How Arnab Goswami Reacted to the Criticism of His Modi Interview

Read Arnab Goswami’s message to everybody lampooning, trolling and castigating him over his interview with Modi.

Updated28 Jun 2016, 04:53 PM IST
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To set the record straight (and shut all his critics), here is Arnab Goswami’s message to everybody lampooning, trolling and castigating him over his interview (the first ever, mind you) with Narendra Modi.

There is a group that has nothing to do but discuss me, my stories and my interview, day in and day out without any fail without getting exhausted. I am very flattered. It shows how keenly they watch The Newshour and Frankly Speaking. I can only say that for their loyal and enthusiastic viewership, I’m very grateful. 
Arnab Goswami in an interview with NewsMobile

From tame and soft-spoken to snarky and sarcastic, Goswami’s verbal journey since last night has been nothing short of exciting.

Lashing out at his critics, Goswami asserted that his interviews have set “new benchmarks of reach, impact and viewership.”

NewsMobile journalist Saurabh Shukla started off by asking Goswami what he has to say about those criticising him over the interview. In response, Goswami expressed his heartfelt (and sarcastic) gratitude to people who spend all their time watching him and his interviews.

He was then asked why he was unusually calm in the interview, to which he said:

If someone were to watch the interview then the news points are pretty obvious. The Prime Minister hinted at a possible civil and military divide in Pakistan. I thought his response on NSG was an interesting news point.

Okay, all this is great, but where is the answer to the actual question– why the calm, Mr Goswami?

Seems like we will need another interview to get him to answer that.

His next comment is not only wrong, but also reeks of ignorance.

I thought the manner in which he approached the question on Raghuram Rajan was a straight forward news point. I’m disappointed that my loyal group of viewers, including the media missed these news points.

Um, you are grossly uninformed here, sir.

How Arnab Goswami Reacted to the Criticism of His Modi Interview

A few minutes after the preview of Modi’s comments on Subramanian Swamy and Raghuram Rajan was released, every leading media organization picked up the “news point” he spoke so highly of.

Lastly, Goswami evading an important question does not suit his style, stature or reputation. We all know what happens to panelists who evade his questions, on his show.

When he was questioned on whether there were any “no-no” questions with respect to Modi, Goswami conveniently chose not to answer and went on talking about the impact his interviews have had.

I’ve always done my interviews the way I want to. My previous interviews have all set new benchmarks in terms of reach, impact and viewership.

Tsk tsk, Mr Goswami, this isn’t what we expected.

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Published: 28 Jun 2016, 04:02 PM IST

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