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BBC bias on the Media Guardian podcast

Posted By Sunny On 21st September, 2007 @ 4:33 pm In Media | Comments Disabled

I was interviewed for the Media Guardian weekly podcast about [1] my CIF article on why the liberal-left should go on the offensive regarding BBC editorial policy.
It has just been published online. You can listen to the [2] podcast from here.

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#1 Comment By newmania On 25th September, 2007 @ 11:10 am

I was thinking about that

Revealing in the article in the Media Guardian today by lefty tart Peter Wilby.
‘Why Right wingers are on the warpath ‘, it follows the current left formula of claiming he gets a bit peeved with the BBC as well, but due to his greater commitment to impartial truth he will put up with it ….,( insert own swear word). His thesis is that the papers are now competing with the BBC on unfair terms on the internet which is why the are especially vituperative…(good point but not for the BBC methinks ), and then there is a nice demonstration of why the BBC simply cannot continue in its current form.

I quote ( with comments I could not resist)

“ But let us be clear what is happening here( he says ) . A business strategy has come happily together with a political agenda . And the aim of the latter is to later the definition of the ‘middle ground ‘ (No just to present it as what it is ) in British life , moving it to the right of any government of the past thirty years ( I think he means the last ten years ….). This would include debating the reintroduction of the gallows ( and why not !!!); raising the temperature on immigration and race relations (Would the truth do that then ? ).; and treating withdrawal from the European Union as a serious option ( In the sense the country does you mean ?). Most important it includes taking a neutral position on global warming and airing the view that it is the invention of climate scientists who are all dedicated anti capitalists .( Well…..I wouldn’t out it like that but …basically yes it is unbalanced as it is ).

(Now this is the key passage in which we see what he think of those who are sceptical of eco fascists or socially conservative in various ways )

I accept that a significant minority of Britons agree with the sceptics ( So significant that it is in fact a majority). Significant minorities are also sceptical of Darwinism, Arab ( does he mean Muslims ?) responsibility for 9.11 and Elvis Presley’s death.

What significant minority disputes Darwinism ?0.5% ?
Can he really claim that scepticism of certain well financed and politically motivated models of climate change is the same as dismissing all of science in effect on the basis of religious belief (which creationism does ) ?Rubbish it is now common knowledge that at the very least exaggerated claim have been made this is a dispute more akin to differing models of Darwinism such as punctuated equilibrium and so on.
Who disputes responsibility for 9.11 A small brain washed religious community of no significance whatsoever.
Who disputes the death of Elvis . Mad people

Who supports the death penalty …about 70%
Who is strongly sceptical of Europe …The majority( hence no referendum,)
Who feels that immigration is too high . Almost everyone !!!

His version of the middle ground requires the subjective belief that various shades of opinion held by the majority and of all educational levels and back grounds are in some way of less value that his beliefs. They can be dismissed in the way a tiny minority of religious extremists and loons can be dismissed. The only possible explanation is that he thinks he is better than everyone lese. I believe the contrary view that he us an arrogant fatuous and barely adult level collumnist e should be available as well . I tend to the latter position

#2 Trackback By Live Journal On 7th October, 2007 @ 3:50 pm

Live Journal…

I couldn’t understand some parts of this article, but it sounds interesting…

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URLs in this post:
[1] my CIF article: http://commentisfree.guardian.co.uk/sunny_hundal/2007/09/liberals_abandon_the_bbc.html
[2] podcast from here: http://blogs.guardian.co.uk/organgrinder/2007/09/media_talk_for_friday_septembe_1.html