The Quint Squints Again

When the vision gets too squinted in the hatred for the Government and the Prime Minster, it shows up as shoddy work from people.

Here is the screenshot of Hon’ble Minister Smriti Irani’s tweet in question. Unfortunately neither the Trolls nor the Contents team of “The Quint” nor the Editorial Controls saw that all important Punctuation in the Minister’s tweet. Incidentally, The Quint Article has the same Punctuation (?) in their headline. What hate does to people is amazing!!!

Crowd sourcing and publishing stories based on Tweets are fine, Jbut then Editorial Controls is an art that no serious journalism (even for Neo-Media) can forgo. Quint once again failed miserably there and has the audacity to say “Smriti Irani’s Faux Paus”

At the time of writing this piece : Here is the Text paste version of their Column

Srinagar to Leh in 15 Mins? Twitter Mocks Smriti Irani’s Faux Pas

Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Smriti Irani committed a faux pas on Friday, 5 January, when she posted a tweet that said ‘Srinagar to Leh in 15 minutes: Cabinet approves Zojila Pass tunnel project’.

(Photo Courtesy: Twitter)

The tweet was accompanied by a link to a Times of India article (sourced from PTI), as well as an image of a story, whose headline was the same as her tweet.

Now, a quick glance on the internet reveals that the distance between Srinagar and Leh via NH-1D is more than 400 kms. And what Irani’s tweet seems to be suggesting is that one can go from to Srinagar to Leh in 15 minutes.

400 kms in just 15 minutes? Say, what? The error is all too conspicuous.

Twitter Goes All Scienc-y to Mock Irani’s Faux Pas

The folks on Twitter were quick to mock this faux pas. However, Irani has still not deleted her erroneous tweet.

TOI has fixed the error in its copy, accompanied by a statement reading:

Corrigendum: An earlier version of this agency story wrongly mentioned that the travel time between Srinagar and Leh would be reduced to 15 minutes. The proposed tunnel would reduce the travel time of crossing Zojila Pass from 3.5 hours to 15 minutes. The error is regretted.

The Zojila Pass tunnel, whose construction the Union Cabinet approved on 3 January, is touted to be Asia’s longest bi-directional tunnel, and is expected to be constructed in seven years.

So that their Stupidity of Quint is preserved for posterity lest the piece is edited and taken down Here is the Screenshot (re arranged in two columns for readability)

Despite pointing this Gross Error in this piece, those who said, “However, Irani has still not deleted her erroneous tweet” still have their piece published as it is. Something tells me (s)Quint will soon sprint from the scene

Until then! Jain Hind!