Sunday, October 22, 2006

The BBC's Admitted Bias

A friend of mine, whose opinion I highly value, but whose politics I suspect are rather different from mine, sung the praises of the BBC recently. "They really have the best world news," He said. He was serious. I'm not sure how well I covered my incredulity. "Of course," he added, "they do seem to be anti-Israel." Oh, there's that little thing.

My mind replayed the multiple instances of serious propogandized moments at the BBC. The logic of trusting "most" of the news from a source where a huge chunk of it is obvious horse dooky didn't seem to trouble my friend. Now, when I see BBC, CNN (Saddam's Baghdad Bureau), Reuters (terrorist photogs, doctored photos, blatant lies), I just don't believe them. Add in the New York Times editorial page.

The Big Media worldwide display their bias a couple ways:

  1. Editting out news they don't want to "give oxygen"
  2. Ignoring stories that don't suit a political purpose
  3. Using questionable sources with blatant agendas, or terrorist agendas
  4. Manipulating news, pictures, polls to suit a perspective
  5. Outright lies
Here's what came out of the "secret meeting" to discuss the BBC's own bias. I actually find the discussions funny. Please read the whole article. To see these pseudo intellectuals bumble in circles also shows the absolute lack of moral compass. The compass is always set at "anything, but God, good, white, Christian, Israel or American goes":
At the secret meeting in London last month, which was hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley, BBC executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians.

One veteran BBC executive said: 'There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness.
Rooting out this nonsense would take a landmover, the bias is so widespread and deeply rooted. Here's an example:
Former BBC business editor Jeff Randall said he complained to a 'very senior news executive', about the BBC's pro-multicultural stance but was given the reply: 'The BBC is not neutral in multiculturalism: it believes in it and it promotes it.'

Randall also told how he once wore Union Jack cufflinks to work but was rebuked with: 'You can't do that, that's like the National Front!'

Quoting a George Orwell observation, Randall said that the BBC was full of intellectuals who 'would rather steal from a poor box than stand to attention during God Save The King'.
The British fund this nonsense. Much as we Americans fund NPR. Ah, NPR. I actually enjoy some of the offerings, and some of the BBC's (which end up on NPR like Frontline and some science shows), but they are biased.

Anything I read or see, I view with skepticism. Thankfully, this little Internets gizmo thingamabobby can help me sift through the perspectives to find the truth.

H/T Instapundit


Christy're said...

Thanks for posting this; I emailed the article to my British boss who still insists that while the American media may be biased, the British media is above it. Ha!

Dr. Melissa said...

Above bias? I can't think of anyone who is above bias. The question is honesty. Do we freely admit our bias? Do we acknowledge the filter we view all stimuli through?

Most of us aren't that self-aware.

Anonymous said...

Ah, NPR.

Check out the "VCPR" parody of NPR in Grand Theft Auto: Vice City sometime. (You have to listen to it in-game; it was never released on the soundtrack CDs.)