Sunday 19 February 2017

Reporting With Changing Parts

I suppose we all fall into habits and repeat ourselves. (I certainly do - as regular readers of this blog will be well aware). But the BBC's Laura Bicker has taken the art of 'repeating oneself' to a new high in recent days. 

I must have heard about seven or eight different reports from her and her coverage of the Trump rally in particular has, on the whole, been far less sarky than what you'd expect from the rest of her BBC colleagues, but Laura has found a particular formulation to fit into her many pieces over the last few days, and she's stuck with it (with slight variations), like Philip Glass with a chord progression. So much so that I've started laughing every time I hear it.

And it was there again on tonight's BBC One evening news bulletin - and, to my great amusement, it came in two versions:

  • But he doesn't need to win friends here in Florida, he needs some on Capitol Hill, if he is to get his agenda through Congress. 
  • This rally was hugely popular with his voting base, but it won't win over his critics.
Perhaps you will start noticing it too from now on. A fixation shared is a fixation halved. 


  1. Obama was in constant campaign mode for at least six of his eight years on the throne. But to Beeboids, that was what he did best and was necessary to keep the public enthusiastic. It was a rare, unguarded moment when someone like Mardell admitted he wasn't good at the necessary schmoozing with Congress, and even then it was from the perspective that he was above it, too good for them.

  2. I think it was Laura B (the "other Laura" we might call her) who said on the BBC 10 PM news tonight something to the effect that Trump enjoyed addressing the adoring crowds but was finding life in the Oval Office difficult. Pure Fake News as he might say. Mere assertion. Is there any evidence that he is finding it difficult? He asserts he's enjoying being President, so the information hasn't come from him. So where did this scoop come from - that he is finding things difficult? Or is it just a reflection of the general BBC groupthink that he bloody well ought to be finding it difficult.

  3. Clear Trumpophobic bias:

    Look at the headline: Trump only "tries" to explain his remarks like some old lag back in the dock. Compare and contrast with the soft treatment the BBC afforded Obama's many gaffes (including my favourite - his reference to "my Muslim faith"):,28804,1887005_1887004_1887007,00.html

    Any why does the BBC only refer to left-liberal social media in reference to this story. There are lots of right-anti-PC comment on social media about how this brilliantly focuses attention on Sweden and its migration-related crime problems.

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