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    More rubbish on the BBC


    by Sunny on 11th March, 2008 at 6:39 PM    

    Martin O’Neill has written this scathing piece in the New Statesman on Enoch Powell:

    But the BBC’s ‘Rivers of Blood’ was not that careful or balanced examination of Powell. Instead, it was a disgracefully misleading, cowardly, manipulative and politically irresponsible programme, which brings great discredit to Denys Blakeway for directing it, and to the BBC for showing it.

    I’ll begin with the ways in which Blakeway’s documentary is misleading. Despite trumpeting itself as an effort to get at the truth about “the most misquoted speech of the twentieth century”, the film was selective in its attention and extremely telling in what it left out.

    Read the whole article. This seems to be a broader trend whenever the BBC gets all “provocative” these days about its programming around immigration, Muslims or the white working classes. They are after all zoo monkeys that should be seen through special seasons and not regular programming, right?

    This afternoon I was invited to take part in a Radio 4 programme on this season again (feeling guilty BBC producers?) and I made this point: the problem here is of class not race. After all, brown working class people also suffer from political apathy, low achievement and poverty. The presenter was almost surprised that I said that in certain cases class trumped race and brown working class people may be equally angry about immigration affecting their local area. Lo and behold, his co-presenter made some idiotic remark that because white working classes were more secular, and Asian working classes more religious, it meant the two cases were very different. Where do they hire these people from? Even if religion plays a part, and I’m not sure how it does, how would this apply to black working class families? Before I could adequately respond, they had moved on to another caller.

    Looks like BBC producers have become so scared of being called ‘politically correct’ that it seems they go out of their way to prove the opposite. Its just embarassingly bad journalism. No doubt its producers think that all this criticism is further evidence of how “fearlessly provocative” they are. Sheesh.


         
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    1. More rubbish on the BBC

      [...] Michelle Malkin wrote an interesting post today onHere’s a quick excerptAfter all, brown working class people also suffer from political apathy, low achievement and poverty. The presenter was almost surprised that I said that in certain cases class trumped race and brown working class people may be equally … [...]



    1. Ravi Naik — on 12th March, 2008 at 2:31 AM  

      “The presenter was almost surprised that I said that in certain cases class trumped race and brown working class people may be equally angry about immigration affecting their local area. Lo and behold, his co-presenter made some idiotic remark that because white working classes were more secular, and Asian working classes more religious, it meant the two cases were very different”

      Very interesting. I totally agree that it has everything to do with class, and I cannot see what religion has anything to do with it. But that is the narrative and the conventional wisdom, right? Fucking retards.

      “Looks like BBC producers have become so scared of being called ‘politically correct’ that it seems they go out of their way to prove the opposite. Its just embarassingly bad journalism. No doubt its producers think that all this criticism is further evidence of how “fearlessly provocative” they are. Sheesh.”

      And to think we are paying for it.

    2. Parvinder Singh — on 12th March, 2008 at 12:57 PM  

      The programme seemed to be suggesting that Mr Powell was right all along. Images of the riots of the 80s and more recent, 7/7: well I did warn you!
      I agree with Martin O’Neill that it was very selective and misleading. What is the beeb playing at? Middle class and PC guilt all rolled into one.

      To be fair to the BBC, ‘White girl’ and the ‘Poles are coming’ haven’t been that bad.

      On a different, but not too unconnected note, a few years ago, I, like many others, were privilege to listen to Leon Greenman’ testimony. He will be solely missed but his message preserved always as a reminder of how views of the likes of Mr Powell, the BNP and sections of the media can, if unchallenged, eventually lead to:

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/10/secondworldwar?gusrc=rss&feed=worldnews

    3. Boyo — on 13th March, 2008 at 8:39 AM  

      “The presenter was almost surprised that I said that in certain cases class trumped race and brown working class people may be equally angry about immigration affecting their local area. Lo and behold, his co-presenter made some idiotic remark that because white working classes were more secular, and Asian working classes more religious, it meant the two cases were very different”.

      Quite, and no wonder they quickly tried to scotch it: you’re letting the cat out of the bag. I read somewhere else the other day that “no one talks about class any more” so well done for doing so: because at the end of the day it’s all about power.

      The elite like immigration not least because they can emphasise race (and those terrible racist WWC). The last thing they want is their grateful immigrants to develop class consciousness (don’t they have “religion”?) - they’ll have to think up other ways to cling on to their power, um, like property-driven school catchment areas, tuition fees … plastic bullets…

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