We've all seen awkward TV interviews where a politician seems to trumpet nothing but talking points. But you might not have seen an interview where it's this obvious. In fact, it's so bad the interviewee is being labeled as a robot.
British Labour Party leader Ed Miliband is getting roasted in the British media for an interview he gave to the BBC yesterday regarding the public sector strikes in his country. Essentially, during the entire interview he gave one answer. Or at least variations of it. And it's painful to watch.
Business Insider explains the talking point:
Miliband gives nearly identical responses to a series of questions about the massive UK strikes. Some combination of the following phrases: "These strikes are wrong at a time when negotiations are still going on... But parents and the public have been let down by both sides because the government has acted in a reckless and provocative manner... After today's disruption I urge both sides to put aside the rhetoric and stop it happening again."
The Daily Mail says the video is so odd that some BBC readers wondered if it was a spoof. The Mail responded by dubbing Miliband "Robo-Ed:"
With his bizarre nasal voice and geeky demeanor, commentators have often joked whether Ed Miliband really is human.
He has variously been likened to Wallace of Wallace and Gromit as well as gormless Ross from Friends.
Now, following a bizarre new TV interview, he has a new identity - Robo-Ed.
The interview is reminiscent of one given by Democratic senate candidate Alvin Greene in the fall, in which he repeatedly accused Sen. Jim Demint of starting the recession: