Only the author has changed from “Catch Team” at the top to “social media in charge of the Congress” at the bottom.
So who really wrote this? Did the Congress social media in charge write the official take of “Catch Team” on 3 years of Modi government? Or was it the other way around?
Or maybe they wrote it together? Did “Catch Team” sit down with the social media cell of the Congress party and prepare a joint statement on 3 years of Modi government?
We might have stumbled on to something here … and it seems to be very interesting.
I am sure a reputed and honest organization like Catchnews will have a simple and satisfactory explanation for this. I am sure they will clear all our doubts. And we can go back to treating Catch as a trustworthy news source. Like always…
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Abhishek Banerjee is a math lover who may or not be an Assistant Professor at IISc Bangalore. He is the author of Operation Johar – A Love Story, a novel on the pain of left wing terror in Jharkhand, available on Amazon here.