Posted on November 24, 2014 at 8:47 pm

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Targeted stories for numbers in today's media world?

Here we go again… Latest target of fabrication and yellow journalism being actor Arjun Rampal!

Running false stories and sensationalized issues seems to be the reputation a certain media house seems have earned. After the fiasco with Deepika Padukone, Times of India seems to have found another target for “creative and imaginative” writing. Really, apparently it’s the next big thing in journalism. Yeah, right! Who are we kidding?

Arjun Rampal has been dragged without reason to be part of the media fracas ever since the Hrithik-Sussanne divorce and it seems the scrutiny continues. Bombay Times published an unverified article speaking about Arjun’s role in hampering the friendship between his wife Mehr and good friend Sussanne.

According to the paper, Mehr Rampal has apparently confronted her husband and her close friend about their ‘deep friendship”. Says a trusted industry source commenting on the ludicrous matter on the condition of anonymity,

 “Ya right… someone needs to tell the publication that targeting people just for fictitious bits of news is completely baseless is totally unprofessional. It’s amazing how today words of sources who can be just about anyone comment on matters that have no connection to them. Words of a model ‘friend’ and a bored sit at home star wife clearly seems to have depth.” Remarks the source sarcastically.

Post the article, Arjun reiterated via his personal twitter space,

“Bombay Times, who paid you? Who are these faceless accusers? If you have the guts reveal them first. Stay away from me and my family.”

Fans and industry colleagues have come out in support of the actor. Some have even gone on to call the news Bullsh*t accusing the newspaper of meddling in other’s business.

Actor Siddharth Malhotra also tweeted,

“It’s absolutely shameful to see what Bombay Times TOI has stooped to!!!”

Actor Hrithik has also supported the issue on Twitter.

One of the twitter followers also spoke about defamation saying,

“In the light of Arjun Rampal’s story published in Bombay Times today – Do individuals not have the right to fight in court for defamation?”

Earlier in the year, Mehr and Sussanne had also issued an official statement refuting the rumors and speaking of their true friendship. The ladies are each other’s pillars of strength, the report said. Sussanne has now cleared the air in another official statement saying,

“Arjun and Mehr are friends and have been for years. To poison a relationship such as this is malicious behavior. I have, with Mehr, earlier stated in the same paper that there is no truth to the claim that Arjun and I are anything more than friends.”

Publications have the duty to reach out to the masses with vital and correct information. However, Bombay Times has misused this opportunity to altogether another level. Let’s wait and watch what the publication has to say about their second fiasco. What do you think – should media sites be really concerned about hits?