Wednesday, June 13, 2012

When Horizontal became a new Vertical for Times Now......

Kangaroo Court is a term we have heard many a times before, lately it is being used with greater frequency. Doubt if we have ever seen one function anywhere other than our Television sets. Outstanding performer of this is Justice Doornob Gussami of TimesNow @TheNewshour Monday through Friday 9PM.  Let's move on and see for ourselves what this is all about.
 About two years back one evening before getting up from the computer I tweeted “All Rise Court of Arnab Goswami is in session now.” Little realizing, this would become a standard callsign and lead us to this article. 

Many friends by now were claiming that Timesnow was not being honest in broadcasting news and I would tell them “no he is trying to balance the debate and the show.” Resisted this till, I could put forth no more convincing arguments. Finally had to agree with them and give up watching Timesnow, after I was convinced that it no longer presented the news in an unbiased manner. Watching news used to be a serious but sober and sedate affair, today what is presented as debate to us makes even the fish market seem like a morgue.  

Yes I have returned to listening to Timesnow, this is with an intention of challenging and exposing this channel and Mr. Arnab Goswami for their hypocrisy and falsehood of being unbiased.

This is not a baseless claim, nor a fashion statement of media bashing. I am going to place before all of you videos from Timesnow on various issues and will leave it to you to judge for yourself, if what is stated by me is indeed correct? Surely many of you must have heard, “Nation wants to know?”,  “Nation is asking.”, “Don’t politicize the issue.”, “India First.”, “Your Channel”, "Exclusive and Timesnow is the 1st Channel to access this.” These clich├ęs have left many wondering what exactly do they mean and what should a political party do? Further how should we as viewers react when we are convinced its deceit of the highest order being practiced by the anchor and channel?

Arnab at every opportunity has tried to use 6years of NDA government as a detergent for washing the sins of Congress. If it was 2G then it was B.S. Yeddurappa, if it was CWG then also it was Yeddurappa, if it was Adarsh then also the same antidote. There are endless examples which can be placed before the readers of this article to help them reach their decision.

Please do watch these videos with care CWG is all about Kalmadi, Kalmadi & Kalmadi. He was only one part of the story and not the complete story.


CWG also reported colossal corruption in building and upgrading stadia which were under various other individual. Shunglu report, Lokayukt report and CAG indicted Chief Minister of Delhi. Do watch how Times now handled this.



Now please watch how Timesnow treats a lokayukt report on mining involving B.S Yeddurappa

           2G scam.                 
 Goa mining scam.
Other means employed are not permitting BJP spokesperson to complete their point. Speak along while BJP spokespersons are making their statement. Start all so called debate by questioning BJP as if it was the party whose government was in office. Demanding BJP to support Congress government as a national duty, but not question the Congress government for their failings. Arnab Goswami has even tried to reinvent civic by declaring opposition parties to be second class citizens of India. Mandate to govern is with the party in majority in Lok Sabha, mandate of the party in opposition is to ensure that Government is alert and awake or the rug be pulled from under its feet. Arnab Goswami believes this is unfair as opposition is slave to the party in majority. This channel and its horde of breathless reporters will relentlessly pursue the top rung personnel of all political parties except Congress; one can actually hear their knees knock when name of Sonia Gandhi is mentioned. Has this person or the channel ever conducted a free wheeling interview with this individual who is president of Congress for over a decade and a half? The answer is NO. 

Here is further evidence of what has been stated in this article.

Home Minister has his petition in election case dismissed by the High Court 29 charges in all have been leveled against the Home Minister 2 were dismissed 27 upheld. Timesnow only focus is on the 2 dismissed and not 27 that were upheld. Also questions BJP on their track record. Was it needed?

The day long breathless reporting, incessant repeats, breaking news culminate into a grand finale at 9PM Monday thru Friday with The Newshour which is less of a news bulletin more of an inquisition by the anchor, who speaks along with the spokesperson of BJP should the line of response not match with the anchor’s need. Constant interruptions, counter questions rather than moderating the show is par for the course,at the end of it all we are left wonder what was the purpose and what was achieved by watching this “The News Hour”
We all remember the noise and hype that was created by Times Now when this murder was reported. With out waiting for investigations serious charges were leveled against state government. Watch the videos.



An alleged member of the sand mafia crushed a police constable to death under a dumper loaded with sand at a “nakka” near the Palla police post in the wee hours today. This happened in Haryana on 11th June { Link } - Cop crushed under sand Mafia dumper in faridabad Did we hear any noise from Timesnow on this?

The screen shots speak for themselves.

Before I conclude this post please do watch these videos of the so called debate on Thenewshour to all the aspiring and existing newscaster, if you are convinced that this is how news should be broadcast and is in the best interest of the consumer then do emulate the channel and the man. Let me assure you just as we can predict the topic and line of thinking for the two of them. Same fate awaits those of you who do follow in his foot step.

This is not all that this channel does it also puts out distorted news. 

The National Investigating Agency (NIA) brought up the remark in apex court and Supreme Court judges called the statement 'unnecessary'.The apex court said such remarks should not be made as they are derogatory.

Hope you enjoyed reading and watching this

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  1.  Dear Meena,

    Thank you.

    Hope it does lead to some changes in the channel.


  2.  Dear Rati,

    Thank you.

    Hope people read & view the videos to realize what we are told is not facts. News is one sided as presented.


  3. The only reason I prefer TimesNow t some other english Channels is because of thier pro India stand on most issues e.g. Siachin. owever when it comes to political debates I completely agree with you that Newshour looks like an attempt to blame BJP for all ills, absolve the ruling party of all responsibility and push partisan agenda. Cross questioning,interruption all used to good effect  Wish BJP would stop participating

  4. superb write up. as one step forward, may I suggest that this be emailed to thousands of people in our collective network.

    Pl send  6 -10 lines and then add read more with link of the article to me and like minded friends. 

    Thus we can send it to our groups/contacts. I for one can send it to about 2500 people initially.

    Blogs are not read by many, but a direct mail with a catchy sub line will do the trick. I hope you have analytics to show, how many people visit the  blog.

    All the best.

    Paritosh Vyas

  5.  Dear Chetan,

    Thank you for posting your views.

    The purpose is not influence anyone against this channel, all that is needed is unbiased reporting. Debates need to be moderated and they should not be one sided as they are right now.

    People are intelligent to make their on assessment of the situation and events.

    I hope you will read other articles also post here.

    Anil Kohli

  6.  Dear Paritosh,

    Thank you for your kind words. I do not e-mail links to my blog to anyone at all. Maximum that I do is post the link on Twitter and Facebook.

    I do agree not many read blogs. However I am fortunate that my blog is also being used by certain individuals who teach media management students.

    I will experiment this time with e-mailing links. Would really appreciate your forward link of this blog to all you contacts.

    Yes I do have the analytics to show how many have visited the blog already the count stands 130 so far. This is rather high for weekday and low period on net also with the excitement of Prez names being announced.

    Thank you for your suggestions.

    Anil Kohli

  7. Applauding collection Sir...  Analytics is when you consolidate and mine it! Message it out. Appreciate the time you had spent on clipping it all together.
    Its a call for @TimesNow  to stop their Mujra.

  8.  Dear Deepanshu,

    Thank you for your kind words.

    Purpose of putting all this together is to allow the message to hit home with the readers of this blog, what is done with them on a daily basis is forgotten and they return to watch the same.

    I am hoping after going through this article they will realize that they cant be taken for a ride every evening by this channel.

    Hope it awakens a few, who might end up protesting this.

    Anil Kohli

  9. Excellent disposition of  media crime so to speak, intelligently chronicled to reflect the cascading deterioration of qualitative and quantitative news making by visual media channels.  Sir, hats off to you for the effort.

    Yes, it is a fact that we in India have no qualitative news making rounds that is as it is but as it is what the media houses make it to be. Distortion of words never uttered, selective display of clippings relentlessly, predisposed scripts discharged to the viewers continuously, debates tailor made to suit their TRP rankings so on and so froth...their crimes are endless.

    All channels have gone beyond comprehension of a lame citizen.  They have also become partisan politicians airing the views of their paymasters as deem fit.  Under the circumstance, we, the social media like Twitter and Facebook stands tall, correct, and overwhelmingly popular with the general public than any of these channels.  There is considerably reduction in viewership percentage ever since the advent of social media.

    Unless there is a legislation that will determine a laxman rekha for the MSM, they will only, in the name of freedom of press, expound manufactured news which are mostly canards than gossip!

    I can only thank you, Sir, for this wonderful blog which of course needs to be circulated amongst the social media groups imperatively.  Please do so without fail.

  10.  Dear Prashanth,

    As always a pleasure to read your comments.

    This is yet another attempt to bring to the notice of people how these channels are conducting themselves and why we need to be very careful in accepting what is being put out by.

    Hope this article gets wide circulation.