Politicians are in the firing line in the UK. The general election campaign is underway so some are just weeks away from being fired. (Except for those sneaky quitters who are retiring, thus denying us voters the chance of kicking them out. Drat them.)
Respect for politicians is so low that other disdained groups might think they’re in the clear. Not so.
Here’s a ferocious clip in which the biter gets bitten…
This is what happens when journalists are no longer be able to hide behind the shield of impartial arbiter, gadfly or objective observer. When they become the story. (And you know what Alastair Campbell said about when that happens…)
This excerpt from Irish television shows an audience member getting tore into the TV host Pat Kenny about the size of his tax payer funded pay packet and the general hypocrisy of a well-heeled media class that points the finger at politicians.
So watch out the rest of you, the tables could be turned at any moment. Or would other presenters be able to handle the situation better? What do you think?
It did appear that Pat Kenny was just left to get on with it by his production team and the show format. Well, that’s what he gets paid the very big bucks for. And, to be fair, you could argue that giving the audience member such free rein to rant on was public access broadcasting at its best. Taking the hit. Not trying to hide. (Speaking of taking the hit – lucky John Prescott wasn’t there.)
Good TV too. Though as rants go, it did go on quite a while. More succinct heckling next time please.