Tuesday, 19 October 2010
The BBC can't help it
I have just watched Emily Maitlis interviewing Liam Fox on the BBC News channel. I heard the exchange before I saw who was speaking, and I thought it was a row between Fox and some disgruntled Labour has-been harridan. She raised her voice, she interrupted, she spoke over him for whole sentences, she sounded outraged. I was pretty surprised to find it was a supposedly neutral news presenter interviewing on behalf of the state broadcaster.
Of course, she may have felt that she was only doing her civic duty by exposing the nastiness behind the Tory government's facade of calm reasonableness - I'm sure all of her colleagues would have thought she was behaving perfectly correctly - but to me it sounded totally unprofessional and shrill.
She's a bit of a babe, and she's obviously a clever girl, but tonight she let herself down badly. She was far from neutral, and if the BBC isn't neutral it can't claim to be a national broadcaster. Yet more ammunition for the cull. And she's off my Christmas list too.