Here is a classic instance of how fake news is picked up and pushed with all might at disposal by the Congress-AAP ecosystem and even some journalists.
On June 30, 2018 a website named indiascoops.com ran a story that claimed PMO has spent Rs 35 lakh on PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Yoga Photoshoot’. Anyone who had seen the video of PM Modi doing Yoga can understand surely one thing that this particular video which gives a glance of PM’s morning routine can’t involve Rs 35 lakh at any stretch of imagination. However, many, whose political ideology is against PM Modi’s, treated this as gospel truth and shared this widely on social media. Now, as My Nation reported, the Prime Minister’s Office clarified that no expenditure was incurred on it. It was filmed at the PM’s residence by the official PMO cameraperson.
When this obscure website published the report without any documents but quoting the ‘sources’, the whole Congress and AAP eco-system had created a furore over this. See some examples below.
AAP-leaning handles too spread this fake news. Arvind Kejriwal retweeted a tweet of his follower who was spreading this fake news.
In fact on July 2 itself, Information and Broadcasting Minister Rajyawardhan Rathore had dismissed it when Congress MP Shashi Tharoor had tweeted quoting the fake report. It is to be noted that the Minister earlier invited the Prime Minister to show his fitness model as a part of #HumFitTohIndiaFit” campaign.
Now the reply directly came from PMO to an RTI query. It has said that nothing has been procured for the video that was shot in PM’s residence with PMO’s videographer.
It has to be seen how the fake news peddlers respond to this now. Journalists like Nikhil Wagle too were at the forefront of spreading fake news on social media. My Nation report also says that an independent lawyer has sent a legal notice to Nikhil Wagle and the website editor.