Anyone else remember Panorama?
It used to be an investigative journalism programme. Now it seems to have turned into just another arm of the tabloid press.
Tonight’s programme dealt with child prostitution and the alleged failure of the “authorities” to deal adequately with it. The reporter’s language was peppered with phrases such as “ruthless criminal gangs”. As opposed to all those terribly well-mannered and restrained criminal gangs, I suppose. At one point he suggested that the reason that child prostitutes are largely “invisible” is because, rather than being found on the streets, these children are more likely to be holed up “in a flat above a taxi firm somewhere”.
And I presume it was sloppy editing that allowed the question “When is the government going to make pimping children a statutory police target?” to make it into the programme.