27 September, 2020

The Nation Will Skewer You Now

As self-righteous misanthropes go, the Times Now chief is in the pantheon

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The Nation Will Skewer You Now
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An American diplomat-friend wrote to me after reading an article of mine in Gulf News on Arnab Goswami’s Newshour:  “Sounded like you are describing Fox News.” Not entirely sure if I got it, she added: “Fox is not about news, but propaganda.” A rea­der from Dubai quipped on the same day: “I tried to watch it yesterday for the first time, what you rightly describe as nightly tyranny. I was unable to bear the rage for more than 10 minutes.... The nation is in a murderous mood throughout.”

Arnab seems to provoke intense responses of revulsion and dismay among most people. So far, I haven’t come across anyone who has defended his programme. In spite of the near-universal abhorrence of Newshour, its pop­ularity is soaring, or so it appears. Moreover, the prolife­ration of Arnab clones on TV screens across India in reg­io­nal language cha­­nnels has further complicated the enigma of the master of the monologue. What is the magic formula that attracts middle-class India to...

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