Coronavirus: Maitlis praised for pointing out nobody is saved by fortitude and character

Speech: Emily Maitlis laid out some facts about the coronavirus that made laid bare the falseness of Tory rhetoric.

This is an extraordinary speech:

It’s a spot-on speech; the coronavirus doesn’t affect us all equally.

She accurately states that: “Bus drivers and shelf-stackers, nurses, care home workers, hospital staff and shopkeepers are disproportionately the lower-paid members of our workforce.

“They are more likely to catch the disease because they are more exposed.”

When was the last time you heard of a member of the so-called “one per cent” – society’s highest earners – falling victim to coronavirus? If they did, it was probably due to Boris Johnson-style stupidity.

The speech flags up a new attitude in the BBC.

Maitlis, and her editors, are showing more criticism of the Tory government than they have in the last, what, 10 years?

Those of us who bother to watch the daily briefings have even seen it in Laura Kuennsberg’s questions to whichever Tory minister is standing in for Johnson at the time.

The decision to highlight the fact that poor people are disproportionately likely to suffer, because of the way our society is currently ordered, is extremely important – if media organisations like the BBC follow through on it.

Public opinion is hugely influenced by the media – and public opinion is what shapes our society.

Source: Emily Maitlis praised as she slams ‘misleading’ language used amid coronavirus crisis | London Evening Standard

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3 thoughts on “Coronavirus: Maitlis praised for pointing out nobody is saved by fortitude and character

  1. Elijah Traven

    Public opinion is not something easily quantifiable. In fact it doesn’t exist in a uniform way. The opinions of Conservatives are dissimilar to Labour opinion. It is not the media.which shapes how society is run. That is just ridiculous. Society is concretely structured and it is this concrete structure which dictates everything. To say otherwise is mad, ignorant, offensive. You don’t change society by changing media ownership, you change it concretely by revolutionary force. Then you get a different media.

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      People shape how society is run and people allow their opinions to be shaped by the media. If the media support a particular political position, then people tend to be led by that.

      How else do you think an imbecile like Boris Johnson got elected as prime minister with a thumping majority last year?

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