The war of words between Arnab Goswami and his former NDTV colleague Barkha Dutt has taken an ugly turn. On Thursday, the two were seen exchanging barbs at each other. First, it was Dutt who called Goswami’s act of remotely gate crashing a press conference ‘dangerous drivel’. This prompted Goswami to launch a tirade against his former colleague by referring to her as a ‘currently unemployed and probably permanently unemployable Radia type journalist’.
Reacting to the viral video of Goswami remotely gatecrashing filmmaker Aparna Sen’s press conference on Thursday, Dutt had tweeted, “Anyone who watches and endorses this dangerous drivel has no right to ever criticise news media again. If this journalism, I’m the Indian prime minister.
Anyone who watches and endorses this dangerous drivel has no right to ever criticise news media again. If this journalism, I’m the Indian prime minister. https://t.co/oV4mjzE4E0
— barkha dutt (@BDUTT) July 25, 2019
This tweet appeared to have rubbed Goswami up the wrong way as he decided to launch an all-out attack against his former colleague on LIVE TV. Starting his prime time debate on Thursday night, Goswami said, “As for currently unemployed and probably permanently unemployable Radia types, who have opinions on us. Well if it helps them find a job, then it’s probably worth it for them. Till then, they can write another $500 sellout piece for some American piece of scrap.”
Dutt responded on Twitter, “Am told a certain ‘anchor’ spent more than a few minutes of air time on me, huffing, puffing, frothing, fuming. Clearly, my one tweet on him really punctured his bombast. Amused! Hope you set aside a few minutes of your show on me every night. Maybe it will get more watchable.”
Goswami had trended on Thursday as journalists and social media users poked fun at him for remotely gatecrashing the press conference of Sen, who was addressing the media on her letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressing concern on the rise of mob-lynchings in India.
This is not the first time that Goswami has attacked Dutt on his TV channel. Last month, he had mocked Dutt by calling him a ‘Radia journalist.’ He had said, “Was a Congress’ failed politician trying to harvest a Radia journalist till some time back? What was that? Fighting for freedom of expression? Is this the zero-loss theory?”
In 2016, Dutt had attacked Goswami calling him shame for the journalism profession in India after the latter, then with Times Now TV, demanded to gag the media. Dutt had said, “Times Now calls for gagging of media & for journalists to be tried &punished. This man is journalist? I am ashamed to be from same industry as him. (sic)”