Oh, I like her!
Courtesy of The Guardian:
Boris Johnson is a “known liar” who is copying Vladimir Putin’s approach to the media, according to Channel 4’s head of news and current affairs, who called on broadcasters to aggressively challenge the prime minister’s falsehoods.
Dorothy Byrne said Johnson’s shift towards publishing his own videos on Facebook rather than giving sit-down interviews to journalists reminded her of the Russian president, “who also likes to talk directly to the nation”.
She also said television producers should be more willing to directly accuse political leaders of lying. “If we continue to be so polite, how will our viewers know that politicians are lying?” Byrne asked.
The comments are likely to increase tensions between Downing Street and Channel 4, with No 10 already discussing whether it benefits the government to engage with some traditional media outlets. Johnson has declined to be interviewed by the broadcaster in recent months and did not take part in Channel 4’s Conservative leadership debate, with his aides casting doubt on its impartiality.
I am a little surprised that Ms. Byrne launched that criticism without once invoking the name “Donald Trump.”
But then again I guess she really did not need to in order to make her point.
I just wish we had more journalists here on “this side of the pond” willing to call out Trump in a similar fashion.
Putin’s influence on western democracies is something that historians will likely be writing about for decades, but I wonder if they will truly be able to capture the terror we who are living through it in real-time are feeling at this moment?
This is one time I would like to turn to the last page of the book to see how everything turns out, because to be honest I am worried that it will not be a happy ending.