Taking to Facebook, Barkha, a former colleague of Arnab in NDTV, 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.”
She added, “What’s striking is his brazen and cowardly hypocrisy. So he drones on and on about Pro Pakistan Doves without one word on the JK alliance agreement that commits the BJP and PDP to talks with Pakistan and Hurriyat and is silent on Modi’s own Pakistan outreach- neither of which I object to- but since Arnab Goswami measures patriotism by such views why is he so silent on the government? Chamchagiri?
“Imagine, a journalist actually exhorts the government to shut down sections of the media, misrepresents them as isi agents and terror sympathisers, calls for them to be tried and acted against.
“And our fraternity remains locked into politically correct and timid silence. Well Im not a shrinking violet Mr. Goswami and no matter how many times you take my name directly or indirectly on your show, I really dont give a toss for your opinion. I hope I will always be someone whose journalism you loathe, because trust me, the feeling is so utterly mutual that it would kill me to be on the same side of any issue as you.”
Barkha’s all out attack against Arnab, who’s lately earned a notorious reputation of having surrendered editorial freedom to the BJP government, became a topic of intense social media conversation.
While the right-wing users made desperate attempts to come to Arnab’s rescue, Barkha earned plenty of plaudits from sane Twitter users for her response.
Here are some of the reactions;
A bully on TV who took chamchagiri to new heights with PM interview & who has redefined jingoism: Thy name is Arnab! https://t.co/GsmBbjY6tC
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) July 27, 2016
The biggest 'Pakistani agent' is Arnab Goswami. His hatred and warmongering gives ammunition to those against India https://t.co/sc2RqI9Hoo
— Shivam Vij (@DilliDurAst) July 27, 2016
So @BDUTT has accepted invitation to debate Arnab Goswami. We can broadcast live. Let's see if Arnab has the courage to debate against her.
— Rahul Kanwal (@rahulkanwal) July 27, 2016
— Preeti Sharma Menon (@PreetiSMenon) July 27, 2016
Arnab Goswami moderating a New hour debate. https://t.co/Ixj2QbSwdu
— Gabbbar (@GabbbarSingh) July 27, 2016
#ArnabGoswami you were once an idol for many …. hate to say but now you just an idiotic guy barking. You've ruined journalism
— shrikant (@ShrikantbanerG) July 27, 2016
Arnab Goswami shouts down everyone, then kneels when it comes to asking Modi tough questions. And this is supposedly unbiased journalism?
— lindsay pereira (@lindsaypereira) July 27, 2016