The six o’clock pips sound across the nation. The red lights flash and the studio blinks to life and the familiar old juices stir. Three hours of live broadcasting lie ahead with an audience of millions leaning on our every word. Three hours in which to wield the simple sword of truth and the trusty shield of British fair play. Three hours to educate the audience with stuff they didn’t even know they wanted to know and to enrich the democratic process by giving them information they will store away, the better to make a wise choice at the ballot box when next called upon.
How we miss Jim Naughtie…don’t we? Having listened to him[08:15] give the Governor of California, Jerry Brown, complete free range to malign and smear Trump you have to think not so much.
Brown, a Democrat of course, laid into Trump on the usual subjects with Naughtie feeding him the right cues for the next slander. It was a shameful piece of ‘journalism’ that should embarrass any of the Today presenters who have to persuade us that they are worth listening to, that they will bring us the truth, unvarnished and impartial. So-called interviews like this one discredit the programme and undermine their integrity.
We’re in an age of darkness, Trump is immoral, maybe evil, he’s wrong about everything and he’s dangerous.
Trump, Brown tells us, has created a massive polarisation in politics [hmmmm…just as he made America misogynist?]…trouble is it is not Trump who has caused polarisation but the Left who have become ever more aggressive in their tactics trying to close down anyone who doesn’t agree with them and by adopting militant identity politics to further their own interests.
All this of course mirrored by the Left’s supporters in the media such as the BBC….Naughtie not raising a word of dissent to challenge Brown at all….it is the BBC narrative that Trump is beyond the pale and unacceptable as a President and thus anything can be said about him however malicious, however wrong.
And note Naughtie’s use of the phrase ‘undocumented migrants’…..that is a very loaded and misleading term meant to ‘humanise’ illegal migrants and intended to make people feel more sympathetic towards them…highly political whereas the correct term, illegal migrant, is actually neutral as it merely describes what they are. ‘Undocumented’ gives the impression that they have just forgotten their passport or it is some stupid bureaucratic cock-up that will get sorted out, they’re entitled to enter the US they just need the paperwork to ‘rubberstamp’ that…it’s in the post no doubt…no, they are entering a country illegally, taking jobs by undercutting wages, taking housing and school places, using up local resources and not paying taxes….of course the BBC doesn’t want you to think about the downsides to illegal immigration, never mind the exploitation of the migrants themselves by employers and criminals.
The Today show….becoming more of a joke everyday.