New Delhi. The Washington Post, which was blasted by the government authorities for carrying an article that called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh a “tragic figure”, has refused to apologize for the “controversial” article.
Government had earlier sought apology from the US publication for indulging in “yellow journalism” and carrying a “baseless” article.
“Why should we apologize? What wrong have we done if we have criticized Manmohan Singh?” argued Simon Denyer, the India Bureau Chief of The Washington Post.
“I mean, come on, Manmohan Singh is in essence just another Rajya Sabha member, he’s not some special member like Sachin Tendulkar!” Simon said.
The India bureau chief claimed that he knew the Indian politics, media, and society very well, and he knew that and criticism of Manmohan Singh was not any grave matter like criticism of Sachin Tendulkar.
“It’s not like I called Tendulkar a tragic figure who once shined like Manmohan Singh but is now faltering too often!” Simon said, “I know that can cause free speech issues and could create law and order problems in some part of India. But Manmohan Singh? Seriously?”
“Dude, I didn’t even blame the Congress high command! No mention of Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi as people who could also be blamed for the government’s problems!” Simon wondered why an apology was being sought.
When Faking News pointed out that his article referred to Sonia Gandhi as “Italian born”, Simon said, “But isn’t that the fact?”
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