James: The Truth About Jr Doctor Coverage
9 March 2016, 10:42 | Updated: 26 August 2016, 08:49
James O'Brien rubbished the "negative stories" about doctors on the front page of today's newspapers in a sparkling monologue.
The Times headline talks about "blundering doctors", while the Daily Mail wrote about how mew Mums are send home too early after giving birth.
Noting that these stories appearing in the press cannot be a co-incidence, James was on brilliant form as he tore into the press and backed the Junior Doctors.
Speaking about the strike on his LBC show, he said: "The newspapers are pretending it's not happening. In fact, they are doing more than that. They're saying 'Look over there. Doctors being bad! Don't mention the strike'.
"I am not a conspiracy theorist, but if you think that the Times and the Mail both end up with front page stories that enable them to sort of point over there and say 'Look, some dodgy doctors', if you think that's a coincidence that these stories appear on the front page of the two foremost right-wing newspapers in the country on the day of a national Junior Doctors strike then I doth my cap to you. That is some forlock you are tugging.
"So you turn to the front page of the Times today and what's the headline? 'Blundering Doctors Get Protection From Blame'. What's the key word you take from that? Blundering.
"Front page of the Daily Mail? New Mums are being sent home too soon. But no mention of a strike on any newspaper.
"Almost every Junior Doctor in the land has voted for strike action which is happening today. The numbers they got in response to that strike ballot would only really look familiar in North Korea, such is the scale of support for that strike - in the high 90s.
"They don't want you to think, they just want you to get angry."