Jody McIntyre BBC Interview fails any kind of civilised standards
December 13, 2010
I wrote about Jody McIntyre being pulled out of his wheelchair and many people have been disturbed and concerned by the rough treatment meted to him. He’s had a few interviews since then. (this is the footage where he got pulled out of his wheelchair)
The way the media has handled it shows their disablism and condescension and apparently not more so than tonight at Ben Brown’s interview with Jody at BBC News 24, here is an excerpt from James Martin Charlton’s complaint to the BBC
I work at a University where we all work very hard at ensuring that especially vulnerable students and staff, for example those with disabilities, are treated with respect and allowed to recount their experience with dignity. No doubt the BBC believes that it practises to the same standard. On the evidence of this interview, in which your journalist showed his opinions and colours only too clearly, you have failed to live up to any kind of civilised standards. If your interviewer were a member of staff here and had spoken to a disabled student in that fashion when listening to a complaint, he would be on disciplinary as a result.
(full complaint to the BBC at James Martin Charlton’s blog)
I have just finished watching an interview with Jody McIntyre on BBC News Channel. I did not know anything of this story until watching this item on the news channel (20.15) and was utterly appalled at the treatment of this man at the hands of the police- shown in footage during the interview.
But I was also totally disgusted and also apalled at the interviewers totally negative and provoking questions.
The BBC is a national broadcaster and I have never been so angered at an interview or felt such disgust at the standards of journalism this interview sunk to and have emailed them to complain and gone online to see more about this story.
There have been other complaints in twitter too about the way the interview was conducted.
This is Jody McIntyre’s blog you can show your solidarity by writing to him.