Wednesday, August 4

Is GB News a threat to democracy? That’s the million dollar session | Stewart lee

LLast week, as a disciple of the religion of awakening, I was busy boycotting the products advertised on Andrew Sphagnum Moss Neil’s new anti-awakening GB News channel, which has been difficult as many of them are goods and services that I don’t use. Consequently, I spent Monday in the park under a willow tree trying determinedly to develop a taste for Kopparberg cider, so I could send an email to the company announcing that I was no longer going to drink it. But, when I woke up in a puddle of my own urine on Tuesday morning, I learned that the fruity alcohol supplier was the first of many companies to announce the withdrawal of GB News spaces. My liver had suffered unnecessarily, but I felt pretty good about myself for the sacrifice I’d considered making, but hadn’t needed it anyway.

As I reached for my phone, I saw that Grolsch and Ikea had stated that the spirit of GB News was also contrary to their “values” (ie “buy more beer” and “buy more furniture” respectively). If advertisers from GB News, Amazon, Google, and Facebook suddenly find that they too have “values,” they might address their shortcomings in areas like tax avoidance, workers’ rights, and data manipulation. I went downstairs and ordered a garlic naan from fast food cyclists supporting GB News, Deliveroo, so I could tell the underpaid delivery man to give it back to his evil payers right away and then I signed up for a philosophy degree with GB News enablers. the Open University, with the specific intention of withdrawing from it on principle later. Take back control!

While the harm-limiting disassociation of these GB News brands may be performative, the Stop funding hate however, the organization has reminded them of the possible consequences of the messages they pay for. On Tuesday, Boris Johnson’s former racial adviser Samuel Kasumu warned against the deliberate revival of a culture war by the right wing, suggesting that Jo Cox’s death was already forgotten and that the Brexit supporter who murdered her may have been radicalized by the narratives of certain newspapers and media commentators. Meanwhile, on Tuesday, Andrew Hamster Bedding Neil put on a face of professional horror as the core demographic of anti-lockdown protesters and conspiracy theorists from his own station hunted down the “traitor” who is the BBC News boy with work experience. , Nicholas Watt, through Whitehall, through successive lines of indifferent policemen.

But is GB News good enough on television to be a threat to our democracy? The channel appears to be broadcast from a dark bunker lined with crumpled black crepe paper, sound drifting in and out erratically and stripped of the environment worthy of Time to ask, or even Sky News Press Preview, and placed in its place in the degrading of GB News Silence of inocents basement, the familiar alt-right talking heads seem deflated and radiate only loneliness and tragedy.

An evening show is presented by the former single spectator Sun executive editor Dan Wootton, which needs to be enjoyed now in his clean slate incarnation before passersby inadvertently record any recognizable broadcast skills on him. For a few minutes on Tuesday night, a segment of Wootton’s talk show called The great question instead, it was subtitled “The Big Oesion,” an onomatopoeic, albeit non-existent, word that suggests some sort of festering lesion. Wootton himself is squeezed to the left, about a third of the screen is just blank space, and the intermittently audible alt-right panelists peek into a column from small rectangles, as if appearing in a spatially challenged Dantean edit Celebrity squares, hosted by an oesion. The 1970s community cable channel Swindon Viewpoint had higher production values.

Andrew Duckdown Neil’s direct addresses to the camera, though made by a real human, have the imminent quality of Sir Laurence Olivier’s hologram of Dave Clark’s 1986 vehicle Cliff Richard, HourAs if Andrew Lamb’s Lettuce Neil had screened a movie of her own face onto a huge ostrich egg, for some dull personal gratification. Meanwhile, the coverage of Andrew Fuzzy Felt Neil’s personal interviews is so television illiterate that it is like watching security camera footage from a consulting room, kidnapped by the police to investigate criminal complaints against an incompetent GP. One wonders how Andrew Parmesan Shavings Neil could have appeared on television for so long and yet learned so little about how it is done. Did you pay any attention to the skills of the invisible, professional BBC groomers that provided you all those years or was you like the award-winning pig in Charlotte’s website, happily devouring his daily slop with little interest in how his trough was being filled?

But it’s dangerous for sneering liberals like me to dismiss GB News, simply because it’s poorly produced, disgusting, and bad. The ultimate impact of GB News will be measured in its ability to throw small chunks onto social media and the audience figures are currently very good, although this may be due to curious viewers awake in search of sinful schadenfreude. After all, even Christ would slow down to see a car accident. We underestimate Andrew Intertrigo Neil’s last stand at our risk. Once the Ukips looked like a prank party, with grumpy candidates talking about Bongo Bongo Land, losing imaginary friends in Hillsborough, ostentatiously refusing to rape Jess Phillips, and teaching dogs to Sieg Heil on command “Gas the Jews! ” But the Ukips lit the trash fire that engulfed British politics and the kind of bilateral deals the G7 needs to literally save the real world couldn’t be reached in Cornwall because Boris Johnson is still stained with the stench of Brexit lies. that the UK popularized. However, I can’t wait for my next date with The Big Oesion!

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