OK, I've seen the Channel 4 piece about British Muslims and their doubts about the Official Narrative of 7/7
And, fuck me, how surprised was I to discover that I hated it
You could have knocked me down with a feather
I won’t bother with what would be a very long list of the snide little presentational tricks used in the film but they are there and once a copy gets put up on Youtube (I have it on VHS if all else fails) any vaguely media literate person will be able to spot them.
However, it’s worth running through some of the more blatant devices used...
Attributing doubts about 7/7 to a sense of alienation on the part of Muslims
The message of the piece was that 7/7 scepticism is a Muslim specific issue and not grounded in the weaknesses in the Official Account of 7/7. The possibility that C4 was putting the cart in front of the horse and that some Muslims were feeling alienated because of the bullshit surrounding 7/7 was not touched
And the last time I looked at my baptism certificate I was a Roman Catholic
Misrepresenting Luton CCTV footage
C4 showed a few frames taken from another day whilst the presenter was talking about 7th July. The timestamp was there to see but the vast majority of viewers would have come away with the impression that the footage was from 7/7. In fact, the absence of images from 7/7 is a major cause for scepticism. An issue not mentioned in the piece
Presenting people’s concerns without context
The film showed lots of clips of Muslims saying they doubted the official account of 7/7 but did not show lots of clips of Muslims explaining why they had doubts. The impression given was that their concerns had no credible basis. The most blatant example was the part where a young Asian man explained why he thought the Luton CCTV image had been doctored. A shot of the photograph was included but not in a way that you could see what he was talking about.
Somebody I know personally was interviewed for the film. He is well spoken, intelligent and would have had no problem communicating why he has questions about 7/7, which is presumably why his contribution was edited down to something like one and half sentences (they were good sentences though)
Gatekeepers, straw men, loonies and shills
The piece managed to work in some clips from Alex Jones, a ‘witness’ called Daniel and a sliver of the film Ludicrous Division with an emphasis on its spooky X-Files style soundtrack. Presumably the producers didn't have enough time or couldn't get hold of 'ex' MI5 operative David Shayler or 'ex MI6 operative' and alien tunnel aficionado James C
I’ve written about Daniel here. I don’t recall writing much about Alex Jones’ coverage of 7/7 in his film Terrror Storm but suffice to say it’s the sloppiest account of 7/7 issues and riddled with perplexingly (if you trust Mr Jones that is) obvious factual errors
I could go on but what’s the point? Tonight’s effort by C4 asserted that there were no grounds for scepticism about 7/7 without actually covering the issues. The xenophobes in the audience will come away with their belief that Muslims are a bunch of disloyal bastards who hate our government and therefore our country reaffirmed. Non xenophobes will be satisfied with the psychological tosh about alienation and exclusion.
I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again. Any time someone from the mainstream media or an associated production company gets in touch with any of us 'who doubt', their only objective is to make us look like idiots or lunatics. They are not going to help
edit: someone has just dropped me a line pointing out that C4's web site does give a little more coverage on the inconsistencies in the Official Narrative of 7/7. That it does. It also includes web links to some right old shit
edit #2: someone else has pointed out to me that I should at least be pleased that C4 addressing the issue of 7/7 scepticism is a sign of progress. Well, yes. But I don''t think that's because the folk at C4 are nice guys. Their treatment of the material pretty much disproves that possibility
edit #3: it is heartening to see that C4 was clearly bombarded by emails from people who weren't biting the 'mistrust of the government is a Muslim specific problem' line taken by the piece. One thing that always makes me laugh about the 'public response' to this sort of thing is that it appears to be mandatory to include the thoughts of some random cunt who starts talking about Elvis Presley (in this case it's you 'Russ Singleton'). Play another tune for fuck's sake...
I can't walk out
Because I love you too much baby
Why can't you see
What you're doing to me
When you don't believe a word I say?
We can't go on together
With suspicious minds
And we can't build our dreams
On suspicious minds..."