I’ve occasionally watched the programme “Jersild & spin” where journalist/host Jens Olaf Jersild discusses political developments with two former political advisers. The title gives the clue to the content – there is a lot of discussion about spin, strategy and tactics, less about policies and their potential consequences, and while positioning and perception undoubtedly is an important part of politics, the exclusive focus on this can get a bit tiresome in the long run: You’ve watched 10 programmes, you’ve watched them all.
Now, TV2 Danmark has revived CNN’s old Crossfire formula (I might as well admit that I gave CNN a miss back when I had cable TV) in a series where two ex-spinsters Peter Mogensen, former advisor to Poul Nyrup Rasmussen, and Michael Kristiansen, former advisor to Anders Fogh Rasmussen, act as co-hosts.
Right. (It isn’t podcasted so I can’t watch it)
The funny – or perhaps very serious – part now is that liberal Danish blogger Jarl Cordua in his post about the show links to a review by Kristian Madsen who is an advisor to the danish TUC. Madsen performs a simple but thorough demolition job on the show by offering us a link to Jon Stewart’s appearance on Crossfire.
Let us just note that 1) Danish media are happy to copy anything out of the U.S. without reflecting on the context, 2) in the U.S. you have to go to the comics for serious political commentary.