Am sure those in news media, public relations and communication have been following the sensational resignation of Times Now and ET Now editor, Arnab Goswami. At the outset, this is not a commentary on Arnab’s ‘Newshour’ and ‘Frankly Speaking’. I have been following the story and here are my two cents.
For those uninitiated, The Newsroom is a TV Series, described as a political drama by Wikipedia and it aired on HBO. The most watched scene from the series’s first episode, is a passionate lament of William McAvoy at a university panel to the question, “What makes America the greatest country in the world?” (watch here)
I can’t help but think that Arnab is going through some sort of a moment of his own. The kind that led Jerry MacGuire to write his memo. We all know he had us at “Hello” before screaming “Show me the money!” (no jab, love the movie)
There are a few things which are apparent from his speech in Goa – 1) He fought the left liberal media bias (NDTV?) 2) He doesn’t like the fact that news media reporting centers around Delhi 3) Sees no issue with editorializing media reporting in an opinion show that stands for what he believes.
Here’s what I have been thinking about. How does the establishment divide masses on a newly formed fundamental that allows us to express, justifiably? In my opinion, it is liberal and conservative, going forward. Clearly, our friends have been watching the US elections 2016, keenly.
Is Arnab going to be the next Bill O’Reily or Keith Olbermann of Indian news media?
We don’t know. I guess, Indian news media wants to know??