- First, there was a report of Gordon Brown having been compared to Stalin by a former top civil servant. Alongside the news reader was a screen showing Stalin in his Red Army uniform. Computer technology allowed this image to transform Stalin's face into that of Gordon Brown. That's the sort of thing I would expect to see in The Sun or The News of the World.
- Another report concerned the conviction of a foster mother on charges of child abuse. The report began with the information that the woman was a Jehovah's Witness; it did not go on to say that she beat the children because she was a Jehovah's Witness, or that all Jehovah's Witnesses are child abusers, so why mention it especially in the opening words of the report?
- The report on passport fraud was obviously regarded as beyond the intelligence of most viewers; it needed illustrations. So, the reporter stood on the steps of the passport office holding a passport while he told us how many passport applications are received annually; then he moved to the entrance to a railway station while he told us that passports allow us to travel.
BBC Breakfast is even worse. The presenters have become 'celebrities', appearing on reality shows and promoting themselves and each other instead of dealing with issues of public interest. They have such a low opinion of their viewers that they have to send the weather girls (very attractive, wearing latest fashions, never mind their first class meteorology degrees) out into the garden to prove it is sunny or snowing.
I think I got out of bed on the wrong side this morning! I'd better illustrate that comment for those who are used to BBC reports.