When journalists get it right: Praise for Emily Maitlis

Tuesday, 22 September 2020

When journalists get it right: Praise for Emily Maitlis

The importance of language should never be underestimated. It's something we frequently discuss in our media training sessions. Here, BBC Newsnight presenter Emily Maitlis judges her audience and the situation perfectly, as she takes a swipe at the “trite and misleading” language used by the UK government when discussing the coronavirus.

Maitlis took exception to government suggestions that those recovering from Covid-19 had somehow displayed more fighting spirit than those who did not.

'You do not survive the illness through fortitude and strength of character, whatever the prime minister’s colleagues will tell us,' she said during the opening sequence to Wednesday night’s show.

'This is a myth, which needs de-bunking,' she added. "Those who have been on the front line right now, bus drivers, shelf stackers, nurses, care home workers, hospital staff and shopkeepers are disproportionately the lower paid members of our workforce. They are more likely to catch the disease because they are more exposed’. 

It's powerful stuff.


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