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Frankly Ranting: Neither News Nor Even An Hour

The loaded barbs, cloaked in the tricolour, on the Arnab Goswami show

Frankly Ranting: Neither News Nor Even An Hour
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Frankly Ranting: Neither News Nor Even An Hour

Mar 9, 2015.

Debate: Should the BJP pull out of its alliance with the PDP in Kashmir after the release of separatist Masarat Alam?

Arnab’s position: Mufti Mohammed Sayeed is a pro-Pakistan chief minister, pandering to terrorists and openly flirting with Islamabad

Quote: “BJP is supporting separatists”

Times Now rationale*: Good cop BJP was speaking a different language from bad cop Mufti who was playing to a pre-scripted tune

Mar 4, 2015.

Debate: Should the BBC have interviewed the Delhi gangrape convict for Leslee Udwin’s documentary India’s Daughter?

Arnab’s position: The government should ban the film from being telecast on rival channel NDTV

Quote: “Someone very powerful in the Congress for the interview. Why?”

Times Now rationale: Laws do not allow BBC to show an interview-based documentary with a rapist in England. Why here?

Feb 20, 2015.

Debate: Should pro-Pakistan commentary end after Pakistani “terror boat” planning 26/11 style suicide mission is blown up on film?

Arnab’s position: We have to deal with both Pakistan for getting its facts wrong and the Congress party which has embarrassed our country and our national interests

Quote: “What the Congress said has undermined India.”

Times Now rationale: Video proves Pakistan crew set the boat on fire. The boat was on a terror mission as the four-minute footage proves.

Feb 17, 2015.

Debate: Why should Greenpeace activists go crying before the British Parliament?

Arnab’s position: This is not a free speech issue but a national issue

Quote: “Is this activism or anti-nationalism?”

Times Now rationale: The government would not have got the opportunity to defend its position against Greenpeace charges before British Parliament

Nov 4, 2014.

Debate: What should India’s position be after Sri Lanka’s decision to hang five fishermen from Tamil Nadu caught in Lankan waters?

Arnab’s position: BJP leader Subramanian Swamy declares war on everyone except Mahinda Rajapaksa

Quote: “Why is Swamy against the majority Tamil view?”

Times Now rationale: Swamy should have used his good offices with Mahinda Rajapaksa to secure the release of the fishermen

Jul 14, 2014.

Debate: Should Ved Pratap Vaidik, an aide of yoga guru Baba Ramdev, have met terrorist Hafiz Sayeed while on a visit to Pakistan?

Arnab’s position: Lampoons Vaidik and thrashes the senior journalist without hearing him on prime time

Quote: “What is this rubbish you are talking? Do you have a transcript?”

Times Now rationale: What he has done is wrong. He had talks with the mastermind of the 26/11 attacks on India.

Note: * Times Now rationale obtained from multiple off-the-record conversations

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