You’d notice, right, if there was a subtle quasi-Communist takeover of the press? And if someone insisted that it was happening right under your nose, you’d look at them funny. I mean, if I was with you in the pub and I said: the media, they’re not just a bit biassed, and a bit mad sometimes; they’re not just pursuing stories based on how easy they are to report or make into big deals; they’re actively burying stories that don’t fit a specific government agenda… if I said that, you’d probably start drinking with someone else.
I mean, you’d never fall for the old tricks of cheese-paring or salami-slicing, unless they turned out to be some sort of sexy thing? Would you?
OK. How about this?
- A mad loner scribbles wacky bomb plots. No funding, no bombs, no vehicles, no backers, no organization, no accomplices: no equipment to speak of, in fact. Despite this, all the major news organizations go crazy about it. He’s prosecuted to within an inch of his life and the story splashed over every paper.
- Rocket launchers, chemicals, BNP literature and an environmental suit found at former election candidate’s house. The BBC steadfastly ignore it: national and regional press effectively black it out. The suspect is charged with possession of an explosive substance and later released.
Let’s start again. From the top.