Dominic Cummings should keep himself away from the cameras
What on earth was Dominic Cummings trying to achieve last night,…
By Robert Taylor on the July 21st, 2021
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.
March 16th, 2016