Kerala CPM MP targets Arnab Goswami in Facebook post: ‘The most unethical journalist I have ever seen’

MB Rajesh had participated in a news debate moderated by Arnab Goswami on Republic TV. Rajesh said in his Facebook post that the topic of the debate was changed at the last minute when he came on-air. The MP called him a coward and an unethical journalist.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: May 30, 2017 12:55 pm
arnab goswami, republic TV, mb rajesh, mb rajesh facebook, rajesh facebook post, arnab goswami video, arnab goswami debate, republic tv live, kerala news CPM MP MB Rajesh (left) and Arnab Goswami of Republic TV

MB Rajesh, the CPM Lok Sabha MP from Palakkad, Kerala hit out at journalist Arnab Goswami in an open letter after a boisterous news debate on the latter’s television channel Republic TV. In the letter, that has been posted and shared widely on Facebook, Rajesh called Goswami ‘the most unethical journalist I have ever seen’ and a ‘coward.’ He lambasted the journalist for his ‘uncivilized outbursts’ and criticised him for lacking integrity, confidence and credibility as a news anchor.

Rajesh had participated in a news debate on May 26, the topic of which, he wrote, was changed at the last minute when he came on-air. He was initially called for a discussion on the three years of the Narendra Modi government. However, on-air, he was asked to defend the remarks that were made by CPM state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan on the army.

“I could have boycotted the show at that moment but I chose to remain because in my absence you may repeatedly scream the lie that I ran away from the show. I wanted to avoid such a situation and tried to present my views on the fabricated story,” wrote Rajesh. He wrote that despite Goswami’s outbursts and interruptions, he tried to say that Balakrishnan’s remarks were not against the army but on the ‘atrocities committed in the name of AFSPA.’

“It was evident from your substandard and abusive remarks against the CPI(M) that your sense of history is poorer than that of a primary school child. Your teacher of history in school would have been much ashamed to see the shameless and naive expression of your ignorance on history,” the Left MP continued.

Rajesh then went on to state that he is the ‘proud son’ of a man who served in the army for a long time, even fighting in the 1971 war. He said he was born in a military hospital and that his childhood was spent in an army environment.

“As the ward of a veteran, I’ve also partaken in the sacrificial living of an army family, like several others. Now, tell me, apart from your highly hypocritic and extremely dramatic expressions in the name of army, only to raise ratings, what have you genuinely done for our army?” he wrote.

The Facebook post has generated so much interest that people have been asking for a Malayalam version as well. The post at last count was shared more than 6000 times.

Goswami, who was formerly the editor-in-chief of Times Now channel, launched Republic earlier in May and has generated controversy since then. The channel, backed by NDA Kerala vice-chairman Rajeev Chandrasekhar, has been slapped with a civil defamation suit by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for allegedly making defamatory remarks against him during coverage of the death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. Tharoor’s lawyer Salman Khurshid said the suit sought to restrain the channel and Goswami from making remarks until the police investigation into the death of Tharoor’s wife was complete.

Read Rajesh’s full post below.

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  1. F
    Jun 23, 2017 at 11:29 am
    1. K
      May 31, 2017 at 6:40 pm
      I happened to watch that "debate". Arnab was very arrogant and indecent. He seemed afraid of Rajesh's possible answers. He repeatedly posed questions to Rajesh but refused to take his answers. At the same time he took supportive comments from other "panelists" who were handpicked supporters planted by Arnab. I endorse Rajesh's view about Arnab: unethical and arrogant!
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        Siddharth Rajagopal
        May 31, 2017 at 3:16 pm
        You guys need to filter out obscene and communal comments by faceless bigots!
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          Jayasankar Prasad
          May 31, 2017 at 11:31 am
          Comrade Kodiyeri's remarks that doomsday would prevail at Kannur if AFSPA was introduced had a stark accusing finger on the Indian Army which of course was in a very bad taste in its tone and tenor.His subsequent broach to get around was rather beating about the bush.Arnab asks plain questions none in Indian Television journalism dared to venture hitherto. Though many don't subscribe to his style like shouting or yel ,it exactly is his forte in order to elicit responses at its extremity an open debate there can't be a rigid compartmentalization of a subject though occasional digressions have to be brought in to the platform as a moderator.The sheer provocation was natural and that emboldens the approach in its sharpest mode.Thus the long letter , on the antics of the journalist speaks volumes of the impact.Well as they say old habits die hard.
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            Rahmathulla Kariyadan
            May 31, 2017 at 4:44 am
            One sided shouting bout. Viewers are taken as fools. His only et as an anchor is the strength of his mouth.
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              Hinduism jai
              May 31, 2017 at 12:34 pm
              Muslim d0gs such as yourselves are irked because Arnab supports Hindus. FU u Muslim ar$eh0les
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                Ravi Jadeja
                Jun 1, 2017 at 8:36 am
                You seem to be the a ual mating of Pea and Peahen.
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              Dwipten Mukherjee
              May 31, 2017 at 1:22 am
              Arnab a purchased journalist.Few month before I had seen Arnab continiousely disterbing a politician,atlast that politician said to Arnab "I bound to say what u do under the table"surprisingly aftre that Arnab totally keep mum,and he speak in a low volume rest of the programme.
              1. A
                May 30, 2017 at 11:34 pm
                Arnab shd be thoroughly checked for his madness. Everyone understand this except him. He shouts unwarrantedly, he thinks he is genious which is 100 wrong. He doesnt hv ethics, he talks aimless. He is shameless.he shd be put behind bar for journalistic sins he has commited so far.
                1. M
                  May 30, 2017 at 9:40 pm
                  I am totally against Arnab's style of biased, arrogant and unethical journalism which need to be boycotted. But I have nothing better to talk about an MP from communist party either whose leader and CM is the dictator called Pinarayi Vinayan (a Modi in Mundu). If the communist MP is honest, how can he still be part of a party who will act worse than Modi, if given power at the Centre. Only difference is Modi is working for himself and certain communities and Pinarayi is working for himself and the Party. Rajesh has no right to complain.Whatever undemocratic things are possible at State level, Pinarayi is doing in Kerala. Most of the political murders by CPM is happening in Kannur where Pinarayi is next to God. People voted for CPM because of A nadan but Pinarayi managed to get the support of the party and unethically snatched the CM post from A nadan. He is misusing the police machinery and bureaucracy now to har the DGP as the DGP and so on and so forth; many many example
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