Tuesday, April 20, 2010

On TV is where we learn about who we really are

I often wonder whether the children employed as TV news reporters are extremely naive or just not very bright. Tonight's 3News offered a rare insight into which of those it is.

3News cute girly... er, reporter, Rebecca Wright covers Phil Goff supposedly heaping praise on the PM in an intervew Wright found "strange" and "spectacularly off-message." What praise was Phil offering? Key is

"a very good politician"

"very slick"

"very good at photo opportunities"

"says what the public wants to hear"

To Wright, this is apparently not sticking the knife in and twisting it, it's "talking up the Prime Minister." At this point the phrase "The stupid! The stupid! It burns!" was passing through my mind, but on reflection it all makes perfect sense.

To the juvenile airheads reporting for TV news, Goff's statements genuinely were expressions of praise. It's not that they're stupid, it's just that for them, creating good photo opportunities and saying what the public wants to hear are the acme of excellence in politics - there is nothing more.

All of which is good reason not to get your political news from the TV...


Lou Taylor said...

A very astute post there Milt. well done

Barnsley Bill said...

I have not watched 1 or 3 news since sky launched the comedy channel. Isn't competition a bitch?

sagenz said...

"The stupid! The stupid! It burns!"

Psycho Milt said...

Thanks all. Sagenz: definitely can't take the credit for that one, but also can't remember where I saw it.

Budgieboy said...

"All of which is good reason not to get your political news from the TV... "

Never a truer word typed! God it is SO true!

I don't normally agree with Milt on too much (though I do like/rate him in a funny sorta way)so it's nice respond positively.

I won't even ruin it by mentioning Fox News as alternative.

StephenR said...

Goff really has much much better things to do than play to the Labour partisan base - oh well.

ZenTiger said...

Yes indeed, TV is very useful for connecting DVD players to.

I rely on the blogs for a far more in depth news analysis. (Balanced, not necessarily - in more depth than TV, yes)

Graeme Edgeler said...

I was thinking the same thing - are journalists that stupid? It seems so. And they've even bought it over at The Standard ... why was Goff praising Key on the day when the coalition imploded, etc.

Psycho Milt said...

Graeme: that Standard thread is seriously depressing. We've learned who we are from TV, and who we are is generally someone not very bright.