It is customary for news providers to only bring us the bad news…bad news sells.
As former American vice-president Spiro Agnew said: ‘Bad news drives out good news.’
The BBC has become a pioneer of a new type of journalism in which only good news is broadcast….at least when the news comes from Germany.
Germany is a happy land, happy to be in the Euro, happy to have divested itself of its reliable nuclear power and gone for wind instead….they can always buy in extra power from France’s nuclear industry, the Germans happily assimilate their immigrant population without trouble and Germany looks on with paternal pride as Italy, Greece and Spain bow to Teutonic common sense and apply the austerity poultice to their economies without complaint.
It would serve no purpose to convey bad news all the way from Germany just for your delictae ears. There is none anyway.
And this is just a misprint in Der Spiegel:
The BBC don’t seem interested in what seems a major wrinkle in the Green debate.
It might be over the top to suggest the BBC is censoring particular types of stories but it looks as if it almost certainly definitely does.
However the BBC does bring us uplifting, heart warming and inspirational tales of struggle and personal courage as in this tale of an immigrant battling Germany’s Nazi past:
Seven-year-old Timnit Mesghena is an avid reader. In the evenings, she and her father like to sit on the sofa in their flat in Berlin and read to each other. They present an easy picture of family happiness.
One of their favourites is the classic children’s book, The Little Witch, an enchanting tale of a witch who flies and birds who talk.
But one day they reached page 94, and a difficult word came up. It was neger, describing a black boy. It is true that it can mean “negro” in German, but it also means the utterly offensive “******”. When the book was written, the former may have been true – but now it is more like the latter.
Timnit’s father, Mekonnen, had no doubts. He is black, originally from Eritrea, and found the word completely unacceptable.
“It made me very angry,” he says. “I know that people use that word to insult me or to give me the sense of not belonging.”
Always fascinating what catches the eye of the BBC editors.