Ok, we all know that the BBC is going overboard as it hypes up the inauguration of Obama tomorrow. I thought it might be good to gather as many example of this as possible. I happened to catch Thought for the Day this morning to hear The One being compared to Moses. That was quite impressive. The Abe Lincoln comparisons have been coming thick and heavy as well! Any catch your attention? I have to be honest and say my stomach is not strong enough to watch the BBC Obama-fest even though, like you, we are forced to pay for this indulgence.

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  1. David Preiser (USA) says:

    mikewineliberal | 19.01.09 – 5:30 pm |

    Indeed. I cited earlier an example of a Justin Webb piece this morning on Today which was measured, balanced, and sceptical about Obama’s ability to deliver against expectations. He interviewed two ex Bush people on this.

    You really must consider pieces like this alongside the inevitable fluff if you’re to comment sensibly on whether or not the BBC’s coverage is balanced and impartial.

    Oh, come on. We’ve spent months here demonstrating the overwhelming amount of time the BBC spent lambasting Gov. Palin for not being experienced enough to be VP, a position with light duties, but precious little time mentioning The Obamessiah’s complete lack of it, and he was going for the top job.

    You can’t come in and pretend that one belated Webb segment makes up for all of that, and the BBC’s coverage is balanced. No way. You’re going to have to come up with a lot more than that. Right now, your claim is at best slightly dishonest.


  2. Jack Bauer says:

    Rush Limbaugh has just played a clip of the truly awful Gavin Essler and some dumb lefty US lunk-head.

    They are very scared that he (Limbaugh) will personally scuttle the imposition of socialist healthcare by spreading ignorance.

    Essler then went on to tell him how everyone in received FREE healthcare as a RIGHT.

    God — these morons really are too stupid to livce.

    Mind you, Essler gets a fat free PRIVATE healthcare package from the BBC.

    That’s how good the NHS is.


  3. Jack Bauer says:

    TYPO —

    That should be: “everyone in Britain”

    Yeah, sure– try to get your 75 year old granddad with a brain tumour to even get oh the lists for an MRI diagnosis.

    He’ll be dead before that happens.

    Unlike Ted Kennedy, of course. The guy that wants to import the British system to America.


  4. David Preiser (USA) says:

    The Obamessiah keeps having missteps when choosing people to do speeches at various parts of the Inauguration proceedings. First he got an anti-gay preacher, which upset people. To make up for that, he got a gay bishop, which upset some other people. Needless to say, those who look to the BBC for information will be unaware of this.

    So, now The Obamessiah has made a third blunder. Will the BBC report this”

    Meet Ingrid Mattson, appearing today at the Democratic National Convention

    Who is Ingrid Mattson? She is the President of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). And here, courtesy the Center for Security Policy is Ingrid Mattson in her own words.

    1) Mattson places loyalty to Islam before loyalty to the United States of America:

    If Muslim Americans are to participate in such a critique of American policy, however, they will only be effective if they do it, according to the Prophet’s words, in a “brotherly” fashion. This implies a high degree of loyalty and affection. This does not mean, however, that citizenship and religious community are identical commitments, nor that they demand the same kind of loyalty. People of faith have a certain kind of solidarity with others of their faith community that transcends the basic rights and duties of citizenship.

    Mattson is nearly a treat, but really a cry. But you won’t learn about this from the BBC. No, rock stars are more important.


  5. Anonymous says:

    Jack Bauer

    Do you think the Americans would make a better job of it? Surely they couldn’t do worse than Brown is doing here.

    Time someone told the Americans that the British NHS is being privatised through large back doors.

    It’s not quite so bad here in Scotland but it’s creeping that way.


  6. DB says:

    Yesterday I recommended an article by Natan Sharansky on Israel’s response to Palestinian terrorism.

    From Justin Webb’s blog today:
    But I wonder whether Natan Sharansky’s The Case for Democracy – Bush’s favourite book and a worthy presidential reader – might eventually be sought out by this president as he comes face to face with those who (still) burn American flags and regard Americans as scum…

    I think I just saw a flying pig. I need to lie down.


  7. David Preiser (USA) says:

    DB | 19.01.09 – 8:46 pm |

    I think I just saw a flying pig. I need to lie down.

    Don’t worry, that was just a planeload of BBC employees you saw fly past, heading for the Anointment.

    This bit from Justin is one of his greatest admissions that he’s out of touch:

    In fact, there is a real risk that the media, far from over-emphasising the impact of the coming of Obama, tend to underplay it, assuming it is, at heart, just another transfer of power, when it is, arguably, something else entirely.

    Don’t worry, Justin. We know you’re not underestimating the magnificence of the occasion. [email protected]%$#ing hell.


  8. disillusioned_german says:

    David Preiser (USA) | 19.01.09 – 7:32 pm |

    A dishonest liberal? What has the world come to???


  9. Philip says:

    I’ll be having a ‘No-Bama’ day tomorrow.

    No Beeb, no reading the endless puff-pieces on the Tube-rags, no mainstream press (just imagine when the Beeb’s kindred spirit the Used-To-Be-Indie, as it ges into orgiastic hyperdrive about The One).

    Not even derogatory articles and post on Blogs or elsewhere. Not even this thread 😉

    Nothing. Just No-Bama Day. Celebrate with me.


  10. AndrewSouthLondon says:

    Just remember these two numbers while you are still able too. 48:52. That was the popular vote percentage between McCain and Obama. 4 % of Americans, one in twenty, swooning youth rebelling against “authority”, plus George Sorros’s billions, sealed Obamas victory. Not that that’s wrong – its how democracy works. But before people start eulogising about “the one”, almost half of Americans said no, FY. All those tossers proclaiming a new dawn have their heads so far up their A**se they have a brown smile, like Obama. This is Americas biggest mistake. Any enemy of Bush is a friend of mine. Wrong.


  11. mikewineliberal says:

    I think you’re wrong about Justin Webb, as I’ve noted before. Try to get hold of the half hour piece he did on the Bush Presidency on Radio 4 at 8pm this evening; see what you think. In my view, it was a very generous and balanced assessment of Bush’s eight years, which relied heavily on Bush staffers and John Bolton for comment.


  12. Frankos says:

    Get out of here! The BBC has spent 8 long years denouncing and mocking everything Bush did.
    From the post 9/11 humilitation of the American ambassador to silly stories about Palin they have ceaselessy and childishly pursued every anti-Bush story to the utmost.
    When they choose to do a balanced piece it certainly is newsworthy.
    The bbc on balance are unbalanced!


  13. disillusioned_german says:

    Webb’s an ass. Nuff said!


  14. anon says:

    To be fair, the inauguration of a US president doesn’t happen every day. No doubt the BBC will bump a story about Labour’s latest debauchery to make room for it though, burying bad news and all.


  15. Garden Trash says:

    and is no one mentioning ken clarke? i thought the BBCs coverage of his return has been quite balanced. havent heard/seen any evidence they are biased against him so far.”

    They love him because he is a fellow federast.


  16. Libertarian says:

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    It’s wall-to-wall Obama in the newspapers and on the airwaves, and I keep wondering, Was it quite so overwhelming in the run-up to previous inaugurations? I think not. Presumably the gushing media response is generated by some combination of Barack Obama’s being our first African-American president, his being the antidote to an epidemic of Bush Derangement Syndrome, and our growing cult of the presidency. I complained once about people who see the president as “a combination of Superman, Santa Claus, and Mother Teresa,” and this month journalists are leading the way. Even New York Times reporter Helene Cooper, writing the “pool report” for other journalists on Obama’s visit to the Washington Post, noted that “around 100 people•Post reporters perhaps?•awaited PEOTUS’s arrival, cheering and bobbing their coffee cups.” Post reporter Howard Kurtz assured readers that his fellow journalists did gawk, but they did not cheer or applaud.


  17. TomTom says:

    I hope the BBC and media-conglomerates everywhere are happy with their Obama in 6 months time. They design a series, hype a series, and then watch ratings fall….it will be no different. I feel sorry for Obama…he has a horrible future ahead.

    I think the way the media has hyped his election and victory is especially evil because they are waiting to destroy him mercilessly and this is not how major countries should be governed


  18. Kegs says:

    5 Live this morning (Obamas inauguration day) is just like one big fun party, no gloomy stories just happy jolly presenters in full on party mode. It’s vomit material.

    Obamas inauguration is a handy distraction from the collapse of the British economy.


  19. David Preiser (USA) says:

    The BBC is celebrating so orgiastically because they are deliriously happy that the US isn’t as nasty as they thought. So many Beeboids – apart from Justin Webb, I’m sure – have convinced themselves that we’re mostly unsophisticated, Evangelical, racist warmongers, who would never elect a black man who ran on a redistributionist, anti-Iraq War platform.

    For the last year and a half, the BBC simply couldn’t believe that the majority of United Statesians are not beneath their contempt. Most of you will have noticed that they went through extreme lengths (not to mention expense) to highlight the ugliest failings of my fellow countrymen, condemning us, scolding us, blaming us, for everything possible.

    Of course, we’re still the same country we were on Nov. 1, and still the same people they don’t like. The people who freak out ol’ Justin by toasting “Death to Al Qaeda” at dinner are still here, still US citizens. The nasty neocon Jooos are still here, still US citizens. All those hordes of people whom the BBC has openly condemned for their Christian beliefs as denying science and reality are still here, still US citizens.

    But because we did something the BBC agrees with on a purely emotional level, it’s all good now, and we’re a transformed country. It’s a load of crap, of course. The only people who have transformed are the Hollywood Leftoids who hated me and my fellow citizens until the day after the election. Now they, just like the BBC, claim it’s okay to be a United Statesian again. What a joke. It was always okay, and electing a black man simply because he’s not a white Republican doesn’t magically transform us at all.

    Having said that, I won’t piss on today’s inauguration further. My problem lies not so much with the new President (certain redistributionist and suppressive policies are another matter). I don’t hate him and want him to fail tragically, because that means my country fails tragically. That’s the difference between me and the Leftoids. My problem lies with them.

    Instead, I will reprint the words of Libertarian Loon Neal Boortz, who is no friend of the new President:

    There is one group of voters and celebrants out there who’s joy I can understand and appreciate; and I’m talking about black voters.

    First … let me make a point about “black” vs. “African American.” I’m not one of those out there who slavishly fell in line when Jesse “The Sloganmaster” Jackson decided that from henceforth all blacks shall be referred to as “African-American.” Political correctness run amok. Most blacks in this country have about as much in common with African natives as I have with Finnish yak herders. I just flat-out don’t like hyphenated-Americanism. I’m not European-American, I’m an American … and so is our next president. I’ll just be damned if I’m going to call the President of the United States an “African-American” President.

    Now .. having said that, let’s address the overwhelming joy we see in black America over the events of this week. How could blacks NOT be joyous? Someone a few months back told me that Barack Obama was black America’s greatest achievement. I disagreed. I said that black America’s greatest achievement was our black men coming back from World War II to a country where they had separate waiting rooms and drinking fountains; where they had to sit in theatre balconies if they could get into the theatre at all; where they could surely spend their money at Woolworth’s, but don’t try to sit at the lunch counter; where a black soldier couldn’t even find a decent motel in which to put his family to bed as he traveled across our country to a new duty station —– to come home from World War II to experience this oppressive segregation and bias —- and instead of burning this place to the ground going right back out there and fighting for America in the Korean War. There’s black America’s greatest achievement; its forbearance.

    I can fully understand that for the black voter; especially the older black voter, voting for Barack Obama transcends politics or policy. It’s about affirmation. A sense of finally and fully belonging. We should all try to appreciate the joy and satisfaction so many of our fellow citizens will get out of this inauguration tomorrow. It may not turn out all that well for the nation; but it sure doing something to pump of the psyche of our black neighbors.

    Tomorrow it’s back to fighting Leftoids.


  20. Lurker says:

    I don’t know why so many B-BBCoids are so upset, after all, your favourite ethnic minority voted, as usual, Democratic.

    In that page:

    According to new polling from Gallup, American Jewish voters, who have tended to overwhelmingly support Democrats in elections going back at least about a century, are no more likely to defect from the Democratic ranks should Barack Obama be the party’s nominee rather than Hillary Clinton.

    If they’ve got no problem with Obama, then they must feel Israel is safe with him in charge.


  21. Cockney says:

    “favourite ethnic minority”

    Judaism is a religion, not an ethnicity.


  22. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Lurker | 21.01.09 – 4:36 am |

    If they’ve got no problem with Obama, then they must feel Israel is safe with him in charge.

    Even more Jews voted for Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton, and look how that turned out for Israel.

    Also, I hope you realize you’re basically playing the old “dual loyalty” game, right?


  23. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Cockney | 21.01.09 – 12:13 pm |

    Judaism is a religion, not an ethnicity.

    There’s an element of both, actually.