Saturday, June 23, 2007

BBC Bias

Officially approved by BBC
It's been a struggle involving a six inch nail stabbed into my thigh to stay awake, but I've had a go at reading the BBC Trust's report on "Safeguarding impartiality in the 21st century".

According to the BBC's own media correspondent, despite extensive reports to the contrary, the report does not say the BBC is institutionally biased to fashionable leftie causes and the celebs that go with them.

You could have fooled me.

True, it doesn't actually say "the BBC is institutionally biased", but it does say all kinds of things that give an extraordinary insight into the way they think.

For example, we all know how they promote the "green agenda" like it's gospel truth, and rarely if ever allow a contrary voice. But do you know why?

Here's why:

"The BBC has held a high-level seminar with some of the best scientific experts, and has come to the view that the weight of evidence no longer justifies equal space being given to the opponents of the consensus."

Did you know that?

On this highly contentious issue, where there has been virtually no proper public debate- certainly not on the BBC- the state broadcaster has held some private meeting, to which we pleb taxpayers were not invited, and decided to load its coverage in favour of Al Gore.

I'm sorry, but as a press-ganged customer of theirs, I want to hear the other side. And I don't just mean Ruth Lea being invited onto Any Questions and treated like she's a representative of the Flat Earth Society. I mean "balanced" coverage.

Justin Webb, BBC Washington correspondent, is quoted in the Report as saying "that so many Americans got their news from the internet that ‘it is now a commonplace in America to believe that all there is in the world is a set of competing opinions. There is not such a thing as judgment that is separate from those opinions.’ He argued that simply holding the ring was ‘journalism for scaredies. If we think that we have a role and something to say, we should have the guts to say it and stand behind it.’

Actually, I agree with the last bit of that, Justin. But wtf should you get a £3bn pa tax-funded platform to promote your particular opinions? Why shouldn't BBC opinions be forced to compete in the marketplace just like everyone else's?

Roll on privatisation.


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