July 27: Much has been said about the ultimate show man of the current India’s prime time news scene- Arnab Goswami. He gets the TRPs and claims to be the voice of the nation, but to those of us who want to talk about and respect varied and alternatives strands of thought and opinion, Goswami is nothing more than a loudspeaker, whose voice we are all tired of hearing. On Wednesday, Barkha Dutt voiced the frustration that majority of the journalists have been feeling, ever since the rise of this self-proclaimed representative of the nation.

In a Facebook post on Wednesday, Dutt attacked Goswami and his style of news coverage and discussion and debate. Taking a brazen and caustic tone against Goswami’s loud and sensational news coverage, Dutt said that she was ashamed of being from the same industry as him. Accusing him of ‘gagging the media’ and running unnecessarily aggressive campaign against anyone and everyone, Dutt 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.” ALSO READ: Barkha Dutt’s little talked about response to Anupam Kher’s speech at Telegraph National Debate 2016 is a must watch! (Video)

Calling out Goswami’s selective outrage, Dutt took the instance of the current Jammu and Kashmir coverage of Times Now, saying, “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?”

Calling Arnab a ‘chamcha’ (sycophant) of the central government, Dutt lambasted Goswami for turning against the media of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, instead of standing with them and the state of Emergency that was imposed on the Valley recently. Dutt also pointed out to the silence of her colleagues and peers, saying that she was not a ‘shrinking violet’ and she won’t be cowed down by his attempts to target her on his show. Read the full post here:

“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. 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.”