The BBC has decided its image needs a bit of a burnish…so it decided to look through the archives, find times when it was mired in controversy and catching some flak.
It then does what the BBC does best….rewrite history….funnily enough with the BBC always coming out on top having been ‘proved’ right all along in the end.
Eight programmes of ‘Battle For The Airwaves’ presented by Nick Robinson…..The series examines the struggles between broadcasters and politicians…..the 1936 general strike, Churchill in the 1930′s, Suez, Labour in the 1970′s, Northern Ireland, the Falklands, the Iraq war and present day relations with politicians.
As Nick Robinson says:
‘Good old BBC Radio 4 have made every episode of my recent series Battle for the Airwaves available on iPlayer for the next year.’
Funny what they make available for the longest time on iPlayer.
I listened to ‘Churchill’ and the ‘Iraq War’ programmes….couldn’t listen to any more.
None of it was really the BBC’s fault…it was all really government pressure that kept Churchill and his anti-appeasement views off the BBC…and as for the Iraq War…well the BBC were ‘caught between a (bullying) government determined to prove that war was both necessary and just and its opponents who insisted it was premature, immoral and based on a lie…..and Greg Dyke only wanted to prove his independence against a bullying government.’ .
Apparently the ‘Public’ all knew ‘Hutton’ was a whitewash and loved the BBC ever more because of it.
Robinson signs off with the claim that the ‘Battle For The Airwaves’ over the Iraq War was the only one that cost a man’s life…that of David Kelly.
I might suggest otherwise….the BBC’s whole coverage of the Afghan and Iraq wars has cost the lives of many people…both allied forces and civilians. The keeping of Churchill off the airwaves contributed to the appeasing of Hitler and the token opposition to his actions. The BBC’s coverage of the Falklands just gives further encouragement to Argentina. Its coverage of Northern Ireland gave the ‘oxygen of publicity’ to terrorists…as its constant excuses for Islamic terrorism does today. Its position on Suez led to historic consequences as Britian was forced to withdraw with its tail between its legs by the Yanks.
Its coverage of Europe has given cover to politicians who want to move ever closer to European integration even as Europe ‘burns’ around us.
Its coverage of immigration has allowed politicians to do as they like destroying a society and a culture without account…..600,000 native Brits forced out of London alone.
Its coverage of the economy has allowed Labour to keep its head afloat with the ability to deny all responsibility for the economic disaster it engineered.
And of course its recent coverage of the Middle East has meant that Jews around the world face rising anti-Semitism and conflicts are prolonged without resolution as Israel is constantly held back from finishing the job by a barrage of negative media reports influencing politicians….Blair of course being forced out of government by his support for Israel in Lebanon.
Here’s an idea for another programme…’What would Britain be like if the BBC didn’t exist?’