I think Emma's nailed it for best question.
I guess we've all gotten used to crap TV "journalism", but what really blows me away is that it was clearly going to be the live media event of the year, and still no-one bothered to come up with a decent question. I'm no msm journo, but wouldn't this have at least been a golden chance to make yourself look good, if nothing else? Sainsbury actually asked Bain twice about his "big smile". He gets front row honours for that? What a dork. He really must be quite contemptuous of his audience if he thinks that's the style they want.
Did anyone catch ONe's live cross to Wendy Petrie at about 3:30? Pretty poor. Her explaining 4 times that Bain hadn't yet come out of court, then thinking she spots him, then realising it's not him; then... umm... explaining that there's a large media contingent (y'know, the one that they set the whole piece up in front of), then suddenly realising how pointless it was (and possibly wishing she'd prepared something, anything, to say about the actual case), and back to you, Peter, defeated.
It's like "I'm not a reporter, but I play one on TV", with these people.
One News is reporting that David Bain is now out on bail.
Rather depressing for the musicians I imagine.
Yep. Likewise this:
In 2006 [...] 650,000 tracks were downloaded only once.
So, is the former Myspaceman a cynical attempt to separate desparate and gullible artists from their money or a genuine, though dodgy, way to get your nose ahead of the pack?
Blue Rondo a la Turk (now that is a forgotten band)
Remembered by me primarily for the 58 times that I thought, whilst crate-diggin', that I'd found a Dave Grusin record.
Assuming a statement is not true, it's only a lie if there is knowledge of the falseness of the claim (ie intent to decieve), otherwise its merely a false statement.
My main complaint was about this:
AIDS has had its turn in the role of global killer and although it has cut a terrible swathe through some populations, it has largely slipped off the front pages.
AIDS in 2005 (latest figures I could find): deaths of 3 million people; new infections of 4-6 million people, and "largely slipped off the front pages" is supposed to be a valid measure of the issue? For anyone to say that, is pretty poor. For a supposedly leading journalist... that's shocking.
I don't want to harp on about this particular piece. One could easily find a dozen examples that border on being this bad.
I was surprised - although perhaps I shouldn't have been - at the extent to which MPs aren't familiar with the whiffier details of the Copyright Amendment Bill...
I'm surprised you were surprised.
A recent Listener editorial that pissed me off:
Very quickly, global warming has become the new bird flu... Further back it was Y2K... AIDS has had its turn in the role of global killer and although it has cut a terrible swathe through some populations, it has largely slipped off the front pages. Right now, climate change is having its turn as the latest scourge to fear. - Joanne Black, Doom du jour, editorial, The Listener, 17-23 Feb. 2007.
You'd be hard pressed to find another peice so appallingly shallow. That the Listener, with its long tradition of liberal attitude, would publish such completely uninformed drivel is just awful.