Wednesday, September 2

The jury is still out

What to make of those pictures from Budapest railway station, Calais, Rhodes. Most every correspondent I’ve listened to today prefaced his/her report with an assertion that it would take a heart of stone, blah-blah-blah. I get their drift. Unfortunately my jaundiced view of television news correspondents is heavily influenced by memories of GlobeLink News’ Damien Day, not least that trick of pinching the flesh of ragged urchins to elicit viewer sympathy. It hasn’t gone unnoticed the average Syrian male appears to have a child surgically attached to his arm, said bambino ritually waved aloft like a football rattle whenever the press hove into view.

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