As JFK’s grandson suggests the “era of distraction” is sadly alive and well in America, Matthew Steeples highlights further examples in Britain
The ‘distraction technique’ is alive and well and being used widely in both Britain and America right now.
Examined by JFK’s grandson Jack Schlossberg in a brilliant article for Time this week in the context of Donald Trump’s decision to deflect from his own (and much deserved) woes by releasing files about the 1963 assassination, Britain is definitely in exactly the same state.
In spite of a nut backed by bigoted Breitbart barbarians being in control of the White House and an incompetent hectoring vicar’s daughter fooling around with Brexit in Britain, the news agenda focuses on triviality. This morning’s Mail Online bizarrely led with a truly irrelevant and personally motivated non-story about James Stunt – a private citizen who has never given a public interview and an individual whose life, frankly, does not interest anyone outside the confines of the bizarre bubble of Belgravia, Kensington and Chelsea – at a time when the media ought to be focusing on the ‘real story’ behind the appalling going-ons at Westminster and elsewhere.
Run in a fashion exactly akin to what Lord McAlpine described in his 1999 book, The New Machiavelli, this week we’ve had Sir Michael Fallon caving in and standing down because he touched someone’s knee. Then there’s There is plainly more to all of that but what is truly wrong in both supposed pillars of the Free World, and what Schlossberg rightly highlights, is that “newsworthy stories” mostly now contain little in the way of “newsworthy information.”
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