Biffa wrote:People (mostly politicians) who make a statement by asking themselves a question and then answering it, for example rather than saying...
I do not want to put crisps on my sandwich...
Would I want to put crisps on my sandwich? Of course not.
There is a good reason for doing this. When done in response to a question by an interviewer:
1 It gives them more time to think about an answer.
2 It allows their answer to be quoted or shown on screen without having the interviewer's question shown first. This is a preferred by the article writers/TV editors.
How often do you see the interviewer's quoted question which solicited the response in articles? It is always an article written around the quotes.
A good examples would be driver 'x' being asked about driver 'y' doing such and such, which results in a thread on the main forum titled "How dare 'x' say that!" as if 'x' called press conference to read a statement he had prepared. And so on... Button talking about Perez
and the resultant thread
on this forum, for example Though that thread doesn't follow the tone I stated, I couldn't be bothered to go further back to find an appropriate one, but you get the idea...
And yes, this is one of my annoyances and can lead me straight to the foe page in the user control panel, or at the very least to the post history before I decide that the original poster is totally devoid of any brain cells.
3 It can not be taken out of context without some naughty editing by the press/interviewer etc.