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NewYork Times Denies Claims Of AAP Paying The Newspaper For Front Page Story

Newyork Times reply to BJP on AAP front pg story
NewYork Times refutes the allegations by several BJP leaders accusing AAP of paying the newspaper to spotlight Manish Sisodia.


Mumbai: The NewYork Times strongly reacted to the searches on AAP Minister and Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia, stating that its front-page feature about the politician’s reform of Delhi’s healthcare system and public schools was entirely objective.

“Our report about efforts to improve Delhi’s education system is based on impartial, on-the-ground reporting, and education is an issue that The New York Times has covered over many years. Journalism from The New York Times is always independent, free from political or advertiser influence,” said Nicole Tylor, a spokesperson of the newspaper.

After the raids by the CBI began at Sisodia’s home, accusing him of implementing a liquor policy for Delhi that was seeped in corruption and kickbacks, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said the CBI action was prompted by the prominence given by a world-class newspaper to the accomplishments of his deputy. “The CBI raids come on a day when the Delhi education model was praised and Manish Sisodia’s picture printed on the front page of America’s largest newspaper NYT (New York Times)” he said.

The BJP attempted to undermine the piece and Mr. Sisodia by labelling it as “paid news,” an absurd assertion that the publication disproved.  Speaking to the media, BJP leader Parvesh Varma pointed to pieces about Mr. Sisodia in the New York Times and the Khaleej Times, claiming that they were identical and suggested a planted report.

The New York Times has refuted the accusation by mentioning how other publications syndicate their information.

“They lie on National television! The New York Times article praises their employees (Karandeep Singh). The phrase “courtesy New York Times” appears below the article in the Khaleej Times “Saurabh Bharadwaj of the AAP remarked.

“I challenge them, use whatever money you have, whatever power you have. You try and get an article published in New York Times if you think that is possible,” he added.

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