Veteran journalist Rajdeep Sardesai did what most journalists would hesitate to do. In his recent interview with former President Pranab Mukherjee, the journalist is seen being “scolded” by Mukherjee, but Sardesai decided against editing the part out.
However, Mukherjee is also seen apologising for being “rude” at the end of the interview.
When Sardesai interrupted the former President, while he was answering a question, an irked Mukherjee curtly told him:
Let me complete. Don’t have this habit. I am sorry to remind you that you are interfering with the former President. Please have the necessary courtesy. Don’t interrupt.
Mukerjee told Sardesai that he was not “eager” to appear on screen and that he was invited by the TV channel for the interview.
Former President Pranab Mukerjee I am not eager to appear on the screen. You have invited me. Firstly, you cannot raise your voice when I am answering your question.The Former President Apologises At the End
At the end of the interview the former President is seen apologising for being a “little rude” to which Sardesai responded saying that he would take it as a “positive statement”.
Rajdeep Responds to Twitter Backlash
Sardesai took to Twitter, responding to some trolls, saying that it was his “job to ask questions” and that he “believed that all must be aired.”
My job to ask questions, Pranab da job to respond. Most other journalists would have edited this: I believe all must be aired!? https://t.co/QWvyB0CCYn— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) October 14, 2017
While both Mukerjee and Sardesai might have put the incident behind them, Twitter refused to.
People took to the social media platform and shared the video, with many stating that Sardesai must learn his “manners”. So much so that #PranabSlapsRajdeep was trending on Twitter on 14 October.
Journalists are cockroaches my friend. VVIPs are butterflies who teach us manners when we question them. I respect their greater intellect. https://t.co/7jF4mABoTz— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) October 14, 2017
The journalist, however, tried putting a stop to the trolls by saying that the matter was closed and that they should “move to the next interview”.
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