Monday, July 05, 2010

Credulity

Credulity turns up in weird places.  It’s sometimes a form of laziness.  Look at this, for example.  It’s a perfectly ordinary story about a crime right up until the end, when it suddenly and bizarrely says this:

Regular eBay user Rezza Faizee, 27 and from Workington in Cumbria, reckons it's a massive problem and something that has happened to him when he was trying to buy a mobile phone.

"It's definitely something that happens regularly," he admitted.

"I've had friends, family, and the same thing's happened to them.

"I honestly don't know what you can do to tackle the problem, I honestly don't."

Fairzee isn’t anything to do with the story or its protagonists.  He’s just some completely random bloke making what seem to be fairly uninformed comments presumably without evidence.  How can he possibly know that shil bidding “happens regularly”?  Why does the BBC quote him?  It doesn’t add any information to the story, it’s just a random opinion.  We get enough uninformed opinionated nonsense from BBC journalists as it is without some random idiot chiming in.  At least he’s honest about not knowing how to solve the problem.

Is this what the BBC call journalism?  Oh, I asked my mate and he said…?  It’s astonishingly lazy and stupid.

There’s a stealth credulity in here as well, though.  Do you imagine this is only a problem with web-based auctions?  The BBC seems to think so. 

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