Saturday, March 26, 2011

Not A Proper Job


Slightly surreal start to the weekend at 8 a.m this morning. Tuning into Sky News Kate Burley was in Benghazi reporting on the 'rebels' fighting on the outskirts of a Libyan town and she hands over to her male colleague who is in a town described, in a way only journalists would ever do, as a rebel 'stronghold'.

"What news on the advance?" Kay asks to her colleague who is standing across the road from a ubiquitous sand coloured building.
"No news yet Kate, the rebels don't start work for another half an hour."

So there you have it, just over a week into the fighting and the rebels have adopted 'normal' working hours.

Switch to BBC 24 and there was your answer, Ben Brown was standing in front of a burned out tank surrounded by a group of wowdy webels waving guns, rocket launching ephemera and generally having a good time. Like office workers the world over they'd stopped off on the way home on Friday night for a bit of fun and just hadn't made it home yet.

8 comments:

Span Ows said...

Nice. Some of the photos the BBC and others have in theri galleries are amusing too: old tanks not working used as action shots, rebels holding and aiming anti tank weapons (upside down and with no firing mechanism attached) etc. However a semi-serious point, in Afghanistan and beforehand in Iraq it just shows how it is impossible to know who is "civilian" or not. They all have day jobs and are terroists/rebels at the weekends and after work!

Span Ows said...

so what news and/or research do you glean from the Daily Mirror!

;-)

Paul said...

Yes it's all part of the propaganda. Daily Mail had a quite outrageous piece yesterday about tanks hiding under palm trees and civilians being used as human shields.

I agree about the not knowing who is the enemy and who is friendly, it's like they all belong to the equivalent of the Territorials.

Paul said...

Sorry I was posting about the Mail as you posted about the Mirror!

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