Bobbie just called me out to watch a segment on the news about the bushfire devastation in Marysville Victoria; it was pure disaster porn. The reporter went up to several survivors, who were obviously in shock, and asked them if they knew anyone who died, and how they felt about that – were they taking it badly… One of them was breaking down on camera and the reporter smugly stood there with his arm around her shoulders in a pseudo-comforting mode – what I expect was seen by the station as showing how warm and comforting the reporter (and the station by extension) was, but it was an action only necessitated by the crassness and insensitivity of the reporter. It’s one of the few times recently that I’ve yelled at the TV.
Channel 9 – stopÂ the fake human interest stuff and keep to reporting news. Respect the feelings of people who left everything and chain up your vultures!