Readers blast NYT for describing Pulwama terror attack as ‘explosion’


Agitated readers, many from India, blasted the New York Times on Tuesday for describing the Pulwama terrorist attack that took the lives of 40 Indian soldiers as an ‘explosion’, forcing a hurried online change — without explanation — from a newspaper famed for its meticulous corrections and clarifications.

The offending headline, ‘In India’s Election Season, an Explosion Interrupts Modi’s Slump’ was changed to ‘In India’s Election Season, a Bombing Interrupts Modi’s Slump’, in the digital edition of the newspaper after chagrined readers vented at it for glossing over what was widely described as and accepted as a terrorist attack.

The twitter handle @nytimesworld that tweets the paper’s international stories also deleted a tweet that read, “After an explosion in Kashmir and weeks of brinkmanship with Pakistan, many Indians are rallying behind Prime Minister Narendra Modi as elections approach.” The tweet initially misspelled Prime Minister Modi’s first name as ”Narandra.”

However, in the print edition of the paper, the headline remained “In India’s Election Season, a Kashmir Blast Interrupts Modi’s Slump.”  Read  More

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