A Biased BBC reader draws this to our attention;
“I’ve noticed something for a long-time that is clear evidence of bias – and that really gets on my nerves, but easily slips one’s mind because it’s so incomparably insignificant compared to TV News output or Question Time (which I’m really quite looking forward to!)…
Whenever one links a BBC Story (and this most often occurs on Facebook), then the head-line changes from what’s actually on the news-page you’re linking to, to a more conspicuously supported position of the BBC. For example, I’m working at X and predicted that European Share Markets would collapse and the ECB would run-out of money. My predictions were largely correct. Thus I wished to post the BBC link to the fact that Shares had plummeted as I predicted.
The original headline was “European Share Markets reverse Earlier Gains”, which is still inaccurate but to be honest, the best we can expect from the Beeb. However, when I posted the link on Facebook, it transformed to a different headline altogether, “European Share Markets open higher”… Now these headlines give two completely different impressions. The first headline implies that European Markets are declining. The other, making no mention of this, implies everything is fine with the ECB/European Bond-Markets and that, at a quick-glance, nothing is worth worrying about.
I’ve found that it does this whenever I post an article from the BBC regarding the Middle-East Conflicts, the European Crisis, Terrorism and quite a few other topics. I also wish to draw your attention to perpetual re-writing within the BBC. The problem is that the BBC will say something – and when it turns-out not to be true – they merely delete it or alter the sentence so that when you look back upon it, you think you’ve been mistaken. I know of numerous examples where this happened (such as the Breivik story, amongst others)… Surely, the BBC shouldn’t put-out material that it wont stand-by in perpetuity. Surely, they must fact-check before putting out news-content?
These insidious, internet-based tactics – sometimes to hide biases that have turned out not to stand-up to facts – and sometimes, to promote their view of a story to people glancing at a headline… are yet more evidence of the BBC not behaving by those rigorous journalistic standards that it uniquely will hold against NewsCorp, but not the Trinity and Mirror Group or, evidently, itself.”