Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Impartial?

While not wishing to condone the abuse she has received, I must say that I find Charlene White's statement "I prefer to be neutral and impartial on screen..." astonishing.

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/nov/13/charlene-white-itv-news-presenter-remembrance-day-poppy

Does Charlene White think that the Great War is an issue on which people can remain impartial?

Does she think the Royal British Legion is just another charity which she, as a celebrity, can choose to endorse or not as the mood takes her?

I would like to see broadcasting companies decide policy on poppy wearing, and provocative individuals such as Charlene White and Jon Snow taken off air on Remembrance Sunday and Armistice Day (perhaps given some filing to do).

I find intolerable the idea that we are going to go through the next six years of commemorations with Charlene White, Jon Snow and others using their various platforms to make political points (while strenuously asserting that they are only being "impartial").

And does Charlene White's behaviour not give the lie to Sunder Katwala's claim that BME people are now enthusiastic poppy wearers?

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