Thursday 19 December 2019

For their own dignity if nothing else

Philosopher and author Dr Ben Irvine was taken aback last night:
Did you hear, just now, how the BBC news reporter read out the tweet Donald Trump sent about his impeachment? The reporter read it in a deliberately mocking voice - as though impersonating a petulant child. This is just unbelievable, unacceptable, from an "impartial" broadcaster. 
That was one of the most bizarre things I've ever seen from the BBC. I don't even think a broadcaster in a fully communist country would ever be that brazen in its sheer spitefulness; they'd at least attempt to present a mask of objectivity, for their own dignity if nothing else.
Ben Irvine sent that tweet out at 10.49 pm and, checking TV Eyes to find out which reporter he was talking about (though I could easily guess), there at 10.46 pm on BBC One was the BBC's North American editor Jon Sopel (Bingo!) reading out a Trump tweet. And,  to add to the mockery, he prefaced it by saying , "...his Twitter thumbs have been busy".  

Ben must be new to Jon Sopel's reporting.

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