Some links that provide an interesting perspective on the BBC:
Thanks to George R for this link:
This from the Telegraph illustrates the lack of knowledge about student loans….something that the BBC has done little to dispel…..its journalists often encouraging the idea that the loans are a massive weight around the necks of any potential student…putting them off from applying to university ….disproven by recent record applications.
A whole generation of young people has seen economic promises cancelled:
they will work probably until their late sixties, come out of university with
Martin Lewis thinks different…as do students now as they realise they have been lied to by the likes of Paul Mason:
Another year, another batch of A-level results, another host of fresh face young things cornered by concerned sympathetic TV and radio reporters asked “doesn’t the £50,000 student debt scare you?”
Yet again the fear factor is hyped by people ignorant of the system unnecessarily scaring many already disenfranchised youngsters away from higher education.
There is this from Janet Daley in the Telegraph:
Well that’s is one way of countering the criticism that your news presentation is biased against arguments from Right-of-centre think tanks. You just smear the Right-of-centre think tank that points it out as being politically motivated and biased against you.
Of course Daley is right the BBC fixes the game in its favour.
It carries out numerous internal reviews of its own journalism….
They frequently state that yes, we have been biased, in the past, but that has been sorted…we are now as impartial and balanced in our reporting as it is possible to be….impartiality is in our DNA.
The Balen Report, which seems destined never to see the light of day as it probably reveals that BBC journalists have sided with the Palestinians and helped foster an atmosphere of anti-Semitism around the world.
Of course they did publish a report which remarkably found them to be biased in favour of Israel:
One important feature of this is the failure to convey adequately the disparity in the Israeli and Palestinian experience, reflecting the fact that one side is in control and the other lives under occupation. Although this asymmetry does not necessarily bear on the relative merits of the two sides, it is so marked and important that coverage should succeed in this if in nothing else.
Then there is its review of its science coverage…carried out by Professor Steve Jones who is practically an employee of the BBC and who admitted his career was saved by the BBC.
Strangely he thought the BBC wasn’t biased…or rather wasn’t biased enough against climate change sceptics.
Then there was the shelved investigation into Saville…something it seems that Mark Thompson is still somewhat sensitive about and reluctant to chat about.
And then there is the BBC’s use of accountancy firm KPMG to investigate BBC severance pay offs to senior executives….a firm with which the BBC has a close working relationship….being the BBC’s own auditors but also a company that provides consultancy for the BBC, and has even presented the business news on the BBC.
So possibly not all that independent and critical when it comes to reviewing BBC performance.
I’m sure many of you can think of many more examples of the BBC covering its own tracks and doing what it can to hide evidence of bias or wrong doing.
Greg Dyke admitted in an interview with Garry Richardson that the BBC ‘had all the money and if you have all the money you’ve got a lot of power.’
Shame there seems to be a lack of responsibiltiy and accountability that usually goes with power.