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Monday, June 18, 2007

Even BBC Admits BBC Biased

Further news from the obvious; the BBC is biased towards the Left and against America.

We would never have known had we not run across this report from the BBC:

The BBC has failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff, a report commissioned by the corporation has concluded.

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.

Of course, the report tries to weasel out of it by claiming that the bias is limited to those types of fluff shows that cover celebrities and not in other areas:

After a year-long investigation the report, published today, maintains that the corporation’s coverage of day-to-day politics is fair and impartial.
Which is so fucking laughable that it doesn't even pass a basic reality test. One only needs to look at the BBC's coverage of the Palestinian civil war in Gaza to get some understanding. Once violence broke out in earnest between Fatah and Hamas, Kid Various delighted in the thought that BBC "journalists" must have been tying themselves in knots trying to figure out a way to blame Israel for the situation. Turns out, it wasn't that hard. As noted by Melanie Phillips:

And on Newsnight last night, Gavin Esler suggested that the fact that in Lebanon there was trouble, in the West Bank there were problems and in Gaza there was chaos was all Israel’s fault. So let’s get this right: when Israel is in occupation, it is blamed. When it is not in occupation, it is blamed. And above all, when it is the victim of genocidal assault, it is blamed for being the cause of regional instability. The fact that Israel is actually the principal victim and target of that instability is turned on its head. The fact that it is indeed now hemmed in by a pincer of annihilation in Lebanon, Gaza and the West Bank shows, to the BBC mind, that it is Israel that is to blame — for the ‘trouble’, ‘problems’ and ‘chaos’ besetting its attackers!

Absolutely incredible.


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