pwa wrote:Which shows that putting him on QT, alongside people with other strands of opinion, allows viewers to make up their own minds. As it should be.
There is never enough time to challenge him, and he is good at shouting down anyone who tries.
The single biggest problem is that telling a lie is quick, but refuting it takes time. Liars profit in almost all television formats - it's the same, whether they are lying about cycle helmets, climate change or WTO rules. Even the longer format shows, such as the Daily Politics, rarely allow a proper discussion of the subject in hand. The viewer certainly discovers that there are two opposing views, but s/he rarely learns any more than that. It's only in the past couple of months that political interviewers have armed themselves with the basics of trade law so they can challenge the rubbish about GATT XXIV and the Swiss border.
Until producers of TV politics shows learn to counter simple lies, we are doomed to have liars running the show.