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A Geezer in Gaza

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Rupert Murdoch's strongest arm in Britain's media pile, sky one, are set to lower the bar for journalism by unleashing upon us a torrent of brainless propaganda and fluff. Starting in October, well known 'actor' and football hooligan cheerleader Danny Dyer will host sky's new show 'A Geezer in Gaza', Geezer being an English slang word for someone from London who has a reputation for having street smarts. In this show Dyer will explain to us the current situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and will also attempt to give historical context for those with no understanding of matters such as this in the region.



Dyer is well known for promoting, rather than deflating, violence in his movies and tv shows, most of which focus on football hooliganism and organised crime. Dyer's personal understanding of the situation in the middle east is, as would be expected, poor. In the show, Dyer will start from a position of pure ignorance and attempt to enlighten himself as to why the conflict still rages on. Understanding, rather than peace, is Dyer's objective for the show. He accepted the project because he saw it as a personal challenge and a chance to prove that he can do more than just act tough.

Sky's blatant disregard for journalistic standards goes one step too far. Dyer will attempt to emulate Ross Kemp's program on a similar topic, but will ultimately fail. One of the advisers for the show is Dyer's good friend, actor Tamer Hassan. Hassan, of Turkish descent, participated in a correspondence course with the Open University on the subject of the Israei-Palestinian conflict. They are not quite the credentials of a seasoned and knowledgeable journalist or historian.

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Dyer's small production company will play some part in the process but it is unclear as to how much of a say Dyer will have in the overall content of the show.

Already on facebook, hundreds of fans are excited at the potential entertainment value and have joined a group dedicated to the upcoming show.

I guess Robert Fisk was busy....

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Fergal Hunter is a political analyst and blogger from Bath, England.

 

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Fergal Hunter is a political analyst and blogger from Bath, England. He holds a masters in political science from Trinity College Dublin. Primary interests include the media, the role of military intelligence in the formation of government policy (more...)
 

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