This, apparently, is Britain’s answer to The Daily Show. Overall, it’s not very good, I’m sad to say, but does include some promising moments from the irascible duo of Charlie Brooker and David Mitchell. Probably would have been better if the C4C programmers* had just limited it to the two of them, or even just made Mitchell the host, with occasional features from Brooker reprising his withering critique of the news media that he executed so brilliantly in his old BBC Newswipe series.
*An unsurprising poor decision, given that scientific studies have shown public-service program planners (and other primitive human sub-groups) as scoring rather badly when compared to penguins in terms of their intellectual capacity.
It seems I may be slacking a bit of late by not reloading these clips fast enough…
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but I wish we had a media critic here in Canada to demolish our own homegrown TV news offerings with a similarly wicked sense of cynical disgust and malicious contempt.
Charlie Brooker surgically dissects the routine conventions of mainstream media news reportage.
Brooker’s savage show about the news media returns to BBC this month, about which he had this to say: “The return of Newswipe is both exciting and daunting, because it nearly killed me last time. Maybe this time it’ll finish the job. It’s hard to say precisely what we’ll be featuring, because I can’t predict the future, but hopefully we won’t be picking apart coverage of either an intercontinental nuclear war or a global ebola outbreak. Whatever happens, we’ll be staring at it with amusement and horror.”
A look at how the news is using the public more in their reports.
The “Week In Bullshit” and Peter Oborne speaks about the true intentions of politicians.
How the media, and the public, dealt with Jade Goody’s death.
Tim Key recites a mordantly grim, credit crunch inspired poem and Charlie looks at the cynical handling by the media of a school shooting in Germany.
Danielle Ward looks on the bright side of the credit crunch with a money making idea, Charlie looks at the Week in Bullshit, Nick Davies talks about how PR spin can change the media’s view and Dermot Murnaghan rides round on a bike in search of tales of economic woe.
Absent any serious interest on my part in what laughably passes for “politics” in this damn country, I thought it might be fun instead to feature some of Charlie Brooker’s acerbic musings on the inner workings of the news media. So here we go… Enjoy!