New York Times calls Pulwama bombing an explosion. Twitterati ask: Was 9/11 a plane crash?
The New York Times made two spectacular errors on Monday while publishing and tweeting a story about this year's Lok Sabha elections. Indian Twitter users found the first mistake so outrageous that few of them seemed to notice their prime minister's name was spelt "Narandra".
"In India's Election Season, an Explosion Interrupts Modi's Slump," read the headline of the article. By "explosion", the newspaper meant the suicide bombing that killed 40 Indian paramilitary soldiers in southern Kashmir last month.
Here's a screenshot.
In response to the headline, Twitter users expressed the following sentiment in myriad sarcastic ways: So 9/11 was a plane crash?
if pulwama was an explosion, 9/11 was a plane crash? it's very insensitive of NYT to make light of the losses we suffer from islamic terrorism!vivek singh (@vivekbabaji) March 11, 2019
If the incident in Pulwama was just an explosion, then 9/11 was a plane crash. My condolences to the Al-Qaeda workers who lost their precious lives just because of a stupid building.Sanjay Gautam (@Sanjayg551) March 11, 2019
If Pulwama Attack is just an explosion then 9/11 is just accident made by drunk pilot.BHARATH KN (@BharathRF) March 12, 2019
Here are some other reactions.
An explosion, I Guess going by NYT's lexicon the twin towers fell due to a mishap. American media outlets have lost the plot when it comes to reporting in the sub continent. https://t.co/Tt3eEZC8Epishaan prakash (@ishaan_ANI) March 11, 2019
This is a former Pakistani ambassador to the US.
The story's headline has since changed: "In India's Election Season, a Bombing Interrupts Modi's Slump".
The Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed claimed responsibility for the bombing in Pulwama, and the Indian Army has accused Islamabad's spy agency ISI of involvement. Within two weeks of the terrorist attack, Indian Mirage 2000 fighters struck a Jaish training camp in Pakistan.
The counterterrorism operation was described by India's Ministry of External Affairs as a pre-emptive strike, but it was widely seen as revenge for the bombing on February 14. The terrorist death toll has been a topic of vigorous political debate, where opposition skepticism clashed with the government's annoyance.
Now, India Today TV's investigative reporters have caught residents of Balakot and police officials in Pakistan-occupied Kadhmir admitting on tape that the Indian strikes caused military casualties, and not just the destruction of terror infrastructure and militants.