#Cameron uses ‘tame journalists’ to avoid tough questions – even mainstream #media is annoyed!

cliesIt is not often that mainstream media become united in criticising government, but this week the BBC, ITN and Sky News called a meeting to discuss the limited access of their top political journalists to the prime minister.

The media companies have accused Cameron of avoiding being questioned by tough political interviewers by using less critical media outlets and using press releases (some of them video clips of Cameron’s statements) to inform the public of important government policies.

One journalist told the Independent “Downing Street says the PM will speak to camera but then tells us to send a camera, not a journalist. They’re constantly trying to avoid the planned, thought-through interrogation, and put in its place things more on their terms.”

BBC political editor, Nick Robinson, had told Downing Street communications chiefs: “It’s not our job to broadcast televised press releases!”

Cameron has gone as far as having a dedicated broadcast quality telephone line installed in Downing Street to communicate with local radio stations around Britain – cutting out the need to hold press conferences where journalists from the three media companies can ask questions. One source told the Independent “They regard it as a way of bypassing the main news media but still getting sizeable audiences.”

Another journalist told the Independent “Downing Street says the PM will speak to camera but then tells us to send a camera, not a journalist. They’re constantly trying to avoid the planned, thought-through interrogation, and put in its place things more on their terms.”

Cameron has rarely been subjected to any serious questioning in the public arena about government policies. On the few occasions when Cameron has been interviewed, he usually sticks to his range of pre-compiled answers and attempts to steer the interview his way. If he were to come up against one of the tough political interviewers he would probably be unable to cope.

No doubt that the main reason for being so shy of real hard-core journalists is because it must be difficult for him to remember all of the lies he has told.

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One thought on “#Cameron uses ‘tame journalists’ to avoid tough questions – even mainstream #media is annoyed!

  1. How right you are. Politicians of all parties are renowned for avoiding awkward questions.The infamous Paxton interview with Michael Howard in which he kept on repeating the question Howard was desperately trying to avoid (I forget now what it was!) until he was instructed via his earpiece to leave off, is a classic example. But I’ve noticed that this government is particularly anxious to avoid any kind of real debate. Cameron is the worst offender but all his ministers when interviewed, and even in Parliament, simply churn out the soundbites they must learn from heart from the party hymn sheet.They are the epitome of the stonewall.Its just not good enough. Personally, I think Cameron is an airhead who couldn’t string a decent political argument together without being briefed.

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