Bloggers, Brillo and the Beeb

From some years back:

Hmmm, I notice Guido didn’t do a post on James Delingpole’s car crash interview, maybe because of his own car crash many years ago.

And here’s another of us fearless political bloggers getting it in the neck from Brillo:

What none of them seemed to understand is that the TV stations have teams of researchers who feed the interviewer, flagship programme, even DK said that at the end of that link. The blogger interviewed is from another medium.

At home here, we have our notes in folders but not in a TV studio. Were you to ask an awkward question here now, I have the answers somewhere perhaps, plus I’m not bad at finding out – I’m far more a researcher than a speaker and if I can’t find it, I’ll put out an SOS to Chuckles, DR or similar.

Plus readers of the blog in general.

There is also time, a space in which to find the answers.  With Delingpole, already with a big ego, they had him on his own on a sofa/divan, in the middle, under lights, not a position which makes a man appear at his best.

Another thing is that the BBC and others are not there to make anyone alt-right, libertarian or anti-establishment look good, they’re there to isolate and nail him.  I can see JD, the busy man, not doing his homework, thinking he can just breeze in and wing it as he does in print.  he thought it was going to be just a cosy chat.

Nope, a blogger can’t do that – different other medium, that. I don’t want to be a smarty-pants but I’ve been following Brillo on Twitter and have noted his not altogether friendly attitude towards No Deal, towards just leaving – he is, after all, BBC, despite his siding with us on many issues of late.

Homework, James Delingpole, homework – a cautionary tale for bloggers, methinks.

11 comments for “Bloggers, Brillo and the Beeb

  1. Andy5759
    January 25, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    Also for us readers of blogs. Simply repeating blog statements without the links doesn’t cut it. I often have crib notes when I’m down the pub because there’s always some smart arse aiming to take me down a peg.

    • January 25, 2019 at 10:53 pm

      We need to carry around a mainframe computer each.

  2. Valentine Gray
    January 26, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Only this morning the BBC World Service had a commentator on who told blatant lies about Roger Stone, unfortunately the BBC had to know he was an outright liar and seen as such, usually they stick to the more dangerous practice of presenting partial truth as the whole truth. The left wing BBC turned deception into a art form.

    • January 26, 2019 at 10:48 am

      I’m addressing the whole Donald [11 a.m.] and Stone thing [4 p.m.] at my place today. I’ll stay off Stone here in case Churchmouse has one of his long pieces on it.

  3. Lord T
    January 26, 2019 at 11:23 am

    The two difference is the level of preparation for the actual interview itself and the agenda.

    We go in winging it thinking that they will stick to the subject matter but their team of researchers that have been working on this for weeks always find out something that catches you unawares. Something that then makes you look crazy and or unbelievable to the bunch of ignorant people that actually believe everything the MSM says.
    People like us see it as misdirection and or an ad hominine attack but we are not the targeted audience. The sheep are.

    For us the agenda is to make a few points and show how corrupt and stupid the government is. Their lack of accountability and their evil intent. Theirs is to show us as a bunch of swivel eyed loonies and inform the sheep that we should be ignored.

    imo we should never accept an interview slot on the MSM and should instead stick to YouTube as a medium.

    • Errol
      January 26, 2019 at 12:24 pm

      Andrew Neil is at least honest. He’s an aggressive interviewer, that’s a given, but he is fair. He doesn’t just attack right minded characters but hammers Lefties as well.

      In this instance, James Delingpole was unprepared, as he admitted. With Andrew Neil you have to be.

      The difference is between the audiences: the Right minded is looking for evidence, information. The Left are just looking to see how many points they can score. As their information and history is utter nonsense they cannot listen for facts and information – they have none.

    • Pcar
      January 26, 2019 at 11:25 pm

      @Lord T

      Agree. Paxman? did that to Galloway; Galloway responded by saying “You invited me to discuss X, I’m not going to discuss Y”

      Coburn did same to Batten. Batten gave a similar reply.

      Galloway & Batten were correct.

      • Lord T
        January 27, 2019 at 10:40 am

        Because they were professionals and had prepared for off topic discussions.

        DK, Guido and others like us did not and we will always get caught out because we think they will be fair.

  4. January 26, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    Yes, both.

  5. Pcar
    January 26, 2019 at 11:39 pm

    Interviewer fail: who can forget the taxi driver dragged to studio to discuss IT?

  6. Pcar
    January 27, 2019 at 1:10 am

    Delers @5m11s
    BBC This Week 24/01/2019

    imo Neil regurgitating Sheep farmers trade was an open goal for Delers – amount is trivial, we Buy lamb inc tariff from New Zealand.

    tbh Delers was OK: no waffle or lies, told truth and admitted when wrong or didn’t know.

    Fiona Bruce presents debate from Winchester. On the panel are the Brexiteer and former Brexit minister who resigned her post over Theresa May’s deal, Suella Braverman MP, the shadow secretary of state of housing, John Healey MP; Soho/Soubry loon chief leader writer at the Observer and former policy adviser to Ed Miliband

    And Nick Ferrari 🙂

    BBC Question Time 24/01/2019 WINCHESTER

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