Harrabin the denier

How wonderful it is that my debut post here on Biased BBC times perfectly with a nugget of a post over at Bishop Hill, which underlines the BBC’s reputation for telling half the story all the time.

The subject is climate change, so once again our eyes turn towards the Socratic wonder that is the BBC Environment Analyst, Roger Harrabin. Speaking as a member of what appears to have been a panel of prestige-laden experts in front of an invited audience a few months ago, Harrabin had this to say:

What we appear to have constructed in climate change is a bunch of people who say, ‘I’m really worried about the future. I’m really worried about climate change’; a small group of people who say, ‘I don’t give a damn. It’s not going to happen. Humans can’t change the planet’; and quite a lot of people in the middle who say, ‘Well actually, I don’t know. I hear these competing voices and I don’t know’.

Biased to his rent seeking, vested interest heavy core, one notices how Harrabin is yet again distorting reality. Where in his analysis is any mention of the overwhelming of climate change sceptics who say, ‘The climate is changing and always has; and scientific evidence shows it has been both warmer and cooler in the past as a result of natural factors we aren’t even close to understanding, therefore mankind’s influence could very well be grossly overstated’?

Harrabin has deliberately set out yet again to paint what passes for debate about climate change as warmists on one side and ‘deniers’ on the other, while airbrushing mainstream scepticism out of the story. This is another example of the bias at the heart of our public sector broadcaster, which consistently abuses its monopoly on ‘news’ reporting to condition the mindset of those compelled to pay for such output.

Far from climate change sceptics being deniers, the real deniers are the likes of Roger Harrabin, who load their reportage with bias and distortions and ‘educate’ fellow Beeboids to adopt the same narrative.

The BBC, it’s what they do.

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22 Responses to Harrabin the denier

  1. David vance says:

    A very warm welcome to Biased BBC and I’m sure all our regulars will look forward to further posts! Say Hi to Autonomous Mind!

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    • Asuka Langley Soryu says:

      Hi Autonomous Mind.

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    • Autonomous Mind says:

      Many thanks for the welcome! I’m very pleased to have joined the team and hope to do my bit in exposing the BBC’s disgraceful lack of balance.

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  2. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Well said, AM, and welcome.

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  3. Frederick Bloggs says:

    Check out the document (see link at BH). See especially page 45 where Marcus Brigstocke states the following (the emphasis was in the original)  
     
    ” I could have written a two-hour stand-up show about climate change quite easily by now but there is absolutely no point because the only people who would come and see it already   
    agree with me. So the approach I’ve taken is to drip feed it into EVERYTHING THAT I DO, whenever I’m on the radio or doing a stand-up show on any subject, to try and keep it in there just a little bit. People are on to me, it’s no sleight of hand — they know what to expect when I appear. In terms of creating comedy one of the easiest routes has been to mock the people who think that it’s not happening, because I find them easily mock-able. They will say a great deal but when questioned they haven’t read anything. For   
    me, what’s been more challenging has been to take the idea of sustainability and ‘green living’ — for want of a better expression — and express the positive in it, and how much I’ve enjoyed it.” 

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    • ltwf1964 says:

      but we all know that he am a twat :-D

      so he’s to be ignored at all costs

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    • matthew rowe says:

      Oh right so his act is supposed to make me love heaters ??
      Funny as all I have picked up from his bilge is that I am looking /listening to a fat bigoted  useless over blown ego maniac with all the comic timing of a dead polar bear with  bronchitis!

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    • Roland Deschain says:

      “In terms of creating comedy one of the easiest routes has been to mock the people who think that it’s not happening”

      Evidently Mr Brigstocke’s idea of comedy differs from mine.  I had thought it was supposed to be funny.

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    • Span Ows says:

      check what he is saying, this is the snide, “In terms of creating comedy one of the easiest routes has been to mock the people who think that it’s not happening

      NOBODY, absolutely nobody, thinks it’s “not happening”.

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  4. George R says:

     BBC-NUJ (inc Harrabin) propagandises and campaigns against ‘dangerous’ fracking, not for ‘more plentiful gas’ fracking.

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  5. Cassandra King says:

    “What we appear to have constructed in climate change is a BUNCH of people who say, ‘I’m really worried about the future. I’m really worried about climate change’; a SMALL group of people who say, ‘I don’t give a damn.”

    Hey, a small group of deniers against a bunch of cultists? How many cultists do you get in a bunch? A bunch of cultists…Hmmm.. a cunch of bunts?

    How big is a small group of deniers? Are we able to fit into a phone booth? In fact far from being a small group we are millions strong, if that is small then I wonder what a bunch consists of!

    Oh and all those ignorant people in the middle, oh those poor confused sheeple who need to be indoctrinated, who could not possibly make up their own minds, who are so easily confused by simple facts or are not able to read a book or find out the facts for themselves and who supposedly need to be fed the ‘facts’ by the BBC. WTF?

    All those people just waiting to be told and the BBC has appointed itself to their teachers, who have taken it upon themselves to protect these innocent trusting but wholly ignorant masses the truth as devined by the BBC and who have very kindly taken on the task of silencing the deniers just in case they confuse the many sheeple.

    In fact this highlights perfectly the utter contempt of the BBC toward ordinary people, they truly believe that the majority cannot think for themselves and would be easily confused if presented with more than one choice. They dont think very much of us do they?

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    • ltwf1964 says:

      it justs goes to show that if you give a lefty a microphone,there is no wnd to the utter BS they will spout……

      someone cut the cable in 2012…..please

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    • Roy Stirred-Oyster says:

      The BBC has long since appointed itself to the role of “Conscience of The Nation”

      Eductate and Inform in their own likeness. You know it’s good for you.

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  6. ian says:

    On a related note, has anyone got any idea how many people are on license fee strike so far? I can only assume that quite a few are because 1) the beeb has got more biased over the years, not just on warmism, which of course goes against the impartiality stuff and 2) Capita have become increasingly thuggish over the years, to maybe frighten impartiality-lovers into coughing up. 

    I would imagine that the percentage of non-payers is greatest in Northern Ireland owing to the corporation’s long-standing propaganda effort on behalf of IRA/Sinn Fein. It is interesting to speculate on just when the point will be reached when the court backlog of non-payment cases – on the mainland as well as in Ulster – is so great that only the most stupid/leftist/both will still be paying this poll tax. 

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  7. Number 7 says:

    And there is more - this time from Anthony Watts.

    Harrabin asking the IPCC for suggestions on reporting!!!

    http://wattsupwiththat.com/2011/12/27/oh-this-is-rich-bbcs-harrabin-asks-cru-for-programming-advice/#more-53745

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  8. Cassandra King says:

    The BBC is impartial isnt it? This is the claim, they have no skin in the game they claim. Here is an email from Roger Harrabin to the CRU fraudsters begging for ideas how the CAGW fraud can be peddled by the BBC. Now David Gregory claims that the climategate emails are of no interest but email 3757 shows us the real BBC in action. This is at the start of the BBCs propaganda offensive to insert CAGW propaganda into its general programming. This is the BBC in action and it turns out they do have skin in the game and they are collaborating with the CAGW fraudsters.

    “We are writing to some alumni of the University of Cambridge Media and Environment seminars gathering ideas for the BBC’s coverage of the Rio+10 Earth Summit in a year’s time. Before the Rio summit, the BBC held the One World festival, which included some memorable broadcasting – particularly a feature drama on refugees. Some broadcasting is already in the pipeline that will relate to the themes of Rio+ 10, but this is an open opportunity for you to put forward ideas that will be collated and circulated amongst relevant BBC decision-makers.”

    This is the reality behind the lies, this is the real BBC in action and a million miles away from their claims, from the lies peddled by Gregory and the BBC. Go to WUWT for the full email.

    THE BBC: we lie and we deceive, but its all in a good cause right?

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  9. Cassandra King says:

    Here is another report that the BBC will never allow on air, it is the real cost of the windmill fraud, the bias never stops, the lies never cease, the BBC in action.

    £10m cost of turning OFF British wind farms

    Wind farm operators are on course to earn up to £10 million this year for turning off their turbines.

    Official figures disclosed that 17 operators were paid almost £7 million for shutting down their farms on almost 40 ­occasions between January and mid-September. Continuing to make payments at that rate would lead to householders paying out £9.9 million in 2011 for operators to disconnect their turbines from the National Grid.

    The scale of the payments triggered a review of the rules on so-called constraint payments. The payments are made when too much electricity floods the grid, with the network unable to absorb any excess power generated. The money is ultimately added on to household bills and paid for by consumers.

    Last year, only £176,788 of such payments were made, but changes in the way the National Grid, which supplies energy to retail companies, “balances” the electricity network have meant a huge expansion in their use.

    The rules meant that some renewable energy companies were paid more to switch off their turbines than they would have received from ordinary operations.

    In September, it was disclosed that £1.2 million would go to a Norwegian company that owned 60 turbines in the Scottish Borders, thanks to a period of unusually high wind during the spring. Because of the rising cost, the National Grid “balancing” system could now be overhauled to reduce the use of constraint payments.

    Constraint payments have added to political and public hostility to onshore wind farms. A growing number of Conservative MPs are opposed to Coalition plans to increase the number of wind turbines. Ministers say Britain needs more “renewable” energy generation to reduce the dependence on gas imported from Russia and the Middle East.

    Chris Heaton Harris, a Conservative MP, said the unpopularity of wind farms was eroding support for all sorts of renewable power. “I know from my mailbag and from the number of emails I receive every day on the matter that people are turning against renewables of just about every type because wind turbines are, among other things, so badly sold,” he said.

    “Onshore wind generation requires a 100 per cent back-up of carbon-burning technology or nuclear energy, should the wind not blow, and in addition to the devastation of the visual environment there are the problems of noise and flicker. They are the wrong renewables choice.”

    The turbine industry says that constraint payments are a sign of problems with the National Grid, and not the turbines themselves. Charles Hendry, an energy minister, confirmed the latest payments, and said the system the National Grid used to calculate the fees was being reviewed.

    “Reducing or increasing the output of generators is a normal part of National Grid’s role to balance supply and demand, and it will pick the most cost-effective way to deliver what is required,” he said. “However, the recent requirement to use wind farms to manage the system has raised questions as to whether the current market-wide balancing arrangements for wind are appropriate. “National Grid has launched a consultation to seek views on the issues involved.”

    SOURCE

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