New Delhi, July 3: The interview of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Times Now editor-in-chief Arnab Goswami has triggered a war of words among journalists. While a section of media is asking why Narendra Modi chose Arnab Goswami for exclusive interview and ignored other journalists, the Times Now editor believes he was rewarded because of extremely high viewership of his news channel. The much-hyped interview of Modi, has also led to a cold war between two former colleagues – Arnab Goswami and Rajdeep Sardesai. Also Read - SC Extends Arnab Goswami's Interim Bail in Abetment to Suicide Case
In his justification for his ‘uncharacteristically’ soft tone during the Modi interview, Arnab Goswami took a jibe at Sagarika Ghose, eminent journalist and wife of Rajdeep Sardesai. (ALSO READ: Finally! Arnab Goswami breaks silence on interview with Narendra Modi) Also Read - Arnab Goswami’s Plea Against Privilege Notice Adjourned for Two weeks by SC
Arnab wrote, “For me, working far away from the machinations and intrigue of Lutyens journalism, the collective outrage of Lutyens journalists at the fact that I got the interview is amusing. One of them, a has-been anchor who desperately lobbies for an opportunity to be invited on my Newshour debates, even put out a tweet asking why the prime minister chose to give an interview to me and not hold a press conference. Embarrassed by the angry reactions, she deleted the tweet later. I thought her question was intellectually disjointed.” Also Read - #BoycottZomato Trends After Swara Bhasker Asks Company to Pull Out Ad From Republic TV
Arnab’s response came after Sagarika Ghose asked the Prime Minister’s Office to hold press conference rather than giving interviews to individuals. “Dear PMO, please hold an open press conference rather than bestow favour on individual journalists. Let there be free and fair exchange,” Ghose had tweeted.
After Arnab’s jib at Ghose, many Twitter users tagged her husband and renowned journalist, Rajdeep Sardesai, for a comment. Instead of hitting back at Arnab, Rajdeep asked his followers to better ignore him. “Not at all. They and their glorified hero have revealed their mindset. Let them continue,” replied Rajdeep to a twitterati.