Are you kidding me? It's about as cooked up as claiming Barack Obama was born in Kenya. Someone could see similarities, and they thought that was enough evidence to make a spurious claim. Not even remotely close. It's well and truly cooked up.
I've tried being civil but when I saw this comment, the only words that came to mind were "for f***s sake".
Comparing the suggestion that a UK news programme may have influenced a UK satirical/parody news programme that aired around the same time to a ridiculous conspiracy movement that is associated primarily with racists and white supremacists and is based on no evidence is quite honestly the most ridiculous, the most bizarre and in some ways the most disgusting post I've ever seen on this forum. Especially when your only evidence that everyone else is wrong is that it isn't included among a probably partial list of programmes that influenced the production.
The fact is both sides have stated their arguments and neither side has any direct evidence to prove their point. You can't prove that The Channel Four Daily didn't influence The Day Today's graphics, set or format and we can't prove that it did even if it is more likely than not. Nearly everyone concurs that there probably was an influence on The Day Today and yet you disagree - which is fine. What isn't fine is as good as proving Godwin's law by likening your opponents to a group of racist nutters who made stuff up in order to try and get Obama removed from the Presidency largely because of the tone of his skin.
You've performed the Crosby 'Dead Cat' manoeuvre by saying something deliberately unpleasant because you don't like the way the argument has gone - rather than accept that possibly, nobody has asserted that it definitely did, one programme influenced a parody of that genre - you've consistently reiterated your evidence that doesn't actually prove otherwise, you've likened us to conspiracy nutters and have carried on an argument about something relatively minor and trivial for far too long. All that happened is a few of us saw the Channel Four Daily videos and were reminded of The Day Today and pondered whether there may have been an influence - you believe that there was no chance of this and have steamrolled a discussion that was based on a mere ponder. I think this argument should be settled with these two statements....
There is a chance that The Channel Four Daily influenced The Day Today production team
There is a chance the ITN graphics department, who probably worked on both shows, were influenced by their previous work
Last edited by DTV on 15 April 2016 10:02pm