This has to have been one of the darkest periods in recent UK history with the horrendous terrorist events and then this awful fire at Grenfell Tower in London. My thoughts go to everyone who has been affected by these dreadful events, words cannot sufficiently express my feelings for both the victims and their families. It really makes no difference who you are, your culture, religion, colour or where you live, the death of a loved one is always difficult but to lose someone in such unnecessary and tragic circumstances makes it all the harder to accept.
Such is the grief across many parts of the country at this time you would think people would just want to pull together and support each other and to be fair probably for the vast % of the population that is exactly what is happening, however that does leave a small % of the population who can only see this as an opportunity to score points, create social unrest, try to dissolve the cohesion within communities and they have the audacity to say they are doing this on behalf of the victims.
NO THEY ARE NOT, THEY ARE USING THE MISERY OF THESE POOR PEOPLE TO FURTHER THEIR OWN AGENDA!!
these people should be ashamed of themselves, their behaviour is self centered, immoral and cruel, they are heartless self gratifying individuals.
We have had the BBC who have provided us with an ongoing barrage of intrusive coverage of these situations asking banal questions of people such as ‘how do you feel about it?’ or ‘what did you see?’, or pushing interviews with obviously distressed people to the point where these poor souls end up in tears; this to me represents abuse of people when they are at their most vulnerable. For god’s sake do you really think people want to be seen on national T.V in such a distraught state – would the journalists what to be seen like that – I don’t think so.
This type of journalism belongs in the gutter, these journalists are literally camping out in the middle of others grief hoping to grab any morsel of emotion/ visual distress that they can get. I do wonder how low in the gutter they would be prepared to go, and after all that they don’t even get things factually correct. They have set up a practice now of following these events around the world – well actually lets be more accurate – around the western world, because they don’t behave in this way if the incident is in the middle east/ a developing country. We have seen this behaviour most recently in Nice, Paris, Manchester, London. Frankly this obtrusive and invasive form of journalism is both obscene and immoral. Just how heartless do journalists think the rest of us are that we cannot empathise with people unless we see them crying on national TV.
This form of journalism is for ratings and has nothing to do with keeping the public informed. It has no place in a decent caring society because it is neither decent or caring. Believe me I have worked with many traumatised people over the years and they worry about having been seen in these circumstances, it only adds to their trauma. The BBC should be ashamed of themselves but having seen there response on Newswatch when this issue was raised it is clear – as indeed it seems to be with any criticisms, that the BBC see themselves as providing a service. According to them they are giving us what we want, so really it is our fault.
Well there’s a surprise – I don’t think!!
Perhaps we should be challenging this belief held by the BBC, I know from the Newswatch program I am not alone in feeling this is not the best way to present the news, but perhaps I am one of a minority – we won’t know and neither will the BBC unless we all tell them. But hey perhaps that’s a battle for another day.
I will end this blog by extending my heartfelt sympathies to everyone affected and my deepest thanks to the truly heroic members of the police, fire and ambulance services.
May your god be with you and support you in your hour of need