Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Jon Stewart banned in the UK: "Are you not allowed to praise England in England?"

This programme shows footage from the #Hackgate debate in Parliament. It was screened in 84 countries which broadcast the Daily Show Global Edition, including 'such free speech havens as Chad, Somalia, Saudi Arabia, Syria and Yemen'. Jon Stewart has a point when he compares the blanket prohibition on satirising parliamentary proceedings with the filth, innuendo and mindless banality which is routinely broadcast on C4.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

the man is a genius

3 August 2011 at 15:48  
Anonymous Zach Johnstone said...

Your Grace,

Truly marvellous. His satirical mastery is utterly unmatched.

Thanks for sharing this.

3 August 2011 at 16:31  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for this, Your Grace. It is a crazy situation to be in. I can see why they might be concerned about irresponsible use of parliamentary footage, but if it was used in a similar way to the Daily Show, then it is a legitimate way of holding power to account in my view - I've just blogged on this with some of the background over the last few weeks as well...
(Couldn't get the embed from Mediaite to work though, I bow to your blog-tech superiority)

3 August 2011 at 17:06  
Anonymous Shacklefree said...

I think Stewart's point about what we allow on TV makes a mockery of this ban. We really cannot justify any ban when we show what was revealed in the clips on Stewart's video. The word hypocrisy comes to mind.

3 August 2011 at 17:50  
Anonymous non mouse said...

Thank you Your Grace.

"What's that? Those are puppets? Are you sure?.... Yup.

Gone are the days when British Broadcasting [rightly] ruled the airwaves, then; the days when it was truly the best.

3 August 2011 at 18:22  
Anonymous LCF said...

I'm a huge Jon Stewart fan, and must confess to watching the episode concerned somewhat dodgily on the web.

I admit to something of a "warm" feeling inside when he praised the accountability of our parliament.

However, given the examples that Mr Stewart raises as to the depths of rubbish our terrestrial TV reaches; my complete distrust of any channel (BBC or otherwise) to broadcast impartial news; and hearing how left-wing the Radio 4 News Quiz has become; etc., I have to say I agree with the law in this case.

I would suggest that we can make do perfectly well without mocking the exact footage of parliament, and indeed have led the world in political satire for years.

I would love Mr Stewart to watch a few episodes of Have I Got News For You and even contemplate an American equivalent.

3 August 2011 at 18:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Commenting from the US - so glad you all get to see this. Stewart is known for 'marinating truth in satire' and he did it again with this ban. It's just silly that he is banned from commenting on this footage, with praise or otherwise.

3 August 2011 at 19:00  
Anonymous LCF said...

Let's not forget how the BBC edited that footage of the Queen to make her look furious when she was nothing of the sort for that "documentary" last year, and had to later apologise.

What would they try and get away with when trying to complete their agenda to supress any right-wing ideas? And, of course, when cornered - "it was just a joke".

The sad truth is that too many in this country genuinely wouldn't know or realise how footage had been altered or nuances missed.

Jon Stewart and his great show is a rare example of a programme that doesn't hide its political leanings, but is genuinely fair to both sides.

I fear that we don't have his equivalent in the UK at all, and our broadcasters should not be trusted with such potentially opinion-forming footage.

3 August 2011 at 19:13  
Anonymous Atlas shrugged said...

Jon Stewart represents the best of political satire.

In other words Jon Stewart makes the truth genuinely funny.

Which considering how perfectly horrendous the truth is now days, is a remarkable achievement.

The BBC however gave up telling the truth, and therefore making it funny to all but a self-proclaimed intellectual elite, around 75 years ago.

I normally avoid the BBC like I would the Black Death, however my radio stayed tuned to radio 4 after taking in Test Match Special at the weekend.

This will not be allowed to happen again, I can assure you, my blood pressure will most surely not withstand another dose.

WOW, what a load of left leaning BS from start to finish. The plays, the game shows, the news broadcasts, and above all Woman's Hour was like being subjected to a continuous lecture from Polly Toynbee on speed pills.

An establishment sponsored brain-washing exercise only periodically relieved by The Shipping Forecast.

The BBC makes anything 1930's Berlin, or Moscow Radio came up with, sound like Good Morning America in comparison. To think that many of us were brought up with little else but BBC TV and radio, is quite scary.

Anyone who considers themselves to be working-class, instinctually conservative, or worst still libertarian in any way, could not possibly subject themselves to more then 60 seconds of radio 4 without desperately wanting to rip their own ears off. Test Match Special, and The Shipping Forecast, being the only exceptions that prove this rule.

The amassing fact that we are to this day still forced to pay for the production of this ever less covert form of mind-control, using the ultimate threat of imprisonment, only adds ever more insult to our most grievous injury.

3 August 2011 at 23:18  
Anonymous Shacklefree said...

This all raises the question of how much we are indoctrinated by the BBC and other media outlets in the country. We used to hear proud comments about how UK TV was the best in the world and how the BBC was the best most impartial voice giving us objective reporting on all issues of relevance. Events of recent years have indicated that the BBC has for decades been manipulating public opinion in a particular direction. It would seem that there is a consistent agenda being followed especially when we consider the push to relegate religion to the very margins of society.

3 August 2011 at 23:21  
Anonymous Greg Tingey said...

ONE the regulation is insane - but it's up to Parliament to revoke it.


And lead by the vile Patten

3 August 2011 at 23:46  
Anonymous Atlas shugged said...

Jon Stewart and his great show is a rare example of a programme that doesn't hide its political leanings, but is genuinely fair to both sides.

3 August 2011 19:13

Please try to forget any concept of a political leaning, especially if it is based on party politics.

The Truth is either being told, or it is not. The rest is only personal opinion.

Personal opinion is all but completely worthless, and often dangerously so, if it is based on incorrect, or insufficient information or data.

In other words, rubbish in, equals rubbish out.

The Common Purpose of our mass media is to impart as much destructive garbage, carefully mixed in with as little essential truth, as it can possibly get away with.

We should never allow ourselves to become proud of what we know, but must remain humbled by quite how much we do not.

3 August 2011 at 23:47  
Anonymous Pageantmaster said...

Freedom remains
These are the chains
Nothing can break.
There'll always be an England
And England shall be free
If England means as much to you
As England means to me.

4 August 2011 at 01:28  
Blogger Gnostic said...

And they said the Americans didn't understand irony...

4 August 2011 at 05:58  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

England? Does that country still exist?

4 August 2011 at 09:18  
Anonymous Shacklefree said...

Greg Tinsey, If the BBC is a catholic conspiracy how come it constantly promotes condoms and artificial birth control, abortion and evolution etc. I've no problem with them castigating paedophile priests - I'll join them in that but you've been listening to the anti-catholic indoctrination which is very prevalent in this society and unfortunately rampant within certain Christian denominations. For all its faults, it doesn't demonise Protestants or their religion but does argue it own case without resorting to vituperation. In a free society, why not. If you've got a case, make it on the basis of evidence and scripture and then apply the same standards to other Christian religions.

4 August 2011 at 10:37  
Blogger Phil Taylor said...

Just a thought, but I'm pretty sure that HIGNFY, Mock The Week and other satirical shows have shown footage of parliamentary sessions and then proceeded to take the proverbial. And even if they haven't, I think the law, in this case at the very least, is an ass! As Stewart rightly points out, what is the point in a democratic system, one that encourages debate and argument over many, many things, if it can't take the odd satirical jibe?

4 August 2011 at 11:08  
Blogger Jim McLean at Acoustic Village said...

Am I alone in thinking that actually, when you consider the variety of unsavoury and deceptive ways you COULD show edited and selective snippets of parliament, then not using real footage for comedy purposes is a small price to pay?

In order to preserve the verbatim and contextual, not to mention the gravity of purpose of parliamentary debates, I think it isn't too bad that we have this rule. Just think if the debate chosen was a more serious one and then what was said was edited...

7 August 2011 at 00:36  

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