Sunday, 7 February 2010

Campbell's emotional insincerity

Campbell's little drama-queen episode on Marr fails to convince me. It was overdone. A man of Campbell's experience and position is capable of dealing with the toughest of questions without flinching or pausing; he's also superlatively gifted at telling lies with sincerity, acting righteously when dissembling and resorting to ad-hominem attacks on his questioner when things get sticky.

So either Labour are pursuing a 'be authentic, be emotional' script for media interviews, or Campbell was genuinely and suddenly weighed with the realisation of a thousand tons of suffocating guilt right in the middle of an interview ...

6 comments:

Demetrius said...

This maudlin business always makes the ask the question how many people have died unnecessarily as a consequence of the decisions and actions of these people? So why is there no sorrow for those who died and so much for the minor inconveniences that they have suffered?

lilith said...

"Sobbing for Socialism" as a commenter on Old Holborn suggested. It's the latest strategy. He wasn't emotional, (well, maybe angry) he just didn't want to answer the question.

Bill Quango MP said...

Its the latest thing. Show how emotional you are by bawling.
Labour should sign up Jordan for PMQ's.

Mike Spilligan said...

Perhaps it's the return of the manic depressive in him.

Anonymous said...

Well I assent to but I think the brief should acquire more info then it has.

Tamianne said...

Yes, my immediate thought when I saw this clip was that he was being insincere and very much in control of himself. Even if he was that upset, it wouldn't have been for the right reasons (i.e. him and Blair being constantly challenged by the press, rather than innocent people dying in the war) so wouldn't have got him much sympathy anyway.

Like Lilith said it does seem to be their latest strategy in these desperate times. Especially bearing in mind Gordon Brown's interview with Piers Morgan. No doubt he gets very sad when talking about his daughter, but he knew what would happen before agreeing to be interviewed. It definitely looks like there was an ulterior motive.