Where would we be without the BBC left to the mercies of the market driven corporate media?
The BBC naturally is excellent value at less than 50p a day…but as with say the Pound Shop all is not as it seems and that ‘value’ looks distinctly underwhelming as the goods bought fall apart all too quickly or on closer scrutiny you discover they cost less because there is less in the packet than their ‘more expensive’ rivals’ offerings.
With the BBC it is all too often the same…you have the big reputation, the inherited trust and respect that it feeds off, the big names, the flagship programmes that lead the news agenda and politicians fear to appear on…and yet look closely, listen carefully, compare and contrast with what so many others are also reporting and you discover Aunty is all pearl necklace and no knickers….she is as flighty and flirty with the truth as any of the rivals she disdains as spreaders of ‘fake news’.
Just look at the Today programme this morning…three big subjects and all reported, not to inform, but to push a message…the standard BBC, liberal, partisan misinformation that all too often passes as ‘news’ on our ‘premier’ news programme.
France and Muslims? Muslims are misrepresented and all want to be French…they have no real interest in being ‘Muslim’…..no desire to turn Europe ‘Islamic’.
Erdogan and his referendum? With ‘only’ 51% it was a knife edge vote, barely legitimate, open to challenge, he has no mandate to govern really…..the subtext?….the BBC channelling its Brexit angst via this result.
North Korea? We were told Trump has backed off from military action and has decided to settle for diplomacy.
All three reports were shaped to present the preferred message…Islam presents no threat to Europe, the Brexit referendum is illegitimate and does not give May mandate to do what she is doing, that is…Brexit, and Trump is u-turning on everything.
Trouble is we know all too well that Muslims are becoming ‘more Muslim’ and are identifying politically as Muslim first rather than ‘British’ or ‘French’….and have been doing so since the 1980’s. Turkey under the Islamist Erdogan is ironically a case in point of course. The BBC suggests that it was his massive government influence and resources that unfairly swayed the vote towards him…if the BBC is to use that argument and link their claims of such an illegitimate referendum to the Brexit one then it was the Remain campaign that had the massive advantage of government resources backing its campaign and thus we must conclude that the Leave vote would have been bigger if there had been a level playing field. Curiously the BBC doesn’t raise this issue for our own referendum…nor indeed the highly exaggerated and alarmist claims made by the Remain camp…I’m still awaiting WWIII to break out in Europe… #DuetoBrexit.
And Trump? I was pretty sure I switched off the news last night hearing that ‘all options were still on the table, including military’…..Will they try diplomatic pressure first? Of course but diplomacy without the big stick [including China’s huge economic power over NK] is useless, but nice of the Today programme to try to derail that diplomacy by reporting that should North Korea not want to fall into line there will be no consequences…Just as well the US thinks otherwise…..‘ultimately by whatever means are necessary’…..
US vice president Mike Pence declared on Monday that the “era of strategic patience is over” with North Korea.
Mr Pence told reporters near the Demilitarised Zone separating North and South Korea that president Donald Trump is hopeful that China will use its “extraordinary levers” to pressure the North to abandon its weapons.
Mr Pence, who has called the North’s failed missile test a day earlier “a provocation,” said the US and its allies will achieve its objectives through “peaceable means or ultimately by whatever means are necessary” to protect South Korea and stabilise the region.