Tuesday, April 08, 2008

I bet her name was Joo-Dee

Jon Downes comments on the media with It was easy, it was cheap, go and do it...
Two minutes later he phoned back. "Everybody wants to be on television" he insisted in an increasingly hysterical voice. "Don't be so bloody stupid" I said, and turned my telephone off.

Two hours later, the crew who had driven like madmen from Manchester turned up completely uninvited, and once again insisted on viewing our health and safety procedures. Half an hour later an enormous truck festooned with satellite dishes turned up, and then a sports car containing a blonde bimbette who was planning to make amusing comments about our activities for the studio audience.

"But I don't want to do an interview" I said. "Before we start, can I see your health and safety procedures", she said. "I am not interested in appearing on your programme" I said. "But everyone wants to be on television", she said with what she fondly imagined was a winning smile. I will draw a discreet veil over what happened next. But like Rottweilers on an inner-city housing estate, they got most of what they wanted. With the worst possible grace I gave them an interview.
I'm sure many who read this blog with how the MSM handles the topic of firearms, but as I've said before: It isn't just guns. Journalists, especially television journalists, are becoming increasingly stupid and useless.

Downes is the director of The Centre for Fortean Zoology, a webcaster and film-maker.

I might explain the title later, if I feel like it.

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