Listened to 5Live’s film review on Friday(23 mins 40) and they were talking about ‘American Sniper’, a film set in Iraq about an American sniper killing Jihadis…apparently it is a ‘problematic’ film.
Mark Kermode’s thoughts on the film…technically no doubt good but problematic in that it is very one-sided.
Pretty much sums up the BBC mindset…there is always two sides to every story and no such thing as good/bad, right/wrong…unless of course you are a climate sceptic…..moral relativity is the only principle they abide by….the only conviction being that they should have no convictions.
No doubt Kermode would think that all those films about WWII are somewhat too one-sided for his liking…..The Dam Busters or The Great Escape….or Schindler’s List. Yep, there’s two sides to every story and though the Nazis murdered 6 million Jews and many other unfortunates they must have had a jolly good reason…only fair to give them a hearing eh Mark? Never mind that ‘American Sniper’ is the personal story of one man and his view of the conflict. It is not a political film just a film telling a story of one man’s war. His story not history.
However when a film is political then a more nuanced and rounded approach should be taken and the various arguments aired otherwise the film is nothing more than a propagandist polemic.
And talking of Climate Sceptics and polemical propaganda….the same programme had a pop at the sceptics back in December when reviewing the pro-alarmist film ‘Merchants of Doubt’.
Apparently the sceptics are conjuring up, out of thin air, the appearance on doubt in regard to the science of climate change using snake oil salesman tactics and sleight of hand. Not sure just how much of the IPCC’s ramblings Mark Kermode has read but judging by his claims on this programme not much.
Kermode tells us that after watching the film he was enraged by the subject and the level of filibustering by the sceptics who are in the pay of big companies with vested interests…..apparently they are all flat earthers.
So no position taking there then by a BBC chappie…all based on his indepth and learned scientific knowlege of the science of climate change..or at least his having read something about it….or not…in reality he’s just a victim of what is patently a very one sided propaganda film by the Green industry….is there no two sides to this story then?
Firstly of course much of the climate scepticism, and the most sucessful, comes from people who have absolutely no backing from any industry, many of them scientists themselves….and all of it based upon study, analysis and critique of the published science…..and a very small part played by this site in exploring the BBC’s failure to report the inconsistencies in the scientific claims about climate and their lead environmental journalist’s own admission that he has been campaigning on the issue for 20 years...’We Think, Therefore It Is’
The BBC’s Roger Harrabin admitted he was a climate change campaigner:
I have spent much of the last two decades of my journalistic life warning about the potential dangers of climate change.
Second Kermode fails to mention the backing for the Greens from enormously rich business propagandists, such as Grantham…not to mention governments who pay billions into the climate change campaigner’s fighting fund…and not forgetting the BBC itself which provides invaluable and almost pricelss pro-climate change propaganda for the cause.
Nor does he mention the often violent opposition to any hint of criticism of the Green pathology.
Kermode vividly demonstrates what we suspect is the ingrained BBC attitude towards what it reports….everything is relative and there are no rights and wrongs in issues that the BBC supports…until we come up against a subject that the BBC is institutionally against such as immigration control, criticism of Islam, at least by white, working class people who haven’t checked their privilege, and the aforementioned climate change.
That sort of atttude, where the BBC will only let you voice your opinion if you are deemed to have the correct credentials, and it is the BBC who judges whether you have or not, is starkly illustrated by this exchange that Sue from ‘Is the BBC Biased?‘ had with a TV reviewer from the Sunday Times in 2007……
In 2007 I [Sue] wrote to the then TV editor of the Sunday Times to question a headline in that paper’s preview of an upcoming programme. The headline was: “Right Rant.” It was about Richard Littlejohn’s programme on C 4 about antisemitism in the UK. The War on Britain’s Jews, broadcast in July 2007.
I was surprised that the editor responded promptly, and at length…..
“Hopefully, you have now seen the programme and can understand why our critics dismissed Littlejohn’s programme as an incoherent rant from an extreme right-wing perspective. He had some valuable facts, but was shoehorning his tired old polemic on top of an argument that raised disturbing matters about which every sane person in the country should be alarmed. Should we really blame the left-wingers for the BNP painting swastikas on synagogues?
Simply put, Littlejohn does not have the credibility or authority to convince in a television programme arguing against violence towards one community when he himself has been guilty of prejudice towards other communities (have you ever read some of the things he has said about the Roma people, for example?). A serious journalist would have been able to put up an argument that was not simple bias riddled with holes. That’s not Littlejohn, though, is it?
I, too, deplore the rising incidence of attacks on Britain’s Jews, and on any other community, but none of our critics wanted to be accused of siding with Littlejohn. The fact is, in the television section, it is our jobs to rate the programmes as such, not to support or attack their polemics. Littlejohn’s record as a television and radio presenter is pretty atrocious, I think it was obvious for all to see why last night. What might pass for intellectual debate in the pages of the Mail or Sun does not necessarily pass muster over an hour on Channel 4.
I look forward to a serious film about the alarming growth of intolerance and prejudice in Britain, and I hope it is made by serious and responsible reporters.
A fascinating reaction from the Times….in black and white the ‘left wing’ visceral hatred of anyone who disagrees with them and the refusal to even register someone like Littlejohn has an argument…..the refusal to admit the Left are guilty of whipping up anti-Semitism and of siding with Islamists….which is more than proved by the evidence…and lots of it.
I thought the film entirely measured and well researched….the main voices in support were actually all left wing, Wilby, Cohen and Mann…and the chief constable of course said some damning things….and apart from the images of orthodox Jews the speaking heads were pretty normal people…’for Jews’!
The Times’ reaction was based upon it being Littlejohn and the nature of those he said were to blame for the anti-semitism….a statement that anti-semitism was said to be endemic in the Muslim community (recently backed up by Medhi Hasan…That ‘dirty little secret‘), the NUJ were slated for supporting the boycott of Israel and the Left were damned for joining forces with at least radical Islamists and at worst terrorists like Hizbollah.
The programme was no more a ‘right wing rant’ than Panorama’s recent investigation into ‘Islam in Britain’ and regardless of Littlejohn’s reputation amongst the chattering classes, who of course all secretly lap up what he says in their Daily Mails which they read assiduously and on the quiet, the programme was a worthy attempt at investigating the issues….dismissing it because of the ‘messenger’ smacks of the usual attempt to ignore those issues…the now famous culture of denial and political correctness that hides the inconvenient truths and pervades organisations like the BBC and others dominated by progressive leftwingers.
Having looked a bit further this might be of interest...Littlejohn in 2006:
‘None of it is particularly revolutionary. Anyone with half a brain could see that New Labour’s obsession with multi-culturalism, unlimited immigration and ‘human rights’ was destined to end in tears. And that the burgeoning health and safety bureaucracy was doing tremendous damage, not just to businesses, but to our way of life.
Yet we were dismissed, scorned and smeared as heartless, knee-jerk, Neanderthal Nazis. So you might think that after the amazing about-turn of the past week, we have the right to feel vindicated.
You have to understand that even though we were right all along, we were the ‘wrong’ kind of people, therefore our opinions were odious and illegitimate.’
‘The wrong kind of people’ reporting, dismissed conveniently as Neanderthal Nazis whose opinions were odious and illegitimate…how right he was…and how very Stalinist those who decried him.
But there’s more of great interest in his article…ala Farage and the Romanians…what did the Labour government say in 2006 about the expected influx of Romanians and Bulgarians?….
This from a BBC report … they knew, even as they recently maligned Farage for his Romanian comments, that Labour had expressed the same concerns back in 2006….
‘Government departments have been told to draw up emergency plans to deal with pressure on public services from an expected “step change” in immigration levels when Romania and Bulgaria join the EU next year.
The document, entitled Migration from Eastern Europe: Impact on Public Services and Community Cohesion, was written by junior Home Office Minister Joan Ryan and leaked to the Mail on Sunday.
In the leaked report, Ms Ryan argues that many more English teachers will be needed to deal with a big rise in the number of eastern European children unable to speak the language.
Hospital beds are being “blocked” by east European patients because they cannot claim social care and benefits if they leave.
And towns and cities where large numbers of new immigrants have settled are now calling for millions of pounds of extra funding to cope, the report says.
The report, which is marked “restricted” and dated 19 July, came the day after Ms Ryan put out another document saying that 45,000 “undesirable” criminal migrants from Romania and Bulgaria could settle in the UK next year.’
45,000 ‘undesirables’…wouldn’t want them as neighbours? Racist to say so.
Farage was right then.
Or Labour is racist.
James O’Brien? He’ll be ramping up the kangaroo court once again and no doubt putting all those Labour politicians in the dock…..and Newsnight will once again embrace him as one of their own.
Don’t hold your breath.