Celebs can’t speak out? Michael Buerk’s arrogance knows no bounds

Celebs can’t speak out? Michael Buerk’s arrogance knows no bounds

Former BBC News presenter Michael Buerk has expressed displeasure at celebrities like Benedict Cumberbatch and Emma Thompson speaking out on world affairs. “There’s only so much of their world view you can take”, he loftily declares. According to Buerk, it seems, only distinguished commentators like him should offer an opinion.

Just how arrogant can Buerk be, to think that only he and his fellow hacks have a right to be heard? Just how smug and self-satisfied?

I’ve no doubt I disagree with a lot of what Cumberbatch, Thompson and hundreds of others celebrities have to say. But in their position, I too would use every opportunity to publicise my views on things that mattered to me. And they have every right to express themselves, just as the public has every right to listen or ignore them.

For Buerk to imply that only journalists have the authority to opine is the very height of arrogance. A journalist’s job is to inform the public, in a stimulating manner, about events that have an impact upon their lives – to package news. Rocket science it ain’t.

So, Michael Buerk, please understand that you are not the only person with a view worth hearing. Others have life experiences, different ones, which are equally valid.

Article date

March 16th, 2016

Robert Taylor

Media Trainer

@RT_MediaTrainer

My main passion is media training, and I’m proud to be one of the UK’s most experienced and successful trainers in this field.

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