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Speaking of the Media

Sean Bonner links to an interesting story from the BBC. Generally I’m not down with the media reporting on themselves, but when they’re criticizing the American news organizations, I’ll cut them some slack. The unfortunately-named BBC Director General Greg Dyke attacked the US media:

In his speech, Mr Dyke quoted research that showed that of 840 commentators aired on US TV, only four were opposed to the war. “I have to tell you if that was true in Britain the BBC would have failed in its duty,” he said. “Telling people what they want to hear is not doing them any favours. It may not be comfortable to challenge governments or even popular opinion, but it’s what we are here to do.”

The article also mentions that The Kumars at Number 42 received an award. This is an extraordinary chat show, set in a British-Indian home and hosted by the whole family. They invite their guests in through the front door of their home, and offer them tea and Indian treats before heading to their backyard studio. It’s quite funny and a refreshing take on an otherwise tired format.