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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    amit
    Sep 8, 2017 at 4:27 pm
    YOU ARE THINKING THAT BY OPEN LETTER YOU WILL OUTSMART A JOURNALIST....YOU ARE A FOOL LEADER TO MAKE THE PUBLIC FOOL BUT YOUR DAYS ARE NUMBERED PEOPLE WILL KNOW YOUR TRUE COLOUR VERY SOON.AFRAID FROM YOUR GOD.
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      fdghbjkm
      Jun 23, 2017 at 11:29 am
      bcz he is not biased news paper like "THE HINDU(ALMOST ANTI -HINDU),THE INDIAN EXPRESS(ANTI-IE OR ISLAMIC EXPRESS),HUNDUTAN TIME (CONGRESS TIMES),DECCAN CHRONICLER(WESTERN OR COMMUNIST PAPER),NDTV etc. so truth always burns like 1000degree celsious/
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        K.Thomas
        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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        1. 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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