Some social media platforms and websites have run a story on an American satire show by Jon Stewart where correspondent Jason Jones reports on a fake news item that he has ‘planted’ in Millennium Post.
A video grab of the show has a female reporter agreeing to publish a story in the paper if she is paid ‘2,500 bucks’. We would like to clarify here that she is a trainee journalist and not a full-time employee with us. Her words should not be ascribed to us. Nor did we receive payment for any such story.
It was a lapse on our part to let such a story find its way into one of our entertainment pages.
Initial investigation shows the story was planted by an Indian journalist claiming to work for a foreign media company who was contacted by the show’s producers. Brennan Shroff, the chief producer of the show, has reportedly said this was simply a joke.
But journalism is not a joke for us. We will fight back any effort to tarnish our hard-earned image of publishing no half truths through all available legal options. We wish to remind our readers that we will always strive to uphold the highest journalistic standards.