It's not for the first time. Leading Bollywood personalities like Big B and Shashi Kapoor have faced death hoaxes multiple times. It's when wrong information gets circulated through internet. But what if media declares a live person dead? What about Jayalalithaa's news doing the rounds right now?
In the morning, one leading Malayalam news channel showed flash news that she is no more. In the evening, when same news was circulated through whatsapp by my Tamil friends, I switched on TV. There was a footage of a Tamil news channel confirming the news. But nothing. Malayalam news channels clarified that hospital authorities have denied the news. Later all the Tamil channels reverted the news.
See how low our media has gone!!!! Waiting for a person's death with live telecast, live discussions. What else is needed? I also got surprised to know when Malayalam channels said, hoisted Flags which were lowered after the news broke out, were once again restored to fly high. It was done by AIDMK politicians.
Till now, I thought it happens only in movies. Is media not responsible for telecasting such delicate news only after receiving official confirmation from the other side? We have witnessed many wrong messages conveyed to public through news channels. But spreading wrong news that someone is dead is horrible.
Last year when a Malayalam comedian was admitted at hospital, flash news came on several channels that he is dead. His condition was critic and died 2-3 days after this 'breaking news'.
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