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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

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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.

NewsHour-topics-Percentage

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