Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe on pointless UK terror alert

manicstreetpreacher is RAOTFL at Charlie Brooker’s latest successful aim at the nail’s head.

The UK government’s recent pointless upgrading of its terror threat monitor status to “severe” was an inexplicable and bizarre episode to put it mildly.  I am wondering what they were trying to spin out of the headlines.  Fortunately, Charlie Brooker’s inspired Newswipe gave it the treatment it deserved in a segment aptly titled “The Week in Bullshit”.

Brooker’s superb takedown of prime time news and comment shows has also produced this inspired dissection of pro-forma news reports.

Why is this show relegated to BBC Four?

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4 Responses to “Charlie Brooker’s Newswipe on pointless UK terror alert”

  1. Edmund Standing Says:

    You say it’s pointless, but we’re not privy to the intelligence being gathered. They could well have picked up some worrying ‘chatter’ that they took seriously. I think we have to be very careful making armchair assumptions.

    I am wondering what they were trying to spin out of the headlines.

    Er… The BBC article states that ‘The decision to raise the threat level was made by the UK’s Joint Terrorism Analysis Centre (JTAC)’, AKA MI5.

  2. Luke Says:

    Newswipe is awesome. I love that show.

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