Biased? Moi????

 

 

 

Craig at Is the BBC biased? brings us the redoubtable Tom Gross who so often nails the Media’s failure to report impartially and who says that…

I’m in touch which quite a lot of senior editors and I myself pointed out mistakes to them in private meetings and they kind of brushed them aside. They don’t care.

 

Much as I respect Tom Gross I have to conclude he is mistaken…Jeremy ‘I saw nothing’ Bowen reveals all in an answer and question session held recently….

 

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So there you go…Jezza assures you he isn’t a propagandist…certainly not for the Israelis anyway.

Jeremy is though a bit of a grouch and doesn’t take criticism well…still refusing to accept the BBC Trust’s judgement that he had sinned.

Here he is lashing out at his critics who think he should be concentrating on the war in Syria instead of reporting on food…as someone has kindly taken the time to catalogue.

Jeremy Bowen: Why I tweet pictures of food from warzones

Feeding the trolls

The first time I went to a war, in El Salvador in 1989, I was struck by the fact that tomatoes were on sale a few streets away from the centre of the fighting in the capital San Salvador. My conscience bothered me. Should I have included that small piece of relative normality in my report? I didn’t at the time. But ever since I have wondered how to reflect the vestiges of normal life that can exist in the most abnormal places.

Recently, as well as reporting on what’s happening for the BBC, I have taken to tweeting pictures of food. I’ve sent plenty from Damascus. That’s partly because I think food tells you a lot about a society. But also because it is important to show how people live as well as how they die. I have had a quite a severe trolling from those who disapprove, on the grounds that anything other than the horror of war is a distortion and a distraction. I disagree. If you don’t like it, trolls, don’t look at the pictures.

 

Good to see that his conscience bothered him as he chose whether or not to report on tomatoes in a war zone…not so conflicted however about those BBC reporters under his control who deliberately mislead audiences with their anti-Israel propaganda.

Of course, as he says, if we don’t like the way the BBC reports the news we don’t have to look at the pictures or read the reports….but we do have to pay for them….and Jeremy’s wages.

Still, churlish to expect him to do his job when he’s so obviously happy doing whatever.

 

 

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LIFE SUCKS

I did chuckle this morning whilst enduring the Today programme. Inventor James Dyson was on and the BBC were angling to get him to say that he supported the UK staying in the EU. To their horror, Dyson argued for the UK to LEAVE the EU. You can bet he won’t get such an easy ride from the comrades in the future. It made my day.

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HEAVENS ABOVE…

This interesting post was brought to my attention and I wanted to share with you.

“Hi, you might want to write about this one: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-30080212about the new women bishops.

The church that the religion correspondent decided to visit to hear people’s views was St Mary’s Newington, London. The Rev (http://www.southwark.anglican.org/parishes/181r) just happens to be that beacon of liberalness Canon Giles Fraser of St Pauls fame as well as a recipient of a Stonewall award in 2012.

Why couldn’t she have visited All Souls Langham or Holy Trinity Brompton? Much larger and much better at reflecting opinion in the church.

Ps: Caroline Wyatt’s entrance (http://www.bbc.co.uk/ariel/27344735) where she says:
‘I’m really looking forward to exploring the religious faultlines around the globe, looking at the challenges posed at home and abroad by religious extremism, and covering the beliefs and ethics of the billions of people of different faiths around the world,’ she told Ariel. ‘I’m also keen to explore the scientific debate over religion and the nature of belief, and reflect on what religion means to people in the UK and elsewhere.’

Doesn’t appear to be a good place to start & the only credentials related to religion are she was educated in a convent.”

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The Lady’s Not For UKIPing

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Thought I’d reuse the photo…too good not to…again thanks to Stewart for the link

 

Remember when Nigel Farage talked about having a gang of Romanians for neighbours and he was publicly disembowelled and the BBC hurried to offer James O’Brien a shift on Newsnight on the strength of the hatchet job?

How different today when a Labour MP tweets a photo implying that people who fly the English flag and drive a white van will be voting UKIP and by implication must be racist, and the BBC, et al, sets out to defend the culprit.

Peter Allen today was asking if it was really a sackable offence…‘are we all going a bit crazy at the moment?’ he asked…..and a BBC roving news reporter actually said he thought it wasn’t the right decision to sack the good lady…maybe he was talking for himself, or on Ed Miliband’s behalf….but the BBC does seem upset that it is Labour getting all the flak on the front pages this morning and not the Tories whom they want you to know have taken a hell of a beating.

However… they also, paradoxically, wish to play down UKIP’s win….it’s a flash in the pan, a by-election anomaly that will be corrected in the general election, UKIP disappointed as they got less than expected, and they will fall apart under scrutiny.

Oh yes…and they are not breaking the mould of politics.

Really?  They have forced all the major parties to adopt their narrative about immigration, and the Tories are panicking about Europe…and oh yes…the swing to UKIP  28% from the Tories……via Guido:

 

And a mere 42% change overall…if that isn’t mould breaking what is?

The BBC has long whinged about the sameness of politics and the uniform, production line product of PPE Oxbridge graduates populating the government and opposition…they hoped Russell Brand was the solution…turns out he’s not….but the mould is definitely being broken.

Of course UKIP has the odds stacked against them…all the political parties, the BBC, much of the Media, even the Telegraph, is ranged against them watching and searching for every chink in their armour, every faux pas, every ‘mis-spoken’ word, seeking to crush them out of existence.

 

 

 

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British Values And Closed Societies

 

‘For those of us who value an open, liberal society it is time to explain why a liberal democratic society is superior to the alternatives.’

 

Gunther Grass was raised in a Nazi dominated society. He absorbed the Nazi ethos all through his young life and at 17 he joined the SS claiming he was not conscious of any guilt at the time, it was normal, but later lived a life marked by shame.

A member of the Hitler Youth, he had been, as he admits in his memoir, “a Young Nazi … a believer to the end”, one who saw his “Fatherland threatened, surrounded by enemies.”
How could he not believe that it was his duty to take part in that “life-and-death” struggle.

After the war, a lot of people pretended that the “poor German people had been seduced by a horde of evils,” Grass said in the interview Friday, but that “was not the truth. It happened all in broad daylight. And with enthusiasm and with popularity.”

 

Sound familiar when we see young Muslims heading off to join ISIS and Al Qaeda and their parents blaming the West for not having tackled Assad?

 

In 2012 we stated that…

‘There clearly needs to be a debate about immigration and Islam in a ‘secular’ Western democracy.  Is the BBC prepared to hold it?’

Is anyone prepared to hold it?  MI5 thinks not….

People in MI5 tell me that denying the connection between Islamism and terrorism derives from the belief that if you accept it, there’s no hope for a multicultural society in Britain: we would just have to recognise that part of the population is permanently liable to become terrorists.

 

However it looks like the BBC has bitten the bullet with this remarkably open condemnation of ‘conservative’ Islam by David Goodhart……

‘Some say that if people understood Islam more everything would be fine, they would be more tolerant of it…I think quite the contrary…the more they understand about it the more alien they would find it…authoritarian, collectivist, patriarchal, all the sort of things that Britain might have been 100 years ago but isn’t now’

 

A Muslim, Gina Khan, tells us that the British state is not aware of what is going on in Muslim communities…Muslim citizens are being stripped of their British rights in a liberal democratic society by imposed Muslim culture.

Goodhart says that the Koran expresses many values that are in opposition to the values of a liberal democracy but asks is it really a problem?  Can’t we accomodate conservative Muslims and their extremes?

A Muslim says….Recognise these differences, celebrate the difference but not in exchange for a common unity and a common identity.

Another Muslim says…’We completely understand the concerns people have about Islam…we have them too.’

Goodhart finishes off with this thought…..

The gulf between conservative Islam and mainstream British society is deeper than with any other comparable community…for those of us who value an open, liberal society it is time to explain why a liberal democratic society is superior to the alternatives.

 

A bit of a challenge for the BBC…..though credit for broadcasting this programme….the question is will it and its questions filter through to the mainstream BBC such as Jeremy Vine, Campbell, Peter Allen, Nolan and Derbyshire?

The all too usual effect of such programmes is to briefly illuminate the truth but then to be quietly forgotten whilst the likes of the above continue to bury their heads in the sand peddling their myths about Islam and its valuable contribution to a secular and progressive society like ours.

 

Here is what is being taught at Luton Mosque…and many others…

Honour,victory, and strength will only come to this Ummah when we return and unite upon the pure religion as it was brought by the Prophet (alayhis salaam) and practiced by the Companions. Only when we single out Allah, alone, in worship and give obedience to Him and His Messenger, will the Help of Allah come.

And they ask why Muslims rush to join ISIS.  Because that is what they are being taught by mainstream mosques….the above is a call to practise fundamentalist Islam and for the creation of a caliphate.

 

The BBC’s deeply ingrained mantra….

Moderate Islam is Our New Religion
Moderate Islam isn’t what most Muslims believe. It’s what most liberals believe that Muslims believe.

The new multicultural theology of the West is moderate Islam. Moderate Islam is the perfect religion for a secular age since it isn’t a religion at all.

 

Gina Khan told us this a long time ago but has been pretty much ignored by the BBC until now….

As a young child and teenager I grew up in an area where the majority was English but there were also Greeks, Chinese, Jamaicans and Indians living in the same community.

Everybody got on and respected each other. My parents ran
supermarkets, so we were integrated, if not allowed to assimilate as females because of the religion. And now the white people are leaving, the area has disintegrated, and it breaks my heart. Most members of my family have moved out.
The area has been Islamised. Mosques, mini-mosques and madrasas rise up on almost every street corner, but there is nothing for the youth. Drugs and crime has made the area unsafe for young girls. Social services and the police know what is going on.

I have witnessed anti-west and anti-Jew posters and leaflets appear in shops run by young bearded Muslims. I watched the Islamists mobilise the Muslim community right under my nose. Before 9/11 the time I could not name it, but I knew something was not right, but it was being done in the name of Islam.

The extremists have had over twenty five uncontested years to mobilise the minds of British Muslims and their backwardness now dominates some areas.

Multicultural polices are not working…

 

Over twenty five years to mobilise the minds of British Muslims?…hang on….isn’t that long before 2003 and the Iraq War?  And that was written in 2009 by Khan.

Radicalisation began long, long ago.  The BBC needs a new narrative on the real causes of terrorism.

 

 

 

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With Friends Like These….

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Nothing to do with BBC bias (that I can think of)…but an amusing illustration of the tangled web Labour weaves with its hypocrisy when we are told we must have a civilised, balanced debate on immigration…and then they label anyone, not themselves of course, who talks about it as racist….naturally not openly…using terms such as ‘a race to the bottom’ or tweets like the one below to cast aspersions.

 

 

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You have to laugh at the date on the poster…2004…just as Labour opened the floodgates for mass immigration intended to ‘rub the Right’s nose in diversity’ and to essentially ethnically cleanse Britain of its hideously white, British nature.

 

Back to the future and a tweet from a Labourite…

 

“It was a house covered in British flags. I’ve never seen anything like it before. My point is that it’s a remarkable image of a house completely covered in flags. There’s three of them.”

 

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Think the meaning is clear…racist little englander lives here…where UKIP flourishes….vote Labour!

 

Perhaps Miliband should also resign…after all his sentiments aren’t dissimilar to those expressed in the tweet….

Labour would be “talking more about immigration as a party”, he said, “but always on the basis of Labour values, not UKIP values”.

 

And we all know what UKIP’s values are don’t we children?  If UKIP wins in Rochdale will Miliband be denouncing all those voters as racists?  Oh..he just has.

Perhaps the BBC could ‘hold his feet to the fire’ about such sentiments.

Doubt it somehow…politicians and commenters always get away with slipping in subtle ‘UKIP are racist’ smears on the BBC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The BBC…Please Give Us Your Money

Ben Stephenson in head of commissioning at BBC Drama department..

 

 

Interested to hear the BBC’s Ben Stephenson, Controller BBC Drama Commissioning tell us that:

“Only the BBC supports the range of writers and ideas that these new announcements demonstrate. This massive investment signals the future direction of BBC drama. Once regarded as only the home of traditional period drama, I now believe we are the home of the best writers and the most ambitious modern drama. The point of the BBC is to deliver range and risk above and beyond other UK broadcasters, and I believe the success of our drama offering this year and the announcements we are making today pave the way for an exciting future.”

 

He told us this morning on Today (08:47) that the unique way of funding the BBC allows for an ‘incredibly diverse range’ of programmes that gives people reason to support the license fee as they can relate at least to something that the BBC produces.

He tells us that drama should be thought provoking, provoking debate…as long as it has integrity…whatever that means.

 

Ben Stephenson is famous for declaring that…

We (The BBC) need to foster peculiarity, idiosyncrasy, stubborn-mindedness, left-of-centre thinking.

He is also the man who declared that the Classics were somewhat lacking in interest….

‘…he spoke about the importance of putting original drama and the best contemporary writing on the screen. Indeed he said that the BBC had a duty to give space to the best of today’s writers. But not those from the the past. Great plays for him can be fantastic in the theatre, but are probably not for television.

‘I just worry that they are not going to be that stimulating on screen’ he said.

 

When the BBC tries to defend and justify its license fee by saying it represents all the people, each of whom can find something they like within its ‘incredibly diverse range’ of programming perhaps that is somewhat tongue in cheek when we know that the BBC’s political output, the most important part of its remit, one that needs to be impartial and diverse, fails totally to give satisfaction.

Europe, immigration, Islam, climate change, Israel, UKIP…..all subjects that the BBC jealously guards the parameters of debate…you can debate it but only so far…go beyond what the BBC finds acceptable and the debate is closed down.

Perhaps we shoud hear from the BBC’s Head of News to find out what their strategy is for the future…is it inclusive and diverse?  Perhaps Nicky Campbell could do a show on it.

 

 

 

 

 

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Learn About Diversity And Tolerance…Visit A Mosque

Ofsted has downgraded a school …..for limiting pupils’ “first-hand experience” of modern society and….pupils’ cultural development was limited by a “lack of first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British society”.

 

Nicky Campbell was on the case this morning:

A primary school in rural Lincolnshire didn’t get an “outstanding” status from Ofsted partly because its pupils’ lacked first-hand experience of the diverse make up of modern British society. Nicky asks: can you learn about diversity in the classroom or do you have to live it?

 

Campbell was, as usual, overly sympathetic to the callers ‘celebrating diversity’ whilst somewhat more sceptical in tone towards those who had any critiques of such a policy.

When someone called Margaret Morrissey from an organisation called ‘Parents OutLoud’     came on he immediately labelled her as coming from a ‘pressure group’, a perjorative, negative term…and used knowingly by BBC types to convey a particular message about someone or some group whose views they disagree with.

No coincidence that Migration Watch was recently relegated once again to the status of ‘pressure group’ by the BBC when one of the architects of Labour’s immigration policy, Christian Dustmann, announced that European immigrants were a fantastic asset to this country…as his own research shows!

The BBC leapt upon this and clearly felt it could now dismiss the highly accurate and authoritative Migration Watch as a mere pressure group.

Margaret Morrissey, as Campbell’s introduction might have led you to realise, wasn’t fully on board with Ofsted’s decision.

Other callers with similar doubts were also given less of a welcome than those supporting mass indoctrination.

Campbell told us that ‘Diversity is a vital part of our education’…presumably that doesn’t include political diversity such as is entirely absent at the BBC.

We were told that we had to ‘manage our prejudices’ and a caller declared that schools with greater diversity were far more successful educationally.

Somehow I doubt that….Faith schools being amongst the most successful and sought after…however Campbell didn’t object to that nonsense.

We were also told, as usual, that immigrants value education more than whites….hmm… Afro-Caribbeans?  Bangladeshis?   That’s a sweeping statement that is meaningless without any context….and is more politics than truth…..the inner city schools with a high percentage of immigrants that were successful in London were so because huge resources, funding and the best teachers, were directed towards them.

If the school is an inner city one with a majority of working class pupils who feel abandoned by the political and media elite, as evidenced by the continual labelling of them as feckless and worthless by both groups, then maybe they feel that an education is worthless…..but I doubt that could be totally true even in such a school and certainly not when extended out into the country as a whole where I imagine white pupils value education as much as any immigrant.

As I say such statements are more politics than truth, but don’t expect Campbell to challenge the easy prejudices that buttress his own.

And I did like the suggestion that pupils could learn a lot about diversity and tolerance by visiting a mosque…well, maybe, how it shouldn’t be done perhaps.

 

Allison Pearce in the Telegraph has her own comment…

Apparently, being ‘too English’ is now a crime

An excellent primary school in rural Lincolnshire has been denied the top grade by Ofsted inspectors. Problems with literacy, perhaps? Nope. Bad at sums? Actually, the kiddies’ maths is rather good.

I’m afraid the sad fact is that Middle Rasen Primary School has been found guilty of being “too English” or not multicultural enough. In vain have the headteacher and parents pointed out that it is hard to do anything about Ofsted’s criticism that the pupils “lacked first-hand experience of the diverse make-up of modern British society”.

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We Don’t Want To See

 

 

BBC had wall to wall images of Palestinian casualties in Gaza, they even had a special slide show of them…so keen were they to show the Palestinian’s suffering they even made it up…this actually being a picture from Syria.…..

 

…..and yet they don’t want too many  images of Israeli casualties on the Television….

 

A BBC interviewer refused to allow Economy Minister Naftali Bennett to show a photograph of victims of the terrorist attack in Jerusalem in an interview Tuesday morning.

Bennett appeared on BBC World News after a Palestinian spokesman, who claimed that Jews were murdering Palestinians in Jerusalem.

The Bayit Yehudi leader responded: “The fact is that [Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas] himself incites and tells the Arabs ‘take arms and fight the Jews.'”

Bennett’s comments echoed earlier remarks calling Abbas one of the biggest terrorists of the Palestinian people and blaming him for the bloodshed.

Then, Bennett lifted a photo of the scene of the terrorist attack, depicting a man in a tallit lying face down on the floor of a synagogue.

“You know, this individual came this morning to pray,” Bennett said, pointing at the man in the picture.

“We don’t want to actually see that picture, if you could take that down,” the interviewer shot back.

 

 

 

Listening to the BBC, they may report the horror of the attack but they seem to be suggesting all the blame is on the Israeli side……the Israelis have been the cause of increased tensions…and presumably must pay the price whatever that maybe.

Having posted one Tweet on the attack Jon Donnison, the BBC’s Oz correspondent, seems more concerned to link to something that defends Abbas

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The same Abbas who said….

Closure of Temple Mount site denounced by Mahmoud Abbas as ‘tantamount to a declaration of war’

In a further escalation of the rhetoric around the site, Abbas’s Fatah movement called for a “day of rage” for Friday.

 

The same Abbas who called a Palestinian who shot an Israeli Rabbi recently a martyr…

Mu’taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who will go to heaven as a martyr defending the rights of our people and its holy places

The same Abbas who runs the Palestinian Authority which day in day out preaches the destruction of Israel….

 

 

 

A Palestinian cartoon ‘instructing’ Palestinians on their own highway code….

 

 

 

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Klass Act

 

 

 

 

When you consider how ready the BBC is to plaster the thoughts of Chairman Brand all over the airwaves when he really hasn’t got anything of any originality or coherence to say it is surprising that when the Labour leader and his mansion tax policy is pretty much destroyed by another ‘celebrity’ we don’t hear a thing about it on the BBC….all the more surprising as the mansion tax is one of Miliband’s major policies designed of course to show how he is taking from the rich to give to the poor…might have thought the BBC would show an interest especially as Myleene Klass is said to have done a ‘Paxman’…perhaps she could get a place on Newsnight.

From the Telegraph:

Singer Myleene Klass ‘wipes the floor’ with Ed Miliband over mansion tax

Miss Klass, a former singer with pop group Hear’Say and TV presenter, joined business leaders, celebrities and politicians in her condemnation of Labour’s pledge to impose a tax on homes worth more than £2 million, and tore into Mr Miliband on ITV’s The Agenda on Monday night.

The singer told the Labour leader: “For me, it’s so disturbing – the name in its own right: ‘mansion tax’. Immediately you conjure up an image of these Barbie-esque houses, but in London, which is where 80 per cent of the people who will be paying this tax actually live, have you seen what that amount of money can get you? It’s like a garage.

“When you do look at the people who will be suffering this tax, it’s true a lot of them are grannies who have had these houses in their families for a long, long time.

“The people who are the super-super rich buying their houses for £140 million, this is not necessarily going to affect them because they’ve got their tax rebates and amazing accountants. It’s going to be the little grannies who have lived in those houses for years and years.”

“You may as well just tax me on this glass of water. You can’t just point at things and tax them.

Mr Miliband replied: “I totally understand that people don’t like paying more in tax. The values of my government are going to be different to the values of this government.”

 

No, haven’t heard a peep out of the BBC on the radio…despite Klass going into action on ITV last night…and nothing on the website…however even the lefty Mirror isn’t hiding this…..

 

Watch Myleene Klass turn into Paxman during mansion tax row with Labour leader Ed Miliband

 

Even the Guardian…

Myleene Klass ‘goes full Paxman’ on Ed Miliband over mansion tax

 

 

 

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Bomb ‘Em, Bomb ‘Em All

 

Yesterday the BBC’s security correspondent Frank Gardner treated us to his big hope….he thought that the West and its allies may consider ISIS to be such a threat that they decide to put boots on the ground…

Frank said ‘I really hope that’s not the case.’

Thanks Frank for your personal opinion.

Today he continued the theme informing us that military actions just don’t work and that good policing and political processes will defeat terrorism.

Well apart from the fact military action certainly does work in many cases just how does he propose Dixon of Arabia handle ISIS, will they come quietly’?  And what sort of negtotiations are you going to have with such terrorists?

Can they have part of Syria, part of Iraq, what about a bit of Turkey?  And what if they don’t want to stop there, their whole raison d’être being to create a world caliphate?

 

Simplistic, childish, very political dreams from the BBC.

One of the reasons ISIS popped up again was because the US withdrew its military and intelligence capability from Iraq…under pressure from people in the media and other commentators just like Frank.

 

 

 

 

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START THE WEEK OPEN THREAD

Well then, one can argue as to whether Kim Kardashian’s posterior “broke the internet” but last week saw our server “break” and cause a lot of hassle. My thanks to Rob and Geoff for fixing things but as you can see some posts vanished along with the comment threads which is VERY annoying. Anyway, let’s hope for a pain free week. And whilst I am at it, I had asked you all if anyone fancied putting up some posts here to ease the strain on Rob and myself. If you would like to talk about this  then please email me.  The floor is yours….

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