Journalists are expected to report facts without exaggerations. They do not have the liberty to exaggerate. Poets and writers of fiction have the liberty to exaggerate.
â€œDe Villiers was quick to get to the ball, running Dravid out at the strikerâ€™s end by a mile.â€ (Aditya Iyer â€“ Gambhir, Tendulkar keep India in hunt â€“ The Indian Express â€“ 4/1/2011.)
â€œWhile television replays showed that the ball wouldâ€™ve jumped the stumps by a mile, umpire Asad Rauf couldnâ€™t resort to such technological luxuries, dismissing de Villiers for a patient 33.â€ (Aditya Iyer â€“ Durban Legend â€“ The Indian Express â€“ 30/12/2010.)
A mile has eight furlongs. A furlong has 220 yards. A yard has three feet. A foot has 12 inches. Cricket pitch is of 22 yards. Rahul Dravid was away from the strikerâ€™s end by some inches or feet but not by a mile. In A. B. de Villiersâ€™ case the ball could have jumped the stumps by some inches but not by a mile.
Once there was a murder in Malad. A report mentioned the body was cut into 300 pieces. Did the reporter count the pieces?
At the end of December 2010 many flights in USA were cancelled. NDTV 24 X 7 reported â€Tons of flights cancelled.â€ Not dozens. Not hundreds. Since when flights are measured in tons?