Washington Post publishes correction in anti-PM Manmohan Singh article
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Washington Post today admitted certain parts of its controversial article on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh were taken from one-year-old edition of an Indian magazine as the PMO slammed the write-up as "unethical and unprofessional" conduct of the journalist.
Amid protest from the PMO, the Post published a correction with regard to quotes attributed to the Prime Minister's former Media Adviser Sanjaya Baru and political historian Ramachandra Guha.
"An earlier version of this article failed to credit the 'Caravan', an Indian magazine, for two statements that it originally published in 2011.
"The assertion by Sanjaya Baru, a former media adviser, that Singh had become an object of ridicule and endured the worst period in his life first appeared in the 'Caravan', as did an assertion by Ramachandra Guha, a political historian, that Singh was handicapped by his 'timidity, complacency and intellectual dishonesty.
"While both men told The Post that the assertions could accurately be attributed to them, the article should have credited the 'Caravan' when it used or paraphrased the remarks. The article has been updated," said the correction.
The correction came as Pankaj Pachauri, Communications Adviser to the Prime Minister, wrote a strong protest letter to the US-based newspaper, saying the article reflected "unethical and unprofessional conduct" on part of journalist Simon Denyer.
Pachauri referred to quotes attributed to Baru and said Denyer had 'rehashed and used' an eight-month-old quote from an Indian magazine.
Terming the story as "totally one-sided", Pachauri said the journalist "never" got in touch with the PMO for its version on the article. "We expected better from the correspondent of the Washington Post for fair and unbiased reporting," he said.
Meanwhile, Tushar Poddar, India Economist of Goldman Sachs, also distanced himself from the comments attributed to him in the article.
In an email to the daily, Poddar said "I was dismayed to read ...comments attributed to me about India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. These published remarks bear little or no resemblance to my recollection of a conversation I had with your correspondent several months ago."
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