Wednesday, April 27, 2005


What planet is he living on?

In the midst of a perfectly fine column decrying how the British papers are ignoring education in the run-up to the U.K.'s General Election on May 5, BBC News education columnist Mike Baker suddenly reveals that he has been Somewhere Else for some unknown but considerable period of time.
Where is education in election?


Of course, voters can read the manifestos themselves. But the role of the media is not just to try to trip up weary or unprepared politicians but also to explain, compare and contrast policy issues.
A-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah-hah! (Excuse me while I wipe a tear of unrestrained laughter from my eye.) What a card! What a comedian! Those Brits really do have a great sense of humor, don't they?

Seriously, Mr. Baker, and with all due respect, but haven't you been paying attention? The only purpose the media serves anymore is to keep people distracted, uninformed, and docile. I suppose it's remotely possible that the Foxification of all media has not yet infected the UK to quite the same degree that has occurred here, but still, such naivete is touching.
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