This evening I was wondering if I was watching the news on TV or some satirical programme.
First I hear that the broadcaster Danny Baker has been summarily sacked by the BBC for publishing a photograph that would not be out of place on the front cover of “Private Eye” (a publication edited by another popular BBC personality). It was labelled as “racist”, despite it being an archive photograph of two people and a chimpanzee. Which race, I ask, was suffering any harm or insult from this photograph?
The next story involved a government department warning that people may have to move away from areas liable to flooding, while at the same time advising that building on flood plains is likely to double in the next 50 years.
Changing channel I heard that we would be hearing from a correspondent “momentarily”. Sorry, but why bother to employ a correspondent if they are not to be allowed more than a moment to make their report?
I think I will stick to the satirical “news” programmes. At least in those the contributors tend to think before they speak.