Thursday, June 07, 2007

Tunnel vision

Watched the Diana documentary on Channel Four last night. Apart from the fact that it was half an hour of material stretched to fill an hour, I couldn't see much wrong with it. Its key finding was that Mark Twain was right - a lie can be halfway around the world before the truth has got its boots on. And he lived in the age of the telegraph.
Despite what the world was led to believe at the time, the photographers caught up with the car after it had crashed. By that time there was already a doctor on the scene. They mooched around and took pictures but there's no evidence that they caused the crash or impeded the emergency services.
Last night's film contained nothing that would have traumatised the average viewer and didn't show the pictures that The Sun's picture editor said he would have been thrilled to publish had she lived.
Nobody does humbug like the media. Just heard the reaction to the film being discussed on Five Live by three broadcasters who clearly hadn't seen it. Have Ofcom had many complaints? asked one. Well, they're not open yet, said the other. Oh.


  1. I don't know David...Ofsted not even open yet and you already 94 notes to the bad....


    L.U.V. on ya,


  2. Anonymous7:38 pm

    Of course if she'd died these days when the papparazzi use digital cameras those photos would have been all over the internet before she'd even been pronounced dead.