In an earlier post, on 27 October, I wrote about an American novelist who had been interviewed on the BBC’s Broadcasting House to object to the term ‘swing states’ in the coverage of the US elections and to claim that Britons were more racist than Americans. I took issue with the assertions made in the broadcast. In the comments, the novelist was identified as Grace Andreacchi.
Earlier this week Ms Andreacchi responded to my post. You can see her response on the thread to that post. She concedes she does not know much about politics. Perhaps the most remarkable point in her response is her observation ‘I just did the Broadcasting House thing because they happened to ask me.’ Given the number of informed commentators available to express views on the US elections, why did the BBC invite a novelist who by her own admission is a much better novelist than she is a commentator?
One encouraging aspect of the post, though, is the reach we are achieving through this blog.