Brooker begins with a history of graphical aids in news broadcasts and their current status as garish, CGI animations rather than displays of useful information – particularly during events such as elections. In the “This Week in Bullshit” segment, Brooker covers the reaction to comments made by Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad during the Durban Review Conference, as well as a lengthy section on the 2009 United Kingdom Budget. In other pieces which look into the dwindling influence of traditional newspapers, Peter Oborne discusses the relationship between the media and government in the UK, while Nick Davies (author of Flat Earth News) illustrates the increased use of the “dark arts” of computer hacking, phone tapping and bribery by Fleet Street journalists to gain evidence of ill-behaviour in government.
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