It’s a constant complaint on Inspector Gadget’s blog that the press are biased against police officers, never reporting the daily catalogue of abuse they suffer (and so being ‘unfair’ when causing a fuss about one officer who loses his professional detachment and abuses a detainee), and always reporting the bad things, yet never the good things that the police do.
Which is why, I guess, this story is being reported as ‘Idiot public servant can’t tell which way the wind is blowing, while his equally incompetent partner, who should never be allowed a water pistol, never mind a Taser, couldn’t hit a barn whilst standing in it.’
Except….it isn’t, is it?
There’s a lot of praise there for the officer who struggled on to do his job and arrest the man, despite everything that happened, and the quirky ‘Friday 13th’ angle.
And it’s not just because that’s a left-wing newspaper. The others have similar subtexts to their stories.
So perhaps it’s not the media that’s at fault..?