Anyone not yet convinced that the mainstream media is a puppet show with a soundbite agenda: look no further.
Although it’s a few days old now I couldn’t help but smile at the Ed Headroom ‘interview’ conducted by Damon Green. Assuming the YouTube video hasn’t been pulled by the powers that be [EDIT: it has, predictably], it is indicative of what I’ve suspected all along: that the media are merely pawns in a giant political game of “broadcast what we tell you”.
The Guardian carries the full story behind Ed Miliband’s attack of Alzheimer’s and references Damon Green’s blog post. Any time PR people start telling professional cameramen about framing and depth of field, we’re in trouble.
EDIT: Since the video has been pulled from YouTube, the BBC carry the unedited interview but I shall précis the “conversation” here for text parsers. Damon asked six, varied questions about the public sector strikes and every time, without fail, the leader of the opposition repeated the same answer, virtually word for word with only minor deviation from the scripted response:
the strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still underway. The government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner, but it is time for both sides to set aside the rhetoric and get around the negotiating table to stop this from happening again.
This is just one incident of someone being caught repeating the same thing over and over, safe in the knowledge there’s only time for one soundbite on TV during the “News”. Suffice to say they all do it: Cameron, Brown, Blair, Major, Thatcher, Bush, Obama and the US Administration’s Zionist cronies… all of them and their PR people know there’s a scant 15 seconds of airtime to get the message across, regardless of the question.
Sadly, the fact I’ve mentioned this and singled out Miliband will attract the “you’re a massive Tory wanker” crowd. If only I had faith in any of the people in power I might take offence. But to temper the naysayers, here’s George Osborne with a similar attack of Alzheimers.