HOBSON’S CHOICE

If you use the BBC News website’s ‘Search’ function, as many do, you’ll find that broad categories have a right-hand section where BBC editors recommend sites ‘elsewhere on the web’ for readers to investigate. Some of these (usually links to newspapers or news agencies) are regularly updated. Others are much more permanent choices, staying up for several months. The three examples below have been the editor’s choice for over half a year now (at the very least). Do they provide BBC Online readers with a fair spread of opinion? Hardly.

Type in ‘Climate Change’ and the two other sites permanently linked to are:
The Met Office
Greenpeace International

Type in ‘Wind Farms’ and the permanent Editor’s Choices are:
Renewable UK
“Renewable UK, formerly the British Wind Energy Association, the professional body for the UK’s wind and marine industries, providing news, links and downloadable resources”
Yes2Wind
“Learn about the Yes2Wind campaign to use wind energy to tackle global warming”
(Incidentally, there is also a No2Wind website, which the BBC chooses not to link to).

Finally, type in ‘European Union’ and the only other site on the web permanently linked to is:
Europa
(the official website of the European Union)

P.S. Happy Easter!

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3 Responses to HOBSON’S CHOICE

  1. cjhartnett says:

    Was looking through last years diary.
    Turns out today is Earth Day-no don`t aske me either!
    Said it was just a USA thing back then-but turns out that Google are flagging up today with this. Good Friday-hardly bruv!
    I`m no conspiracy theorist but when you elect to use some Google header with Earth Day and not the Christian iconography of Good Friday then we have a problem.
    Anyone but Google from now on then!

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  2. My Site (click to edit) says:

    I wonder what happens if you type in ‘impartiality’?

    Looking at the above selection, I am pretty sure the answer(s) will be unique, a the very least.

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  3. Natsman says:

    This is more like the truth…

    http://climaterealists.com/?id=7582

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