[Reader-list] The Importance of Being Arnab (Goswami)
Rajendra Bhat Uppinangadi
rajen786uppinangady at gmail.com
Mon Mar 8 15:19:58 IST 2010
That the anchors are no more "journalists" is well known issue with tv
viewers, but moot issue is how is it that the "intellectuals " sit with
them, on the panels to mold the opinions and doctor the spins and be the
hidden persuaders for the oldest party which died natural death in 1969.?
With divided polity, today the vote banks based on castes, faiths and
regions and languages, the ill organised individuals and the castes are
neglcted lot in democratic life of rule of laws.Few years ago, it was
pointed out to NDTV the funny and amusing behaviours of Arnab who with
vineer of being polite was arrogant beast with his anchoring, and as luck
could have it, the times now grabbed this anchor, who just wanted this type
for their paid news service, and rajdeep and sagarika had field day with
american sponsorship, and awards was assured when barkha was in the list of
tokenism of padma, so was rajdeep, but Arnab was missing thanks to his style
of polite rubbing of all the right persons in wrong places.!
On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 4:09 PM, Shuddhabrata Sengupta <shuddha at sarai.net>wrote:
> Agreed, it fits Sagarika too, and Barkha Dutt, and Rajdeep Sardesai,
> but Mr. Goswami, crown prince of smugness himself, somehow takes the
> cake !
> On 06-Mar-10, at 3:49 PM, Pawan Durani wrote:
> > Rather unfair ....I think it actually fits Sagarika's attitude.
> > On Sat, Mar 6, 2010 at 2:45 PM, Shuddhabrata Sengupta
> > <shuddha at sarai.net> wrote:
> > Dear All,
> > Apropos of the recent small flurry of TV news, and specifically Arnab
> > Goswami related posts on the list - here is something that I enjoyed
> > reading enormously, and so, thought that I would pass along to the
> > rest of the list - it was posted on a blog called www.rollon.in on
> > the 19th of December, 2009.
> > Enjoy,
> > Shuddha
> > --------------------
> > Arnab Goswami Allows Interviewee to Answer
> > http://www.rollon.in/2009/12/19/arnab-goswami-allows-interviewee-to-
> > answer/
> > In an unprecedented event earlier this evening, Arnab Goswami, the
> > Editor-In-Chief for Times Now, stayed silent for a full 5 seconds
> > during News Hour, allowing his guests to speak, and sending the TRP
> > ratings for the channel soaring through the roof. This shocking
> > moment occurred while the usually chirpy Arnab was interviewing an
> > expert panel of celebrities, regarding Borivali’s recent demand for
> > statehood.
> > The news has been received with varied reactions from all over.
> > Rajdeep Sardesai, from a competing news channel, said he’d like to
> > maintain a dignified silence regarding this development, right after
> > pointing out that the gimmick was ‘too low even by Arnab’s dwarfish
> > standards’. Mahesh Bhatt called in earlier today from his mobile home
> > parked permanently outside the offices of 24×7, saying that the news
> > was provocative, communal and biased. He further demanded that the
> > censor board be banned for this. When pointed out that the Censor
> > Board had no role to play in this incident, he said that it was
> > beside the point, and the censor board should be banned regardless.
> > Throughout the telecon, Suhel Seth, seated beside Mr. Bhatt, kept
> > shouting obsceneties. When asked to comment, he said that he was
> > infuriated with the situation for no particular reason and threatened
> > to go without a hair cut for a further six months.
> > The most candid response came from the expert panel itself.
> > Apparently, they were flabbergasted that Arnab betrayed their trust
> > on national television. As usual before News Hour, the panel had been
> > briefed that absolutely no answers would be required from them
> > throughout the program, since Arnab will keep questioning without
> > pauses; their role was restricted to trying to fit in as many
> > interjections and conjunctions (Whoa!, But, Ah!) in between to give
> > the illusion of them actually having something to say. So, fifteen
> > minutes into the program, Ms. Ameesha Patel was understandably
> > embarrassed when she found herself forced to sing ‘Yeahhh lazy lazy
> > lamhe…’ to Arnab’s question on her opinion on a federal government
> > structure.
> > On the other side of the border, Pakistan Interior Minister, Mr.
> > Rehman Malik, noted that this was a difficult time for Pakistan, and
> > urged the citizens to be brave and help the nation to collective
> > overcome these forces of evil. When reminded that it was the Times
> > Now incident and not another bomb blast for which his reaction was
> > being sought, he noted that this was a difficult time for Pakistan,
> > and urged the citizens to be brave and help the nation to collective
> > overcome the forces of evil.
> > Arnab himself chose to downplay the incident, pointing out that the
> > magnitude of the incident had been blown out of proportions by the
> > media. ‘I remember being silent for a full 6 seconds back in 1985
> > while honing my interviewing skills on my pet dog. That being said, I
> > know that the people of India are dying for an answer. So, you can
> > join us today on News Hour to find out WHY ARNAB PAUSED,’ said Arnab
> > with his trademark authoritative voice, while leaning over the desk
> > on one arm.
> > Note: All of this is obviously untrue. Arnab didn’t pause.
> > Shuddhabrata Sengupta
> > The Sarai Programme at CSDS
> > Raqs Media Collective
> > shuddha at sarai.net
> > www.sarai.net
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