In his three-day visit to the United States of America, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed the 76th session of United Nations Security Council and held meetings with President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. After his visit to the United States, an morphed image, supposedly of New York Times is doing rounds in social media which hails Narendra Modi as the world’s best leader.
A Twitter user Flt Lt Anoop Verma (Retd.) shared the image with a caption that reads”
Narendra Modi: Last, Best Hope of Earth”.Archived version of the tweet can be found here.
Another Twitter use AJAY SINGH shared the image with a caption that reads See New York Times adoring PM MODI”. Archived version of the tweet can be found here.
Another Twitter user Mukesh Rathwa shared the image with a caption that reads
“Last,Best Hope Of Earth Har Har Modi !
-The New York Times“.
Archived version of the tweet can be found here.
The image is viral on Facebook too
We first checked e-paper edition of New York Times on 26-september-2021 and found no mention of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Then, we noticed the spelling of SEPTEMBER was mistyped as ‘SETPEMBER’.
By searching the volume number of the viral newspaper clip in the web, we found the original e-paper of New York Times, which is morphed with Narendra Modi’s image. The volume number (Vol CLXVi) and price($2.5) on both the newspaper is same, while the price mentioned in the 26-09-2021 newspaper is $6.
The Vol CLXVi e-paper can be seen below from a tweet by the official handle of The New York Times
The front page of The New York Times, Nov. 9, 2016.
— The New York Times (@nytimes) November 9, 2016
New York Times also issued a clarification on Twitter and said image is completely fabricated.
This is a completely fabricated image, one of many in circulation featuring Prime Minister Modi. All of our factual reporting on Narendra Modi can be found at:https://t.co/ShYn4qW4nT pic.twitter.com/gsY7AlNFna
— NYTimes Communications (@NYTimesPR) September 28, 2021
The newspaper clip is morphed.