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December 14th, 2010


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10:28 am - Jody McIntyre interview
Quick drive-by posting. I have complained to the BBC (complaints form here) about the conduct of this interview with the disabled protester who was pulled out of his wheelchair and dragged along the road by a policeman.

I think the interviewer, Ben Brown, takes an inappropriately defensive stance: 'Were you wheeling towards the police in a threatening manner?' He should be neutral. The interviewee, Jody McIntyre, is exemplary I think. Watch and learn from a master. He doesn't lose his temper, and he doesn't back down one inch. He makes Brown look like a blustering fool.

ETA China Mieville blogs on the same topic today.
‘Rolling towards the police’ might become a media meme, this year’s Comical Ali


ETA The BBC Responds, in a patronising way, to the complaints, in a post which itself receives hundreds of further complaints.

ETA (I am using this post to collect links I like on this subject) John Walker criticises the BBC reporting of the recent student protests. Very funny piece.

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From:gfk88
Date:December 14th, 2010 10:42 am (UTC)
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Can't see the interview as my work computer blocks it. But surely it's no surprise that a BBC interviewer was being pointlessly aggressive ? You only have to listen to Radio 4 for 5 minutes in the morning to get an example of that. I suppose that's one way to be even-handed - just sneer at everyone.
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2010 11:09 am (UTC)
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I like the BBC a lot, but that's partly why I want to hold them to higher standards than this. I think it's one thing to be aggressive towards a professional politician, and I mean any party, because to some extent they signed up for it, but it's another to be aggressive towards a person whose only claim to fame is that they were filmed being assaulted.
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From:andrewducker
Date:December 14th, 2010 11:34 am (UTC)
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I agree. If the police were asserting that he _had_ been aggressive then a reasonable question would be "What do you say to assertions that you were wheeling towards the police in an aggressive manner." - but the question asked is pretty much taking sides for no good reason.
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2010 11:41 am (UTC)
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There are some comments on youtube which say that by asking this question he enabled the protester to make his case. I think this is a good try at defending the interviewer, but I don't think it holds up when you actualy see the way it was done. I think some of the more experienced disabled activists have impressive media skills, and could be important players in the protest movement.
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From:communicator
Date:December 14th, 2010 12:24 pm (UTC)
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Incidentally it seems the quality of YouTube comments has improved a great deal lately. Or perhaps I am just reading more selectively.
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From:andrewducker
Date:December 14th, 2010 01:43 pm (UTC)
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I very rarely look at them - but it's entirely possible that their moderation system is working better than it used to.

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