Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Quote of the Day: BBC reporter – "Don't you want us to report what's happening to you?" Answer – "No."

The quote of the day surely comes from the BBC's economic's editor Paul Mason who twice today wrote about the general attitudes of the Greeks he talked to on the streets during protests.
This afternoon, in his third post about the Greek protests, Mason again returned to the theme of media credibility:

And I will repeat the point about hostility to the media: it's not a problem for me and my colleagues to be hounded off demos as "representatives of big capital", "Zionists", "scum and police informers" etc. But to get this reaction from almost every demographic - from balaclava kids to pensioners - should be a warning sign to the policymaking elite. The "mainstream" - whether it's the media, politicians or business people - is beginning to seem illegitimate to large numbers of people.

As one old bloke put it to me, when I said: "Don't you want us to report what's happening to you?" - "No."