The BBC has become the new priesthood according to Ed West.
Here Ed West, the deputy editor of the Catholic Herald and commentator in the Telegraph, tell us he believes the BBC is biased against the Church and why the power of the BBC is damaging to Society (via Is the BBC biased? )
I love the BBC, I grew up with it. I love its comedy, its documentary making and all those great programmes. It’s a great British institution.
I feel it’s very much part of our culture and forms our national culture.
My problem with it and why I say it’s not a friend of the Church is simply that it does have a liberal bias, I don’t think most people there would even deny that.
But the main problem is the size of it, the power it has over British society.
It’s not just that it might view the Church sceptically, although it does, but that it’s almost a Church in itself.
It has the same moral authority that the Church once would have had, it’s almost setting the moral agenda in the way that the Church of England once did and once again people with personal views are considered outside of communion with Society.
The BBC supports equality and diversity, these sort of views that good liberal people are supposed to have.
The BBC considers it is intrinsically good to mock and be hostile to the Catholic Church but also to suburban, middle class people, Ulster Unionists, Israelis and various other groups, but there are other groups that automatically can’t be mocked such as the NHS or the UN for example and the Church very much falls into the former category.
It matters because the BBC has such an influence on wider society.
The general view amongst the British population who are asked what comes to mind when they think of the Catholic Church mostly have ideas based on sexuality.
The BBC is very effective at spreading certain ideas such as the Catholic Church is culpable for spreading HIV …..the BBC is a particularly powerful disseminator of this sort of idea of religion.