The selfless #SudhaBharadwaj has spent 3 years in jail after #ArnabGoswami’s nauseating witchhunt. Now, Bombay Police are returning the favour by outing tens of pages of WhatsApp conversations in the #BARCGhotala which reveal how the media is a key player in ‘The Grand Project’.
The superhit Friday release. #BARCGhotala
When #ArnabGoswami was first implicated in #TRPGhotala, India’s brain-dead TV gasbags were all triumphantly jumping around in glee, running the news for days. Has the appearance of the initials “AS”—and the names “Doval”, “Smriti” and “Javdekar”—taken the wind out of the blimps?
Two minutes of silence: “WhatsApp messages and calls are end-to-end encrypted. No one outside of this chat, not even WhatsApp, can read or listen to them.” #TRPScam #ArnabGoswami
In ‘The Net Paper’ today || #SuperhitGhotala All the juice on #ArnabGoswami’s 80MB of WhatsApp chats in 12 tweets, 7 screenshots and 2 videos || @Pun_Starr @zoo_bear @YadavShamita…
“All ministers are with us”: The @indianexpress and @the_hindu are among the few newspapers which do not cringe from reporting #ArnabGoswami’s purported WhatsApp chats, with mentions of @PMOIndia and the mysterious “AS”. #SuperhitGhotala
What we know of #SuperhitGhotala (so far) in 45 seconds. #ArnabGoswami
“Mr Righteous Indignation: The enfant terrible of television”: ‘The Telegraph’, Calcutta, where #ArnabGoswami cut his journalistic teeth, leads with #SuperhitGhotala, as the WhatsApp chats reveal a wag-the-dog style national security breach. @ttindia
In 2008, ‘dvesh bhakts’ pounced on TV reporters for endangering lives by revealing “operational details” of the 26/11 siege. In 2021, Pakistan media is mocking the @narendramodi govt for briefing #ArnabGoswami of air strikes even before they happened. @dawn_com #SuperhitGhotala

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