Aug 9, 2011

It looks like America isn't the only place that has a problem with the integrity of its journalists. When Darcus Howe, a 68 year old West Indian writer and journalist from Brixton, was interviewed by an anchor from the BBC the interview quickly became testy. Fiona Armstrong, the anchor in question, from the jumped appeared to have an agenda. She was very short and insulting to Mr. Howe at one point even accusing him of being a rioter. Instead getting his point of view as to what was going on, she came across as dismissive. Mr. Howe was trying to give her a glimpse inside of why the people were rioting. He was trying to relay to her the types of things that had happened to his grandson and son when it came to the police, but of course a priveleged person such as herself could not understand what he was saying and so she dismissed it and accused the man of condoning the riots.

"Our political leaders have no idea, the police have no idea," Howe said, of the level of frustration and discontent among the youth in England.

"I don't call it rioting, I call it an insurrection of the masses of the people," he added. "It is happening in Syria, it is happening in Clapham, it is happening in Liverpool, it is happening in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, and that is the nature of the historical moment."

"Do you condone what happened in your community last night?" the interviewer, Fiona Armstrong, asked Howe, over the course of an exchange in which she cut him off several times.

"Of course not! What am I going to condone it for?" Howe replied. Later, after she accused him of taking part in riots in the past, he said, "Have some respect for an old West Indian negro instead of accusing me of being a rioter."



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