Sunday 15 March 2015

'The (BBC) women journalists asking the hard questions'

Here's some of the (impartial) wit and wisdom of the BBC's female presenters/reporters, as shared with the Observer

Emily Maitlis, Newsnight presenter:
Are there any topics you dread coming up in interviews? I have a slight shutters-down on personal finance and pensions.
What’s your reaction to voter apathy? I think it’s appalling and if I was in charge I’d actually make it illegal not to vote. I can’t bear people saying all politicians are the same and there’s no point. That’s just being a lazy git. 

Allegra Stratton, Newsnight political editor:
Which topics interest you personally? Wages haven’t gone up since the mid-2000s. I want to know how people are going to make a living and which skills they’ll need.

Kirsty Wark, Newsnight presenter:
Which topics interest you personally? It’s a big step to decide to leave Europe. My father would be horrified at the idea after what he fought for in the Second World War.
What’s the best way to phrase a question to a politician? You want a one-two – a question that requires a second clarification. I asked Mrs Thatcher: “Do you understand why people in Scotland find you so patronising?” If the answer is yes, then why the hell are you patronising them? If it’s no, then why don’t you understand them?
What is your reaction to voter apathy, Russell Brand-style? We should involve under-18s in debates. You can marry and have a baby at 16 but not vote. What responsibility does that foster? 

Tina Daheley, Radio 1 Newsbeat presenter:
Which topics interest you personally? Subjects that aren’t really covered elsewhere – things like revenge porn, self-harm, bullying, transgender issues, trust in the police.
Are there any topics you dread coming up? I don’t think there’s anything I dread, because as journalists the job is completely unpredictable and you deal with different things all the time. But explaining complicated issues to our audience, so taxation, for example, is challenging. Why do we have to pay tax when rich people get away with paying little or no tax and politicians and companies help them do that? 

I think it's fair to say that the biggest potential stooshie here, bias-wise, comes courtesy of Kirsty Wark's, "It’s a big step to decide to leave Europe. My father would be horrified at the idea after what he fought for in the Second World War." 

It's pretty safe to guess where she's coming from on the subject of the EU (not that we couldn't have guessed)...

...and her support for the lowering of the voting age to 16 (as proposed by Labour) makes her position on that issue pretty plain too.


  1. Kirsty Wark's statement is moronic. In a way, it almost stumbles into violating Godwin's Law. However, Tina Daheley's juvenile statement about rich people avoiding taxes and big business helping them do it is equally bizarre and equally biased, if perhaps not as immediately a major topic of the day. Her laundry list of university grievance studies topics is also a giveaway.

    And Allegra Stratton's remark about wages is a Labour talking point, not based on reality. Wages are up and rising.

    So all the Newsnight women are diehard Leftoids (Stage performer Maitlis showed her totalitarian tendencies and lamented that journalists don't get to set the political agenda), some more deluded than others, even with all their experience.

  2. "My father would be horrified at the idea after what he fought for in the Second World War." I think it was pretty clear that soldiers thought they were fighting to preserve the British Empire, the British way of life and traditional British freedoms.

    I can't imagine many had dreams of European Union (that was more the other side), although it's true Churchill did propose an Anglo-French Union (not in public though, I think).

    If they thought in terms of peace, it was supposed to be a world peace, based on the United Nations alliance.

    1. Think she is confusing BBC policy for her predecessors fight ,see he fought to save Europe from being forced into one state under one leadership and one flag oh and the destruction of all Jews !
      where as her employers deff want to bring that about !

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  3. Kirsty Walk seems to have answered with what she felt would go down well upstairs.

    Probably did. In the real world, even popping it on to Pop, it seems utterly idiotic on any basis.

    "For you, Tommy, ze commencement of mutually appreciated monetary union is but a few short years avay..."

    Not sure what it was meant to achieve, but they mostly come across as plastic PC harpies. Not that any male counterparts are much different I hasten to add.


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