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bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

brief segment on bbc newsbeat where they mentioned the 1% NHS payrise and then had a vox pop from an NHS nurse saying we should all accept and be grateful for it because there are NHS staff who are getting no payrise, and then newsbeat ended and it went back to playing Fun Music from the 2000s.

bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

imagine you are an unbiased news organisation who nonetheless wants (or is inclined by circumstance, by what "seems reasonable") to push a certain angle on the news. you've got a collection of vox pops from a broad swathe of people involved in the issue you're reporting on. the vox pops cover a broad, if not complete, range of opinions and importantly: all of them are sincere! you've got a pallete of soundbites representing just about every position on an issue.

bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

now you've got this nice emoji palette of preset opinions, you don't need to say any of the opinions yourself. you can just press the button to play the "this is good" or "this is bad" soundclips accordingly. you can even play the less-convincing "this is good" clips to accompany the more emphatic "this is bad" clips if you want to be a bit more subtle.

bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

a very important component of this is that: no one involved is lying.

bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

@alex *hate* when this happens. I emailed my MP about the £20 UC uplift not being extended to asylum seekers while they got only a few pennies increase, I got paragraph after paragraph back off him that "they should be grateful" for that slap in the face. I was SEETHING.

bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

@Shrigglepuss @alex

also within the BBC itself I suspect whoever edits the news has been similarly told "you should be grateful for your chance to intern here" (or if they are very lucky get a short term contract) so they don't dare complain about what they are expected to do at work..

violence, bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

@alex we should all be grateful for being kicked once, some people get kicked twice but this government. [pop music plays]

bbc manufacturing consent, NHS pay 

@alex that famous bbc ‘balance’ in action

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