Tweets from BBC Sports News Correspondent James Pearce today. (H/T David Preiser in the comments).
“Both Obamas were brilliant. In some ways Michelle upstaged her husband. She spoke with real passion”
“My analysis of Chicago presentation: Michelle Obama absolutely fantastic. President Obama very good. Rest average”
“Just been speaking to Lord Coe. He reckons IOC members loved Michelle Obama”
“Wow. Vow. Vow. Vow! We always knew first round would be close. But this is horrible for Chicago.” (I think those are all meant to be “Wows”, not “Vows”.)
This guy wasn’t as impressed as Mr Pearce:
“Pass the sick bucket – just listened to the Obamas’ begging for the Olympics and having their usual luv-in. Enough schmaltz already.”
Neither, apparently, were the Radio Five Live listeners:
“Michelle Obama: Listeners phoning 5live saying “Pass me the sick bucket” – :D”
Updated. The CNN anchor was as nonplussed as James Pearce. Very funny.
Peter Sissons has had another excellent pop at the BBC.
Peter Sissons, the retired BBC news presenter, last night attacked the corporation for paying huge executive salaries while allowing BBC newsrooms to become “factories” run by “poor kids”. The presenter, who left the BBC during the summer, also said that there was far too much opinion on BBC news programmes, and not enough straight reporting of facts.
Sissons, 67, who is writing an autobiography covering his career first at ITN, where he was happiest, then from 1989 at the BBC, told a Media Society dinner last night that the huge gulf between the salaries paid to the top tier at the BBC and everyone else was a real problem, especially in the 24-hour newsroom at BBC Television Centre…
“And then there are these panjandrums on huge numbers. If you tried to devise a way of undermining morale, you couldn’t find a better way. They [top executives] are working in the public service, and all this is taking place after we’ve found MPs with their snouts in the trough. Public service is taking second place to their pecuniary interests.”
Sissons also criticised the growing tendency of BBC journalists to offer analysis and opinion on news stories. “I say go back to basics. Report on the news,” he said. “The term reporter is the noblest word in the language, not this term ‘correspondent’. Increasingly, reporters are being invited by presenters to give their opinion. Far too much opinion is creeping into news reporting, with pay-off lines, to steer the viewer into what to think. Let them make up their own minds on the facts.”
See also: The BBC became too PC for me, says veteran Sissons
Richard Bacon, possibly the BBC’s number one Obama fan (there’s some tough competition for the title) is set to become Simon Mayo’s replacement in the new year. His promotion to the afternoon slot should offer easy pickings for Biased BBC bloggers and commenters, especially when the US midterms come round.
Re this earlier post – Hawksley says buy the book, already!
That’s fair enough, and a fine capitalist response.