The “Breaking News” industry has done it again. Delhi High Court’s judgement on the ‘office of profit’ case involving the AAP MLAs was expected today. In their rush to be the first to break news, Republic TV, India Today and Aaj Tak ended up sharing false news about it.

Aaj Tak, the Hindi channel of the illustrious India Today group falsely announced that AAP’s 20 MLAs were disqualified by the Delhi High Court. The Aaj Tak live video is quite hilarious as after delivering a “big blow” to Arvind Kejriwal and initiating a discussion on it, the anchor learns on live TV that the reality is otherwise.

In the clip below, the anchor Anjana Om Kashyap begins by saying, “The 20 AAP MLAs have been disqualified. Big news from the High Court, first on Aaj Tak. Big decision by Delhi HC. No relief for the 20 AAP MLAs. Their petition has been rejected” (translated), The broadcast then shifted from the newsroom to the Delhi High Court where the Aaj Tak correspondent reported the ‘news’.

In a hilarious turn of events however, the channel realised that the information from the Delhi HC was exactly the opposite of what it reported in haste. The anchor clarified by saying, “This news has now turned on its head. Big relief for AAP MLAs and the earlier information relayed by Aaj Tak has proved to be false. Apologies. The decision of the court changed on its way out of the Court premises” (translated).

Aaj Tak’s sister channel India Today also tweeted this false news at 2:24 pm.

“AAP MLAs stand disqualified. Big blow to Arvind Kejriwal” tweeted Republic TV when in reality the Delhi High Court had set aside the disqualification of the 20 AAP MLAs.

Facts seem to have no place in the age of “breaking news”. This is not the first time that news channels have made such an embarrassing mistake in their rush to be the first to break news. A few months ago sections of Indian media had acquitted Lalu Yadav before convicting him, and more recently they had announced results of Sridevi’s autopsy even before they were released.

Let us look what happened this time that left Republic and Aaj Tak red faced:

2.23pm: Kapil Mishra tweeted that 20 AAP MLAs disqualified by Delhi High Court

2.24pm: Anjana Om Kashyap of Aaj Tak tweeted the same in Hindi and Aaj Tak announced the false news on air

2:24 pm: India Today tweeted the false news

2.25 pm: Republic TV tweeted the false news

2.28 pm ANI news flash about High Court decision

In the five minutes that the fake news remained in circulation , leaders from both BJP and Congress fell for it and started rejoicing.

What happened next was a complete meltdown and a rush to delete the celebratory tweets. Thus ended yet another hilarious episode of “breaking fake news”. It does leave us wondering about the credibility of the “sources” that our media houses rely on for their news and the process, if any to verify authenticity of the news before breaking it.

Update (20:51 23-03-2018): Misreporting on the aforementioned issue was more widespread than we had imagined. Several Alt News readers have shared screenshots of other news channels who also carried the false news. We are posting them here.e

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16 Comments on "Breaking Fake News: Aaj Tak and Republic TV misreport Delhi HC verdict on AAP MLAs"

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Indian
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those who spread false news need to be thrown out of job…

Niranjan
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Yrs5.

Indian
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Totally agree.

Samar
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When will basic common sense come out of darkness?

b upadhyay
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वंदे मातरम्

@deepaksingh83
10h10 hours ago
दिल्ली हाइकोर्ट द्वारा @AamAadmiParty के 20 विधायकों पर फैसले से कई लोग/संस्था नंगे हुए उनमे से मुख्य हैं:
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8.मीडिया

Indian
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All channels are bought by bjp. They just fool common people. We should totally boycott media.

Arsalan Khan
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U forgot another channel …Zee hindustan

Rakesh Agrawal
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That;s CHHEE News!

xyz
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Modizee News

Farrukh Nadim
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These channels blatantly misreport and due to which ordinary viewers are losing interest in news broadcasts. If regulatory authorities do not take necessary action in this regard make sure the main stream media will soon become a thing of past. I request channel heads to break news and not bark. Some of the times breaking news turns out to be barking news which is unfortunate.

Rakesh Agrawal
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I don’t believe that they misread it as they are lousy, shameless and soulless godi media, sanghi agents and mouthpieces of this govt, that moron, Arnab Goswami, is a shit-pot and a paid agent, a black-spot on journalism!

Uma
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This morning’s ToI carries a graph showing people are moving away from electronic media and towards traditional media (meaning newspapers and radio). Is it any surprise that this is happening?

Prashant
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These channels are notorious for manufacturing of news to suit their financial supporters’ whims.

xyz
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Congress is the left cheek,BJP is the right cheek and Indian TV media is the hole in the middle which constantly delivers sh!t.

Raj Baral
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Publishing News Media or Visual News Media are the information provider on the basis of fact reporting. Leading News Chanels are not doing their job honestly. Most of the Channels are just participating in Breking News competition for gaining TRP and ignoring their responsibilities. Every News are based on favoritism, which is not good for our society. Rather to watch these, it is better to block these kind of information providers. It is ridiculous and very shameful and as well as harmful to society.

Indian
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Aaj tak is big fraud channel. This channel should be banned.