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Thursday, June 05, 2003

Why I love BBC World News:

I've been listening to the radio a lot, because even though I have a super kickass nice sport luxury wagon, it doesn't have a CD player. Apparently, until a few years ago, those silly German carmakers didn't think CD players should be standard equipment. They also seemed to have a problem with providing decent cupholders, because for them, it's all about the driving and you shouldn't be paying attention to frivolous crap like music or tasty beverages. Anyway, since most of the radio stations in Phoenix consist of mullet rock, Jesus babble, or music with lyrics in a language I don't understand, I've been listening to NPR most of the time. I like NPR a lot anyway - I usually listen to it during my commute when I'm at home - but the station that carries it here also carries a feed of the BBC World news service, and let me tell you, I just plain adore it. The reason I love it so much is that the correspondents pretty much badger their interview subjects. Unlike reporters in the U.S., who just ask questions, get an answer, and move on to the next question like some quasi-news-gathering automaton, the BBC reporters say things like, "You can't seriously be saying that you think such-and-such leader should do that? That's absurd!" They also interrupt their interview subjects when they think the point the subject is making is upsetting or irrelevant. I find this highly amusing, and I just thought I'd share. Plus, that whole inside joke thing in yesterday's post didn't go over too well, mainly because the person to whom it was directed hasn't read or commented on it yet. Probably because he was out fucking her.

babbled by Kat @ 9:18:00 AM | |