Take out the 'dem' and what have you got?
Panic!The Day Today
and Brass Eye
must be required watching for media people these days. It's bizarre sometimes - high tempo reporting without much context, 'experts' stating the extremes of possibility and a few computer animations to really dumb down the reports.
Politicians and media seem to enjoy colluding in whipping up such things. They cry wolf again and again. Presumably because they can, and because it makes them look useful and competent. Doesn't make them look like intelligent, adult statesmen though. Where have all the grown-ups gone?
The Government - 'Swine flu isn't a major threat - but we've just increased our orders of Tamiflu to cover 80% of the population'. The media - 'The Government thinks 80% of us will get it!'. The Government - 'Face masks are worse than useless for the public - but we've just ordered shedloads for the NHS'. The media - 'The Government doesn't want us to buy facemasks!'