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Monday, June 18, 2007

BBC admits left wing bias

Good. Now we just need to get to work on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, MSNBC, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, Reuters, and The Associated Press.

From This is London:

The BBC is criticised for its liberal leanings in an official report published today, leading to claims that the corporation is "institutionally biased". BBC bosses have been attacked for not reflecting a "broader range of views" and not thinking outside of its Left-leaning "comfort zone" in its programming.

The report, commissioned by the BBC, also attacks the way the corporation has pandered to politically motivated celebrities such as Bob Geldof and allowed schedules to be hijacked by special interest groups promoting trendy issues.

As part of the report's investigations, senior figures at the corporation were forced to admit it was guilty of promoting Left-wing views and an anti-Christian sentiment. It was also suggested that the BBC is guilty of political correctness, the overt promotion of multiculturalism and of being anti-American and against the countryside.

Tory MP Philip Davies, who is on the Commons media select committee, said: "This report merely confirms what a load of people have thought for a long time, that the BBC does have an institutional Left-wing bias."

The report, which has been in preparation since 2005, raises concerns that across comedy, drama and entertainment shows, the BBC has allowed itself to be used by some campaign groups.

It singles out the way that the BBC covered Live 8 and the Make Poverty History campaign, which was driven by Geldof, Bono and writer Richard Curtis.

As well as Live 8, the BBC also broadcast The Girl In The Cafe, a drama about an anti-poverty campaigner, and a Christmas edition of The Vicar Of Dibley on BBC1 which featured a minute-long clip of the Make Poverty History video.

The report claims that coverage of single-issue political causes, such as climate change and poverty, can be biased -- and is particularly critical of Live 8 coverage, which it says amounted to endorsement.

It warns that celebrities must not be pandered to and allowed to hijack the BBC schedule.

Newsbusters retorts:

Sound a little bit like what American media are doing with Al Gore's Live Earth concerts, and how they're pandering to global warming alarmists like Sheryl Crow, Laurie David, and Leonardo DiCaprio? Think our press organizations would even admit it?

They even admitted to the rampant anti-Americanism:

During the seminar a senior BBC reporter criticised the corporation for being anti-American.

What emerges from the report is a picture of an organisation with a liberal, anti-American bias and an almost teenage fascination with fashionable causes.

Well gee, you didn't need to have a report tell you that. I could've told them that mainstream media was "institutionally biased" to the left. Anyone with half a brain could've told them that.

And teenage fascination with fashionable causes? You just defined liberalism. Today's liberals are yesterday's upper-middle-class college kids bored with their own lives and therefore "protesting" anything they can to make themselves feel important. They still have that snotty college kid outlook -- they never grew up or matured beyond eighteen. That's why liberals fawn over a different cause every year or two, rather than committing themselves to one they actually believe in.

Think about it -- in the 70s it was supposed to be massive global cooling. In the 80s, it was AIDS. In the 90s it was population control. Now, they've moved onto global warming. They can't stick to one cause or one belief because they don't really believe in anything.

Just like the snotty college kid, they howl in protest over anything they can think of, usually to forward some kind of agenda.

And now, we have proof that the press is along for the ride. Not that we ever needed it. But as they say in rehab, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.

Next up, The Associated Press.


COPioneer said...

don't forget the ozone layer!