Good Morning Britain’s cameraman received high praise on Tuesday after cleverly pointing out a gaffe by a politician live on air.
Susanna Reid and Alastair Campbell had been interviewing Minister of Justice Kit Malthouse at the Conservative Party conference, where he claimed not to know were Prime Minister Boris Johnson was… despite being stood right next to him.
The hosts asked him whether he believed Mr Johnson – who himself ran away from GMB’s cameras – was ‘honest all the time’, to which he responded: ‘In my experience, yes he is.’
Susanna then ribbed him: ‘Are you having to say that because he’s sitting right next to you?’, to which Mr Malthouse responded: ‘No I don’t know, I have no idea where he is.’
However, his claims were instantly debunked as the cameraman panned across to show that the Prime Minister was in fact just feet away doing an interview of his own.
Mr Malthouse continued: ‘I have no idea where he is – oh, he’s right there.’
Trying to cover the awkward moment, the politician continued: ‘Is there any chance we can talk about something of substance and importance to the British people today?
‘I realise Alastair you’re there to try and make some kind of political point. I’m not sure everybody would regard you as an impartial observer of these matters. If you want to talk about crime or violence or some of those issues, I’m presenting myself to talk to you about that.’
Viewers of GMB were quick to take to Twitter to praise the crafty camerawork, writing: ‘Award for that camera operator’ and ‘Someone give that camera operator a raise/promotion/medal/all of the above.’
Others added: ‘Absolute genius camera work there!’ and ‘That’s just a beautiful piece of tv. Top camera operator.’
LBC’s James O’Brien commented: ‘This is magnificent TV. Bold, imaginative, seat-of-the-pants stuff & very risky. And almost all of the credit goes to people who are never seen on screen & whose names you don’t know.’
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays from 6am on ITV.
Credit: Original article published here.