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‘Error’ In IANS Story: PM Referred To As Narendra Bakchod Modi

According to an unnamed IANS employee, autocorrect would have changed ‘Damodardas’ to ‘Bakchod’. Totally believable.

News agency Indo-Asian News Service (IANS) on Wednesday issued a story that caused a storm both within and outside the agency’s offices.

The IANS report about a scheme being approved by the Union Cabinet, referred to PM Narendra Modi as Narendra “Bakchod” Modi.

However, the story was updated in the next hour, and editors were advised against publication of the ‘incorrect’ version. The story was updated with a disclaimer and headline: “(Lead, Supersedes earlier version)” and is available on the IANS website, reported Newslaundy. 

Reportedly, IANS suspended the reporter with immediate action and issued a ‘show-cause’ notice to the story editor.

It has become a matter of much speculation, as to how such a blunder slipped through all the layers of story editing – passing from sub-editor to associate editor and the senior editor (if required).

IANS Managing Editor said in his statement that the error was ‘unacceptable and unconscionable.’ Off the records, one IANS employee told Newslaundry that the malfunction occurred due to ‘autocorrect’.

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