, , , , , , , , , ,

Irish journalist Vincent Browne refuses to accept a big banking representative’s trite prevarications, which “address the question” but fall short of actually answering it. We need more journalists like this!

I especially like the banker’s condescending analogy in the beginning, in which he compares Mr. Browne’s knowledge of the banking industry to the trivial and superficial knowledge of a taxi driver in a large city. This is both a dodge and an insult; an attempt at both discrediting Vincent Brown as a journalist and creating a divide between the financial system and the public it steals from, to the tune of: “it’s far too complicated for you common people to understand what we do, so you should just trust us.”

When Browne takes this analogy and uses it to press him for a real answer to his question, the charming smiles and titter-inducing analogies come to an abrupt halt; the banker remains stone faced and silent–a deer in the headlights–while his assistant uses equally evasive language to speak for him to ask for an easier question.

Once slimy, double-speaking corporate figureheads are put on their heels and made to account for their actions, the facade slips away and their cruel greed is laid bare.

Spread the word! Comment and Share!