The boss of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, said he was ‘spitting blood’ about the ‘attacks’…he claims the ‘attack dogs’ were set on him by Michael Gove.
Apparently Sir Michael Wilshaw believes he is above criticism.
The BBC seems to agree…at least when it is from ‘Right leaning’ think tanks…or ‘rightwing’ think tanks as they described them on Today this morning.
They are happy to repeat the very political choice of words used…using ‘attack’ in the headline instead of ‘criticism’…which gives the impression of a determined attempt to undermine Ofsted and to destroy it.
Wilshaw is the one doing the ‘attacking’ with intemperate language and ill-judged refusal to accept criticism….all seemingly backed up by the BBC.
The categorisation of the criticism as ‘rightwing’ clearly demonstrates the intent to discredit the source and label the criticism as purely ideological rather based on any substance.
However…..from the ‘leftwing’ Demos:
School inspections deeply toxic, thinktank says
Demos report recommends schools collect views of teachers, students and parents instead of using Ofsted inspectors
Teachers call for Ofsted chief to resign
The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for the resignation of Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw over claims he is demoralising teachers.
Ofsted inspections ‘unsatisfactory’ for infants & toddlers
Ofsted chided for poor child-care judgements
No sign of the political nature of the LibDems support for Sally Morgan and Ofsted in this BBC report:
Ofsted should inspect academy chains – Lib Dems
The removal of Sally Morgan was politically motivated?…but Laws defence of her wasn’t? You wouldn’t know there was an election coming.
You may notice that everything the Tories do now is categorised as ‘electioneering’ whilst Labour and the LibDems usually manage to avoid such labeling…especially by the BBC’s Chris Mason.
and…It seems if you are a ‘leftwing’ thnk tank criticism of Ofsted is permissible and justified…if you are a ‘rightwing’ think tank it isn’t.
The BBC ‘poisoning the well of democratic debate’? You could say so…though John Humphrys claims it isn’t:
He also adds a little self interested plea at the end:
‘The more commercial competition and digital channels there are, the more important a truly independent and properly funded BBC news operation becomes.
We lose sight of that at our peril.’
You have to laugh…..there is no station more biased and more ‘big brother’ in how it controls and manipulates the news in order to control the Public’s opinions and view of the world than the BBC….all the more so because it does it whilst pretending not to.
We know where the Sun or Fox News or the Mirror or Guardian stand on most issues….but the BBC?
The BBC lives on its ‘past glories’, its inherited reputation for truthful and accurate reporting, it uses its everyday programming to encourage a feeling of trust and affection for the organisation…and transfers that trust generated by other programmes onto its news output.
How can you doubt any organisation that has David Attenborough as a leading man?
Separate out of the news side from the programming and things might start to look a bit different and viewers might start to be a bit more sceptical about the BBC’s news output, should it still be called the ‘BBC’.
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