Do some Politicians justify broadcasters fitting mute buttons?


Over the last few weeks in the election campaign it has become very clear that certain Politicians have worked out that they can appear on TV or speak on the Radio and yet avoid being challenged by talking over the questions and indeed over the interviewer. There are of course many times when broadcasters want to close down the interview yet we the public would benefit from hearing the full sentence or even paragraph of the person being interviewed, and frankly if the news started a few seconds later than planned, the world would not be harmed. However over the last few weeks and indeed the last few years it has become clear that some politicians dominate the interview by ignoring what they have been asked to respond to. A mute button would raise all sorts of questions regarding the censorship of free speech although many broadcast settings already have some form of editorial activity. However it seems as though some of the people who claim to be willing to be held accountable through our electoral processes, are not willing to speak in a manner that is appropriate when on TV or Radio channels.

About ianchisnall

I am passionate about the need for public policies to be made accessible to everyone, especially those who want to improve the wellbeing of their communities. I am particularly interested in issues related to crime and policing as well as health services and strategic planning.
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