I’ve had several emails on the subject of BBC bias by omission concerning their coverage of the Chilean miners reascue. In essence, it comes down to one thing – a visceral BBC loathing of admitting the formidable contribution the US has made in bringing the trapped men out. Biased BBC contributor Jon Hunt spells it out in clear terms…
“Thereal heroes are American, not that you would know that fromany British news organisation (and we’re supposed to be America’s greatestally). For example, the company whom the Chilean government contactedto rescue the miners is a certain Chilean-U.S. outfit called Geotec Boyles Bros. SA . Theyimmediately contacted associate company LayneChristensen of Pennsylvania.
Itwas Layne Christensen who provided:
a)the mobile drilling rig built by a fellow Pennsylvanian company by the name of Schramm Inc.
b) thespecial drill bits, manufactured by fellow Pennsylvanian company CenterRock
c) the drillersJeffHart and Matt Staffel – the real heroes of the operation, whom they flew infrom Afghanistan
Withoutthese guys and their specialist equipment the miners would still be down theretoday.
So,how did the UK media cover this amazing side of the story – how the rescuedepended almost entirely on American equipment and personnel?
AGoogle news search shows that JeffHart & Matt Staffel’s joint roles are widely reported throughout theU.S., South America, Germany, and Spain – but not by any UKnews organisation.
Overthe last month alone the BBC has produced ajaw-dropping 130,000 web pages reporting the Chilean mine rescue. Andyet, theonly one that reports Jeff Hart’s pivotal role appears in theCorporation’s Spanish-language site – suggesting that the BBC’sSpanish staff are not as imbued with the same anti-Americanism as itsGuardianista UK staff – while there is no mention anywhere of Jeff Hart’scolleague Matt Staffel.
Asearch for Schrammthrows up several reports which name it as the manufacturer of thedrilling rig, but only one mentions that it is a U.S. company. Meanwhile, a search for GeotecBoyles, to whom Layne Christensen reported, also produces nothing, but asearch for Geotec producesa BBC bulletin describing the company as “Chilean” andimplying accordingly that it was Chileans who were the key personnelinvolved in the rescue. The BBC reports:
MrButtazzoni, the head of the Chilean mining company Geotec, said his drill hadalready cut through 464m (1,500ft) of rock. He said his team expected to breakthrough to the area where the miners are sheltering in 3-4 days.
– acomplete and utter mis-portrayal through omission.”