Are Arnab Goswami Newshour debate topics biased?

Debates by Arnab Goswami on Times Now are quite famous, but off-late I started noticing that it is targeting certain Political parties. So I took the data from the Times Now Site and did some excel math on it. I am not a political expert, so there are chances of error in my analysis.

Only those debates are included which target a particular political party. Those involving multiple parties and topics not related to politics are excluded. These debates are from 12th January 2014 to 28th March-2014

Number of debates against each party

As seen from the chart above majority of the debates are around the shortcomings of Congress(126) party followed by Aam Aadmi Party(48). Only 2 debates are against the BJP.

News Hour Topics in terms of Percentage

Above chart shows that 72% debates are against congress, 27% against AAP and only 1% against BJP. This kind of distributions seems abnormal.

Here is the list of topics:-

Topic Against Focus on Pro/Against
Debate: Gandhis vulnerable? – 1They finished fourth in Uttar Pradesh in 2009 with just 10 seats – so this … Congress Rahul Gandhi Against
Debate: Caste card, last card – 1Unveiling an agenda of rights- based welfare schemes with reforms to pursue… Congress Congress Manifesto Against
Debate: An obvious poll push? – 1With Rahul Gandhi in the vanguard, Congress is expected to fall back upon l… Congress Manifesto Against
Debate: ‘Party first, individual later’ – 1Over the last two weeks, his party has been on a controversy spree – from t… Congress Chavan Inclusion Against
Debate: Sidestepping seniors? – 1Defying the party, Jaswant Singh on Monday (March 24) filed his nomination … BJP Jaswant Singh Exclusion Against
Debate: Ally hunt: NDA ahead? – 1With a rainbow alliance in Tamil Nadu and a hint of a tie-up with the Peopl… Congress BJP ahead of Congress in Poll Alliance Against
Debate: ‘Impotent’ to ‘nursery child’ – 1Union Minister Salman Khurshid has raked up a fresh controversy by question… Congress Salman Khurshid Comment Against
Debate: AAP threatens media – 1In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelis… AAP Aap Media Comments Against
Debate: ‘PM let me down’He has spoken out for the first time after coming out from jail. A Raja spe… Congress Raja comments against Congress Against
Debate: Salman Khurshid does it againIn strong comments about the Supreme Court and the Election Commission, Ext… Congress Salman Khurshid Comments Against
Debate: Taint no bar? – 1Former Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal was re-nominated by Congress fro… Congress Pawan Kumar inclusion Against
Debate: Loyalty over propriety? 1Faced with a dilemma over handing tickets to leaders facing allegations of … Congress Pawan Kumar inclusion Against
Debate: Aam Aadmi Party hits aam aadmi – 1AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday (March 12) kicked off his Lok Sabha… AAP Kejriwal Mumbai Visit Against
Debate: Rahul’s Hitler remark – 1Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday (March 11) launched a blistering attack on Narendra… Congress Rahul Gandhi Remark Against
Debate: Fighting polls or media? – 1A video showing AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal asking a TV news anchor to empha… AAP AAP Media Remark Against
Debate: Rahul’s Godse card – 1Accusing Rahul Gandhi and Congress of flouting the Model Code of Conduct, B… Congress Rahul comment on Godse Against
Debate: 2 disasters in 10 days – 1The Indian Navy suffered yet another mishap on Friday (March 7) with gas le… Congress Indian Navy Mishap Against
Debate: A stunt a day – 1Two days ago his supporters went berserk in the capital, indulging in an al… AAP AAP supporters vs BJP supporters Against
Debate: A revelation a day – 1TIMES NOW began the week by exposing a torrent of scams and promised to fol… Congress Scam, Rolls Royce Against
Debate: Gang war approach to politics – 1AAP workers on Wednesday (March 5) fought running battles with BJP activist… AAP AAPvsBJP workers Against
Debate: AAP sparks street fight – 1AAP workers on Wednesday (March 5) fought running battles with BJP activist… AAP AAPvsBJP workers Against
Debate: Commissions or kickbacks?More details are emerging in the jet engine kickbacks scam – which further … Congress Rolls Royce Against
Debate: Is UPA crushing merit? – 1Last Friday TIMES NOW exposed the medical scam that left United Progressive… Congress Medical Scam Against
Debate: Jet engines kickbacksThe Jet engine kickbacks scam is expose number 4 tonight.. Defence Minister… Congress Augusta Deal Against
Debate: AgustaWestland paybackTwo years ago when TIMES NOW, for the first time, exposed irregularities in… Congress Augusta Deal Against
Debate: Govt cheated India’s braveTIMES NOW exposes how three reminders were sent from the Western Command to… Congress Submarine Against
Debate: Lutyens scam – 1The biggest scam of UPA II – the Lutyens scam – a massive land scam, has th… Congress Lutyens Scam Against
Debate: You paid for this! – 1In December last year, TIMES NOW cameras followed them from the Airport in … Congress Bangaore MP foreign trip Against
Debate: Fighting with junk – 1Confirming worst fears, Indian Navy on Thursday (February 27) said two of i… Congress Submarine Mishap Against
Debate: The 120 minute u turn – 1Rejecting Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily’s proposal to give Sudhir Vasudeva … Congress UPA Appointment Scam Against
Debate: Apology for what? – 1Union Minister Salman Khurshid on Tuesday (February 25) described Narendra … Congress Salman Khurshid Comment Against
Debate: 12 accidents in 6 months – 1Indian Navy Chief Admiral D K Joshi on Wednesday (February 26) resigned tak… Congress Submarine mishap Against
Debate: Dutt twisting the law? – 1Days after Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan defended extension … Congress Sanjay dutt extension Against
Debate: Insecure of a free media? – 1Stoking a controversy, Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde threatened to… Congress Sushil Shinde comment on  Electronic media Against
Debate: Troll the free media – 1Against the backdrop of attack on media by Arvind Kejriwal and former Army … AAP Kejriwal Comment on Media Against
Debate: Scams on the backburner? – 1In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelis… Congress Possibility of giving ticket to tainted ministers Against
Debate: Was the Govt spooked in 2012? – 1In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelis… Congress Army and Congress relations Against
Debate: ‘Rally tax’ withdrawnAn embarrassed Central Excise Department on Tuesday (February 18) hastily w… Congress Rall Tax related Against
Debate: FM’s self certification valid? – 1Wooing the middle class ahead of elections, Finance Minister P Chidambaram … Congress P Chidambram Budget related Against
Debate: The 48 day bailout – 1Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday night (February 14)… AAP Arvind Kejriwal resignation Against
Debate: Brinkmanship over governance – 1Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned on Friday night (February 14)… AAP Arvind Kejriwal resignation Against
Debate: Anti Cong tsunami, total Modi wave – 1If elections were to be held now (February, 2014), it would be a complete w… Congress Anti-Congress Wave Against
Debate: Back AAP, get subsidy – 1In yet another populist measure, Arvind Kejriwal Government on Wednesday (F… AAP AAP subsidy policy Against
Debate: What was PMO doing?A controversy has broken out over the appointment of an Additional Director… Congress Appointment of Additional Director Anti
Debate: 22 departments, zero answers – 1Arvind Kejriwal is known as one of the chief crusaders of the Right to Info… AAP Arvind Kejriwal departments Anti
Debate: Time for full disclosure? – 1British Prime Minister David Cameron has asserted that there was “absolutel… Congress Britain role in Bluestar operation Against
Debate: 2002 via Communal Bill? – 1Opposition on Wednesday (February 5) scuttled introduction of the controver… Congress Introduction of Communal Bill Against
Debate: Britain’s Bluestar hand exposed – 1British military’s role in the 1984 Operation Bluestar to flush out militan… Congress Britain role in Bluestar operation Against
Debate: Cynics proven wrong? – 1Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday (February 4) demanded actio… AAP Nido Case Against
Debate: Who wanted big bunglows? – 1He has ardently professed austerity and proclaimed an anti-VIP culture stan… AAP Arvind Kejriwal Bungalow related Against
Debate: BPL definition war – 1In a debate moderated by TIMES NOW’s Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami, panelis… Congress BPL-Definition Against
Debate: Arvind backs ‘India’s Taliban’ – 1Khaps in Birbhum district of West Bengal recently ordered the gangrape of a… AAP Arvind backs Khaps Against
Debate: LPG wish granted – 1In a setback to a UPA project touted as a ‘game-changer’, government on Thu… Congress Raise of LPG quota to 12 Against
Debate: Protests, demand & a counter – 1More contradictions, more accusations and more trouble for the Congress par… Congress Rahul view on 1984 riots during interview with Arnab Against
Debate: Interview sparks off debate – 1Delhi Government on Wednesday (January 29) decided on a probe by a Special … Congress Rahul view on 1984 riots during interview with Arnab Against
Debate: Unconvincing on corruption – 1Over the last few months the all new Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi h… Congress Rahul view on Corruption during interview with Arnab Against
Debate: Cagey about Modi? – 1He may have come across as cagey, stopping short of aggressively taking on … Congress Rahul view on2002 riots during interview with Arnab Against
Debate: No apology for 1984 – 1He broke his silence after a decade and when it came to the issue of the 19… Congress Rahul view on 1984  riots during interview with Arnab Against
Debate: Rahul takes questions on a range of subjects – 1For the first time, Congress Vice President & Congress Poll Campaign Chief … Congress Rahul Interview with Arnab Against
Debate: ‘Votebanks not in your pockets’ – 1Narendra Modi on Thursday (January 23) hit out at Congress for ‘chai-wala’ … Congress Use of Vote bank of Poor people Against
Debate: Why U.P matters – 1Narendra Modi on Thursday (January 23) hit out at Congress for ‘chai-wala’ … Congress Congress chai-wala comment Against
Debate: Vocal Minister loses voice – 1Launching a defence of Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti in the case relate… AAP Somnath Bharti related Against
Debate: Climbdown by Kejriwal – 1Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s unprecedented dharna in the heart of… AAP Kejriwal dharna Against
Debate: AAP going too far? – 1In an unprecedented face-off with the Centre, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind K… AAP AAP Somnath related and face-off with Centre Against
Debate: Over enthusiasm or immaturity? – 1Delhi Law Minister Somnath Bharti was at the centre of another raging row w… AAP AAP Somnath related Against
Debate: Avoiding a face off? – 1Rahul Gandhi will not be Congress party’s nominee for Prime Ministership in… Congress Naming Rahul for PM Against
Debate: Brits guided Blue Star – 4Amid the raging row over claims that Margaret Thatcher’s government had aid… Congress Britain role in Bluestar operation Against
Debate: Brits guided Blue Star – 1Amid the raging row over claims that Margaret Thatcher’s government had aid… Congress Britain role in Bluestar operation Against
Debate: Who’ll expose whom? – 1In a scathing attack on Sushilkumar Shinde, former Home Secretary R K Singh… Congress RK Singh comment on Sushil Kumar Shinde Against
Debate: Rahul hints, Congress clamours – 1Ahead of the AICC meeting on Friday when he is expected to be named the Con… Congress Rahul reluctance to be named as PM candidate Against
Debate: Too early to dismiss AAP? – 1After his first ‘janta darbar’ ended in a total chaos, Chief Minister Arvin… AAP AAP janta Darbar Against
Debate: Junket uninterruptedWatch the Uttar Pradesh MLAs waving to the TIMES NOW cameras, smiling away … Congress Grilling of  Jayanthi by Arnab after “Jayanthi Tax” Against
Debate: The ‘Jayanthi tax’ row – 1Hitting back at Narendra Modi, former Union Minister Jayanthi Natarajan sai… Congress Grilling of  Jayanthi by Arnab after “Jayanthi Tax” Against


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19 thoughts on “Are Arnab Goswami Newshour debate topics biased?

  1. subramaniam Ts Reply

    Data reveals what I had always suspected. Thankx for this excellent analysis. It is very evident that Aurnab and timesnow debates are paid and one sided.
    I have stopped watching timesnow.

  2. avneet Reply

    From past one month I am continuously noticing the biased nature of his debates. He shamelessly speak in the favor of BJP, may be because he don’t want to upset the present govt fearing that they may reveal channel’s investment source.

    But I no longer enjoy his biased debates. He has become so pro-BJP and you will see a decline in TRP very soon if it continues.

    • VILAS Reply

      Absolutely shocking to view Times Now Tv channel under Mr. Arnab Goswami , a arrogant journalist self declared protector of the Indian people. His all programme of television discussions are looking like paid news and pro BJP. It is time for the PTI or any other true journalist to expose the investments sources for the Times Now channel.

      • Nitin Desai Reply

        He gets pounding from Pakistani panelist. Many panelist have stopped coming on timesnow.

    • from_gurgaon Reply

      This is some really cool analysis. But you might have to take into account the fact that the Congress was in power and would have to be more accountable than the BJP/AAP. Having said that, I also feel that Arnab as a debate moderator should not take sides in an ongoing debate (and allow us to hear all sides)

  3. biswajit Reply

    Now that you have taken the pain to list out all the topics discussed in the said period, can you tell us about the topics( intended against the BJB), that you would have wanted Arnab to debate. So in principle you mean there were topics which were more sensitive/serious, whatever you call it, than the above listed ones (chosen ones by the editor)?

    • Nitin Desai Reply

      Hi, there are many, He did not cover Muzaffarnagar riots. BJP MLA was involved. There are many more.

  4. Nitin Desai Reply

    What a Brilliant analysis. You should post it on some social networking sites.

  5. Chetan Reply

    This is rediculous …. u suggesting that Times nw has been doing vindictive agaisnt Congi…. They are corrupt maniacs and deserve this amt of thrashing they have failed in every aspect of governance….

    • aslam Post authorReply

      Nothing can justify 99% of debate discussions in favour of 1 party

  6. sidney sridhar Reply

    If you hear the structure of the debates, the slant to Arnab’s questions, the people he includes on the panel to push his agenda and the bias he shows when allowing BJP spokesmen to complete but badgers Congress, there is little doubt as to which side Times now is on

  7. Shubham Shandilya Reply

    I believe Arnab is a kind of person who wants noise over news! He neither supported anyone nor blamed anyone. He just shouts at every point with his invitees.
    I have seen some one blowing up with statistics on this question!
    Certainly you have wasted time doing so, because if everyone goes calculating how much Arnab shouted on them, everyone gets 100%. Dear AAP followers, dont waste time on whether Arnab supports BJP or not. Think how to proove yourselves to the people of Delhi! You guys have much bigger targets then these statistics!

  8. siddhartha Reply

    dear frnd give some time to other channels for ur analysis like NDTV, aajtk.etc etc..and you certainly found the striking facts that these channells are more biased then times now… may be leaning towards congress party… so your analysis is appreciated but at the same time u r also showing partiallity by not compring other new channels with times now over their partiallity…so comparison with other channels gives us broader picture my dear frnd… so i disagree with u…

  9. Arv Reply

    Arnab is a great facilitator and nationalist . No one can doubt his integrity .. What he says what he feels ..Pakistanis are afraid to come to his show and one of the paki minister even stopped Arnab for asking tough questions ….that Stopped Arnab taking the shoot .You highlight a single episode where he was not natiolistic can you ????

  10. Yogesh Reply

    Times Now is giving little space to Kanhaiya Kumar who has emerged as an icon for the downtrodden, the underprivilaged students & the silent majority who seldom speak. A leader is being born & it is completely ignoring. It focusses more in Ishrat Jahan to please his ruling party bosses.
    It was evident where his loyalty lie when Modi was invited as Chief Guest in a Times Now function.

    • sidney sridhar Reply

      In the name of journalism, Times Now and Arnab Goswami sell half truth and hype and claim that people are lapping it up. In any other country, Times now would be banned for unethical conduct

  11. R.Selvaganesan Reply

    Dear Mohd Aslam,
    I sincerely appreciate your effort to expose the biased nature of a news channel.
    Mr. Arnab is doing great injustice to journalism by being biased. One has to be unquestionably honest in dealing with any social and political happenings in countries like India before airing it through news media. Keep it up. Try to make this study so open that he reacts to this at once and tender apology to the nation

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