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Today’s BBC One O’Clock News bulletin

informed us that John Prescott said “sorry” for letting people down. They must have been watching a different John Prescott speech than the one he made at the Labour Party Conference in Manchester – because that John Prescott only apologised to the Labour Party, not the electorate at large.

Later in the bulletin, they reported on the move of Top Gear presenter Richard Hammond from a hospital in Leeds to a hospital in Bristol. The BBC’s reporter, “Going Live” from outside the hospital, waxed on about the superb facilities of the hospital, which we could see over her shoulder is a BUPA hospital. Usually the BBC house style demands that such establishments are prefixed with the pejorative term (to the BBC at least), ‘private’, but not on this occasion it seems. I wonder if the BBC are picking up the bill for Mr. Hammond’s stay.

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On last night’s BBC Six O’Clock News,

the judge named in the blackmail case that finished at the Old Bailey yesterday was referred to as Ilyas Khan and Mr. Khan. Curiously, other news outlets, including the BBC Ten O’Clock News, used the judge’s full name – Mohammed Ilyas Khan. Doubtless the Six’s omission was for lack of space.

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Only On the BBC …

Could the main Radio Four news headline be that “London’s busiest jail is overrun with cockroaches and rats”.

Not only that, but apparently officers didn’t always treat the inmates with respect – some of them apparently considering themselves to be a cut above the inmates. How judgemental can you get ?

You can’t say our national broadcaster doesn’t have its finger on the concerns of the average Briton.

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Green Helmet rides again.

Michael Medved (presumably this Michael Medved whom I didn’t know until today was also this Michael Medved) writes:

I would like to send you the following link from the BBC:

“Lebanon’s president castigates UN”

“Showing a picture of a child killed in the conflict, Mr Lahoud asked: “How
many, children like this one here are going to die because nobody does anything for them?”

It’s interesting to notice that the photo shows nobody else but the notorious “Green Helmet”, carrying the same (freshly or for a long time)dead children relentlessly into the cameras over and over again at different locations in Lebanon.”

Green Helmet was first spotted by Richard North of EU Referendum. Here’s a You Tube clip of GH at work.

I am a kindly soul and I did wonder if it were not over-demanding to expect the BBC to zoom in and comment on some bit of paper in the hand of a national leader present at a UN meeting. Then again, they managed to zoom in and comment on this, so why not?

By the way, hello again. I have about a squidgzillion other emails in my in box. Some of them might even get posted.

UPDATE: Actually, it turns out that it’s a different Michael Medved. The Michael Medved whose email is quoted above writes that he is often mistaken for the US talk show host, and “I kind of got used to it :-)”

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What we need to know…

“In an appearance at London’s Royal Albert Hall, former US President Bill Clinton charmed his audience in a wide-ranging talk.” Talk about a love-in. Telly taxpayers pay for this stuff. But I guess that’s just what the BBC do.

Oops- maybe I got the photo and text confused. Find out what Bill Clinton did recently that was really newsworthy here (video) or here (text).

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From an otherwise reasonable article…

“Religious fears force off opera

A Berlin opera company cancelled a Mozart production over security fears because it features the severed heads of the Prophet Muhammad and Jesus.”

article here

1)The Mozart opera was not cancelled due to fear of “religion”.

2)It was not for the offence given by the (staged, obviously!) severed head of Jesus that the Mozart opera was cancelled.

3)If the cancelling of the Mozart opera had anything to do with Jesus, the artist pictured below would be living with a permanent threat of death hanging over him, like Salman Rushdie.

(if anyone says that this blog is fixated on Islam/Muslims/racist etc, bring it on say I. This blog is focussed on BBC bias, and just now the BBC is far from objective when confronted with Islamic fascism. They are fixated on truth avoidance, like rabbits in the headlights of history. So there.)

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Open Question

DFH pointed out that this recent article on Iran by Frances Harrison met with the approval of MPACUK.

What do you think? I haven’t time to go a’fisking, but it seems to me a case of the BBC celebrating dhimmitude. Here are two articles to start you off: Here and Here

This could be point one:

1) There are 25,000 Jews (est) in Iran. Our Frances says “few know that Iran is home to the largest number of Jews anywhere in the Middle East outside Israel.”

Nope- knew that. What I didn’t know, actually, was that it had dropped from 80,000 at the time of the Khomeniac revolution. Strangely Frances didn’t have the figure handy for that one, and leaves it until the end of the article to point out that there has been an exodus connected with the Islamic revolution at all:

“The exodus of Jews from Iran seems to have slowed down – the first wave was in the 1950s and the second was in the wake of the Iranian Revolution.”

So, the first wave was in the 50′s (guess why, anyone?), and the second in the 80′s (guess why?- different reason I would venture).

Please add your observations. I loveclose observations.

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Hey baby.

The BBC on Russian demographics: wrong, wrong, ah, right- cheers Russian Prof. How did I miss that on the BBC’s frontpage? (I commented on the BBC’s clueless approach back in April; soon afterwards came Putin’s dramatic speech emphasising the demographic crisis- somehow this follow up article escaped me). I think a really important public service would have been to run a series looking at Russia’s (and European countries’) growing demographic deficits, analysing the impacts of them and the people who are concerned about them. It could have started with a feature interviewing Mark Steyn…

However the BBC’s attempted approach to the subject was a “series about motherhood and the role of the state in encouraging couples to have more children”, and as the links above show, they were starting from shaky, wishful foundations. Something also tells me they wanted to avoid the M word.

Talk about beating about the bush! It’s the demography, stupid!

But if we were to take the human interest tack, what about the role of the state in suffocating family life? No go? Thought not.

As with most of the things one feels moved to comment on regarding the BBC, it’s auntie’s sad and unsustainable flight from reality that’s on the table.

btw I think this photo’s an improvement on the last one, don’t you? Sorry to anyone who found that upsetting

ps. Two reasons I think the story about demographics is one the BBC really ought to have had thoroughly covered in recent years: here and here for China issues. Here for the M word.

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Violence sweeps Iraq on Ramadan

Whose calendar?

“Violence sweeps Iraq on Ramadan”

Two problems, maybe three, or more, with this headline and splash across BBConline frontpage tonight.

1)The violence alluded to appears no worse than on many other days in Iraq over the last couple of years. Loathe as I am to follow the body count rule of headlines, this doesn’t seem to qualify for the big splash effect.

2)The violence alluded to has occurred at two or three discrete locations, particularly one site in Baghdad where a disgusting car bomb killed many. Terrible, but not ‘sweeping’ Iraq.

3)What’s all this business about Ramadan? To 90 percent (plus) of the BBC’s telly taxpayers it has zero significance. If it’s the justification for the headlines then to whom is the BBC directing its coverage? I have no objection to a World News facility but not divorced from the UK ta very much.

As a sidenote, I would say that the BBC’s wrapping in this story with one about torture is a classic example of unwarranted generalism for emotional impact (so I hope no one objects that the picture is irrelevant- all complaints directed to BBConline). Notice how the headline in this case “Iraq engulfed by tide of violence”deliberately elides the distinctions between issues. Notice also that this article, from John Simpson, was posted in the “Americas” section. I wonder why?

Never one to miss an opportunity to bash the Yanks, Simpson brought a bitter smile to my face by saying “The Americans have never put enough foot patrols in the streets, and they long ago lost control of many towns and cities as a result.” Yeah right, John- love that hauteur, btw, so BBC- as if your organisation didn’t herald every US casualty as a sign that things were “spiralling out of control”, as a sign that the “cakewalk” was turning to “quagmire”.

The cravenness and opportunism of the BBC. Nice.

Meanwhile, if you waded through the quagmire treacle, or picked up on a short note towards the beginning of the BBC’s tidings of woe, you’d have found a really good piece of news which is better summarised here.

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