Popular English news channel Times Now once again found itself in the centre of controversy after it referred to Kerala as Pakistan. While reporting about BJP President Amit Shah’s visit to the state on Friday, Times Now published a headline which suggested that the minister was going to Pakistan.
Here is the screenshot:
After the Centre recently announced new restrictions in cattle trade and slaughter, Kerala has been strongly opposing the govt-imposed food diktat. While reporting about the beef ban row and BJP President Amit Shah’s visit to Kerala on Friday, the news channel had run a headline saying 'Heads to Thundery Pakistan'.
It was unclear whether it was a deliberate attempt to target Kerala because of the prevalence of beef consumption in the state or if it was an 'inadvertent error'. But the channel wasn't spared by the Twitteratti for its major blunder.
Here is how people slammed it:
Kerala 2014 ❤Whose literacy rate is higher- Kerala or Times Now? 😁 pic.twitter.com/JqKECr9Vvh— Shehla Rashid (@Shehla_Rashid) June 2, 2017
Yesterday Modi called us Somalians.Today TimesNow says we are Pakistanis.Tomorrow they will say that we are from Mars.#ApologiseTimesCow— Advaid (@Advaidism) June 2, 2017
Seriously Kerala govt should direct digital operators to take down Times Now. Hit them where it hurts. #apologisetimescow— N.S. Madhavan (@NSMlive) June 2, 2017
So Times Now called Kerala "Pakistan"? Wowww....Just when one thought Arnab was the pits, Times Now proves they re worse than Arnab.— Rohit TK (@teekkhai) June 2, 2017
Congratulation to everyone of us.🖖🖖🤘 Times Now just declared kerala as best Pakistan 🇮🇳🇮🇳 ⏩🇲🇷🇲🇷 in the World. UNESCO and NASA approved it. 💪— Roshan Thomas (@roshanpty) June 2, 2017
After all the outrage, an embarrassed Times Now had to put out an apology.