The BBC has begun an online series of articles called Campaign Ad Breakdown in which wise Beeboid opinion will be brought to bear upon the campaign ads of candidates for the US presidency in 2012.
The first such report comes from Daniel Nasaw who, as we’ve pointed out before, used to be US correspondent for the Guardian. In November 2009, shortly before joining the BBC, he wrote the following about Sarah Palin:
Let’s focus our attention not on her legs but on her far-right political ideology, her baseless attacks on Obama, her attacks on women’s reproductive rights and her effort to purge moderates from the Republican party.
Not a fan of the American Right, I think it’s fair to say. And, it could be argued, not the first choice of journalist to be reviewing Rick Perry’s political ads with any measure of impartiality. For example, check out the section in bold here from Nasaw’s opening Campaign Ad article:
With the crumbling economy firmly linked in the viewer’s mind to Mr Obama’s actions – rather than the mortgage lending collapse of 2007-2008, debt crises in Europe, budget cuts in the US that have drained money from the economy, or political dysfunction in Washington – the frame fades to a calming black.
The highlighted segment is nothing less than Nasaw’s own political opinion. Remove it and one sees a straightforward description of that particular scene in the ad. Its inclusion turns the sentence into just the sort of Obama-defending propaganda Nasaw advocated in his Guardian piece in 2009. The difference now, of course, is that he has a BBC platform for his opinion/journalism.
Openly partisan journalists such as Nasaw should have the balls to work for similarly partisan news organisations. On that score at least he can’t be criticised.