With all the turmoil at the moment you would think there was enough news around without need to set about creating any more; and yet this is precisely what we are being served up.
Take the coverage of the Labour Party conference; we all know that the young one with the strange eyes fancies a pop at Gordon, and would have a go if he thought he could win – but this fact has completely overtaken anything else they have been talking about; if you believe much of the coverage.
What’s worse is the intrigue and shenanigans conjured out of thin air by the technique of ‘no win questions’ – the ‘when did you stop beating your wife’ variety.
They get some bloke on and ask him to deny something that was never even mentioned…
‘So David Millipede – why didn’t use your speech to deny that you think Gordon is a big fat git’
‘What?, I never said any such thing’
‘So you do think he is a big fat git then’
this is followed by a piece to camera pointing out the ambiguity, blah blah blah… the pundit always gets the final word.
The reason this is a problem, is that it warps reality and we have the pundit shaping news – not reporting it. In turn, this leads to ever more defensive politicians, who talk with forked tongue in an attempt to get their true message across and avoid reinterpretation or twisting at some later stage. I can’t remember which came first: Paxo interviewers or spinning politicians – but it’s time to call a halt, it is becoming very boring and it diverts attention from the truth.
Ever wondered why retired politicians are so wonderfully candid? They may be off message, but refreshing in their honesty and directness – and we like it…
Off to hell in a handcart – What we call the news
In other news; George Michael has got Autumn Watch off to a flying start. There must be hundreds of paparazzi hanging about on the edges of Hampstead Heath hoping for a sighting of some celebrity coming down from the trees to their winter quarters…