Radio 4’s Broadcasting House has celebrated 10 years on air with some of its favourite moments from the archives. One recurring feature was an homage to the former US Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s unique way with words.
… Finds their lack of faith in his leadership disturbing…
Broadcaster Sir Trevor McDonald has been cleared of making a racist remark about comedian Bernard Manning, despite more than 100 complaints. Sir Trevor referred to the late star as “a fat white bastard.” The watchdog said the ex-newsreader had used strong language which was “clearly intended to parody Manning’s own comedy” on his ITV1 series News Knight.
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After yesterdays post about stock phrases I hate, I think a special mention should be made to this morning’s Metro, reporting on the biometric scanning at Heathrow, for dragging out that old saw: “If you’ve got nothing to hide, you’ve got nothing to fear”.
We thank you Metro, for that pearl of wisdom.
One of my pet hates (other than pet hates) is whenever some commentary in the “news” refers to something or other “gone mad!”. It’s become such a stock phrase that’s wheeled out far too easily and really winds me up. It’s like stock phrases gone mad!
So when Channel 4 announced their alternative Christmas speech this year, I knew it was only a matter of time before the phrase got wheeled out again.
A brief search of BBC News articles of the last year delivers the following cases of something or other “gone mad!”
I daren’t search the archives of the Daily Mail, I’m sure there would far too many references to list!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4727872.stm – Bureaucracy again
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/magazine/5326800.stm – Railway naming
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/edinburgh_and_east/5040970.stm – Political correctness
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/education/4886570.stm – Political correctness again
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/manchester/4883398.stm – PC yet again!
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/4661438.stm – Nanny state
No trace so far of anything going mad in relation to the initial story yet, though I feel quite unclean after reading through some of our tabloids’ comments boards.
Check out the link, scroll halfway down to a picture of our fearless leader and check out the first two lines on his manifesto…