PM Narendra Modi recently returned from his three-day-long official visit to the United States. Against this backdrop, an image claimed to be the front page of The New York Times has been shared. The headline of the alleged article on the Indian Prime Minister reads, “Last, Best Hope of Earth”. The subheading below reads, “World’s most loved and most powerful leader is here to bless us.” The clipping is dated September 26, 2021.
A Twitter user with the handle ‘@FltLtAnoopVerma’ also shared the newspaper clipping. (Archive link)
It is widespread on Facebook and Twitter.
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This image has also made its way to WhatsApp. In fact, we received numerous requests to fact-check it on our WhatsApp helpline (+91 76000 11160).
Satire believed to be true
Upon taking a closer look at the clipping, we noticed that the word ‘September’ is misspelt as ‘Setpember’. Furthermore, the caption below PM Modi’s image reads, ”His highness, Modiji is signing on a blank A4 paper to bless our country…har har Modi.” The sentence has a tone of mockery.
We checked The New York Times website to locate the front page of the September 26 issue. We discovered that none of the stories was about PM Modi.
Below is a comparison between the genuine September 26, 2021 issue and the morphed issue viral on social media. The differences are evident, for instance, the volume number and price. The viral image has the volume number 57,411 whereas the genuine has the volume number 59,193. Similarly, the price mentioned in the viral image is $2.50, and $6.00 in the original.
A Twitter user shared a clipping of The New York Times front-page dated November 9, 2016 which has the same volume number and price as the viral image.
The New York Times also took to Twitter to clarify that the report is fabricated.
A satirical post was thus believed to be true and shared with praises for the Indian Prime Minister.