In a major goof-up, news channel Times Now mistakenly declared Congress leader Shashi Tharoor dead. In a tweet which was a tribute to veteran Bollywood actor Shashi Kapoor who died on Monday, the channel wrote ‘Shashi Tharoor’ instead of Kapoor.
Here’s the screenshot of the tweet which was later removed:
But people were quick to spot the blunder:
@TimesNow Why god why……. Kya foonk ke bethe ho bhai..???? @ShashiTharoor pic.twitter.com/LaYsg4bkRR
— Nishant Singh (@thehungrytide) December 4, 2017
An intern somewhere is screaming: “DAMN AUTOCORRECT! We talk about Tharoor too maach”
— Meghnad (@Memeghnad) December 4, 2017
Major goof up. God bless the one who made this faux pas
— Siddhi Gaharwar (@siddhi_ANI) December 4, 2017
Even Shashi Tharoor himself took notice of it:
We’re getting condolence calls in the office! Reports of my demise are, if not exaggerated, at least premature. @TimesNow #ShashiKapoor https://t.co/nbtZGcdQTa
— Shashi Tharoor (@ShashiTharoor) December 4, 2017
And so did former J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah:
As much as some of these channels dislike me they’ve never killed me off. You have a unique distinction here Shashi
Times Now apologised for the ‘typographical error’:
We apologize for the typographical error on our end. @ShashiTharoor we wish you good health.
— TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) December 4, 2017
However, Tweeps were in no mood to let it go and Times Now ended up enduring a whole lot of sarcasm.
Send me a sample of whatever you were smoking in your studio.
— Rituraj (@rb_twit) December 4, 2017
Typographical error… All your sensational debates are yeoman errors.. Your channel itself is the biggest error society has experienced… Get well soon.. You people need medical help.. @TimesNow
— DR.MAHESH CP (@DRMAHESHCP1) December 4, 2017
Typo or wishful reportage ?
— Sasidharan Pazhoor (@inquestioner) December 4, 2017
Such a carelessness is laughable. I wish your channel good health after this.
— Prashasti Karlekar (@_PUNeera) December 4, 2017