In message <***@brightview.co.uk>, Sam
Plusnet <***@home.com> writes:
Post by Sam Plusnet
All vox popped people on the street should be trained to respond with
"Well, I was gutted Brian."
regardless of the occasion or question.
That should put a stop to this silly habit.
I have always thought that if, as a result of something newsworthy (such
as terrorist action) I was in a hospital bed, and was asked some
variation on the "how do you feel" question (which virtually all such
questions are), I'd say that I had something important to say, but only
if they come back with a guarantee of wide coverage. Then, when (if)
they did, I'd seize some equipment (or if no suitable equipment in
reach, the reporter), and look into the camera and say, "you are,
basically, asking me how do I feel. On behalf of all people asked this,
this is how I feel" - and then ram the equipment (or a fist) into the
questioner's face, causing injury.
Sorry. But it _does_ irritate me - especially when the questioned are
grieving, or injured, or both. I see _no_ public _benefit_ (I hate the
expression "public interest" as its slight ambiguity is so much abused)
in interviewing, or even just filming, the grieving.
In the meantime, I like Sam's suggestion. (But not enough people would
do it to avoid the editor finding sufficient others. My assault would at
least get coverage, along with my subsequent trial.)
J. P. Gilliver. UMRA: 1960/<1985 MB++G()AL-IS-Ch++(p)***@T+H+Sh0!:`)DNAf
The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush.
It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment.
-Robert Maynard Hutchins, educator (1899-1977)