It has become an enlightening discipline to have to watch the whole 7pm Channel 4 News bulletin without switching it off in disgust. Here are my observations for Thursday 30th October 2014.
19.00 – 19.01 – Intros
19.01 – 19.06 The proliferation of drugs in prisons & decriminalisation.
19.06 – 19.11 Social unrest in Burkina Faso.
19.11 – 19.21 Manchester sex abuse scandal including an interview with Tony Lloyd,Police Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester & Stephen Woolfe UKIP MEP for North West England. Krishnan Guru-Murthy asks “Is there a specific issue with Asians in the North West?”.
19.21 – 19.24 US nurse breaks Ebola quarantine.
19.24 – 19.26 NIBs about Scottish Labour Party, shooting at Al Aqsa and Libya.
19.26 – 19.32 Paul Mason reporting from East coast towns talking to people about UKIP and immigration.
19.32 – 19.34 “Adverts”
19.34 – 19.43 Proliferation of drugs in New England, US.
19.43 – 19.48 Follow-on interviews with UK anti-drugs worker and recreational user.
19.48 – 19.51 New Birmingham sperm bank.
Again, the ad break included the trailer for “Make Leicester British”.
Nothing specifically about British Muslims but the Manchester sex abuse story was given a racial slant, and a UKIP rent-a-gob, although there was a glaring side-step where maybe Krish should have asked “Is there a specific issue with Asians in the North West [and white, privileged men in Westminster]?”.
I’m sure it slipped his mind.
Paul Mason did attempt inject a little perspective in his report from the seaside town they forgot to close down, but it was mostly just giving a voice to people moaning about Poles coming over here, taking the shit jobs we don’t want to do.
So, for Thursday I count only 17 minutes (approximately) out of 51 that was about UKIP & immigrants.
It’s getting a little better as the week goes on but there are plenty of glaring omissions such as Occupy Democracy, Hinkley C, Fukushima, the environment generally etc etc.