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Martin Robbins, in a piece about the BBC’s treatment of science, writing in the Guardian about the Today programme:

Every question was designed to put the guests on the defensive or to create conflict, and even reasonable points were phrased in an aggressive manner.

The Today programme’s style of questioning is used on every subject, not just science. It pretty much guarantees that anyone who appears on the Today programme is going to be on the defensive, however innocuous the topic. And is it any wonder that politicians are so devious and disingenuous when they know that the person interviewing them isn’t trying to find out anything useful but merely trying to catch them out to generate headlines?

[via @paul_clarke]