The ongoing JNU row has done the unthinkable: set up rival media channels against each other who are now openly spewing venom at each other.
Since the row started on February 9 when alleged anti-national slogans were raised at JNU campus, media houses seem to have taken strong stands over the government's handling of the incident. Nothing new with that, of course.
But, never before have India's top news anchors indulged in personal attacks on prime time television.
Arnab Goswami, editor-in-chief of Times Now, had been in the firing line from rival media houses over its coverage of JNU row. It began with NDTV anchor Ravish Kumar's remark in an interview to Newslaundry, "Who are these anchors to label anyone as anti-Indian?" - a clear reference to Goswami for his now (in)famous debate with Umar Khalid as a panelist.
Next came The Wire's editor Siddharth Varadarajan who accused Times Now of peddling forged ‘evidence’ against Kanhaiya Kumar. It hit a crescendo when Ravish Kumar, in his prime time show, played Goswami's voice from his recent debates to tell viewers this is not journalism.
All eyes were now on Times Now. And Arnab Goswami hit back on Monday evening, in a five-minute monologue before his debate show The Newshour. And how!