It has been a week since the beginning of the blog and once again, it is time to revisit ‘Asazuba’ 「朝ズバッ」, the reason being, today was a case of the media ending up criticizing itself, ending up in a highly amusing, tense atmosphere within the studio.
The program was in the middle of talking about the Japanese school system. At the end of the package, one of the panelists started criticizing the news report as being one-sided and lacking in information. All Minomonta could do was to nod in agreement. The panelist then started saying “that is what the problem is with broadcast media. They only report parts of the story and we need to know the full issue.” A tense atmosphere ensued in the studio and Minomonta continued to nod until he realized that he could try and ignore this comment and carry on with the package. Minomonta brought out a board showing the world rankings of the OECD academic tests of which Japan has dropped down somewhat. The panelist objected to that as well; “See that is what I mean. That information is not full either. Japan has actually dropped down in the rankings because there are so many other countries taking part now. Broadcast media in this country doesn’t explain things we need to know in full.”
Again, awkward silence ensued. Again, Minomonta ignored it and changed the subject.
I wonder if Asazuba are kicking themselves for letting a panelist on that made them look stupid and it will be interesting to see if they let that panelist on the show again, knowing that whatever they report will probably just get criticized. Originally, the media are there to hold people of power to account, but now others are holding the media to account. That must have been a bit of a shock….
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