Saturday, July 09, 2005

Dave Barry in a Serious Mood

Dave Barry's Blog: "The show goes on everywhere here: The underground is running again, and people are resuming their lives. I remain awed by how calmly Londoners have handled the terrorist attack. I believe that one reason for this is that the British TV news people have displayed less excitability and hysteria than American TV news people displayed in response to the Michael Jackson verdict. That's not an exaggeration: That's really how it appears."

I think Barry's definitely onto something here.


PollyME said...

I think that for the British it was no surprise. They reacted as if they knew it was coming.

Kent Morgan said...

I haven't seen any of the British TV reports so can't comment of this situation. However, in the past year I spent about two months in England where I was exposed to the BBC and the other national network on a daily basis. There is no question that the TV news readers just read the news reports with little emotion and the reporters on-site just report. Also you are not faced with the constant experts we see on American TV who turn up the volume. As for the newspapers, that's a different story.

While in London I always take the Picadilly Line to the bookstores in the Charing Cross Road area. On occassion I have got off the train from the north that ends its trip at Kings Cross Station and immediately walked through the station and went underground to catch the Picadilly Line. In reports Londoners spoke about the numerous bomb threats that happen on the tube and on Thursday when they were told to exit the tube and take the escalators up and out, most considered it business as usual.

This happened to me on my second last visit. I had forgotten about it until I was reminded last night. It was on the Picadilly Line and unless you have actually taken those escalators down to the track, it's difficult to understand how far below ground you are. People just slowly got off the train and the platform and some just waited there rather than take the escalators back up as they were instructed to do.

Kent Morgan

Brent McKee said...

As they used to say during the war - "London can take it."

Anonymous said...

With the coverage of the Gulf War the American networks realized that the news could be just as much a ratings grabber as their original programming.

So the television news became television entertainment.

American television "news" is an embarrassment.

Ray Banks said...

The BBC were as sombre and unbiased as always, ITV more sensational. And the tabloids?

Well, when the headline of The Daily Star is "BASTARDS" and Al Qaeda is spelled wrong on the front page, you get a measure of how truly diverse the reportage can be.

JD Rhoades said...

I keep having this image of some crusty old Brit who lived through the Blitz sitting on his park bench and telling people "Yer call that a bombing? In my day, laddie, we had REAL bombing. bin Laden, that great poof..."