Monday, 9 September 2013

Quote of the day...on the nature of modern political reporting


Chris Dillow stumbles onto a precise description of modern political reporting:

A lot of political reporting consists either of trivial Kremlinology - a description of a soap opera in which most "characters" are interchangeable one-dimensional cyphers - or of an unquestioning imposition of an ideology which fetishizes "strong leadership." 

Combine this with news shows - Question Time, Newsnight, The Politics Show - that are essentially entertainment rather than information and you have the essence of why we are all so ignorant of politics and so dismissive of its practitioners.

I cannot recall the last time I learnt anything (other than a reaffirmation of modern interveiwers' incorrigible rudeness) from these programmes. And they almost never contain any actual "news".


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