Over on Transport BlogI’ve made some comments on a BBC article comparing railways then and now

Over on Transport BlogI’ve made some comments on a BBC article comparing railways then and now. The list of omissions and apparent inaccuracies is staggering. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

I got a perfect score

in this BBC quiz about Islam. Perhaps that has led me to look kindly on it. It’s very much the BBC view, but I accept a certain delicacy is necessary here. In several cases I gave the answer I knew they wanted while maintaining reservations. Jihad certainly can mean interior struggle -but the non-PC “holy war” translation is enthusastically accepted by many Muslims. That figure for the projected US Muslim … Continue reading

Readers write.

As Raj noticed, I tried to dodge getting all the B-BBC bias letters for a bit, because of other commitments. What I think I’ll do is every now and then make a post like this one that invites anyone who wishes to tell the world about examples of bias they have seen. Of course it’s impractical for us to track them all down and check the details; this is a … Continue reading

Raj

writes (originally a comment to the post below): I’m writing as someone who in general believed the BBC to be biased over the war but otherwise find most complaints of bias petty. The BBC Breakfast news today had a piece on hunting today just before 8am. First there was a prefilmed piece which was presumably put together by the BBC. You heard 2 anti hunt protestors putting forward their point … Continue reading

The Guardian

says that only when we lose the BBC will we realise what we have lost. Not so. I know perfectly well I will miss this blog. Come the glorious day all the B-BBC posters will feel some of the emptiness that must have touched Carl Bernstein’s soul when he realised that, truly, he no longer had Nixon to kick around any more. With Othello we will bid farewell to the … Continue reading

Beeb: We wish George would get what Tony’s got.

The theme of Tom Carver’s advocacy piece seems to be his wish that Americans would be as distrustful of George as Brits are of Tony. Here’s how the teaser on the front page reads (at the time of writing)– “Case for war: Why has Bush escaped anger facing Blair over intelligence on Iraq?” And here’s the caption (at the time of writing) under President Bush giving the State of the … Continue reading

News or Opinion?

BBC reporter Stuart Hughes has my sympathy and best wishes for recovery from his landmine injury in Iraq. I’m not very sympathetic, however, toward the BBCi editors who insist on pushing an opinion piece disguised as ‘news’. It may be an analysis but news it ain’t! Hughes writes: The United States is at the centre of the debate over landmines. The US remains the largest donor to mine clearance projects, … Continue reading

Ever hopeful.

Sweden had a referendum today on whether to join the Euro. Voting was overshadowed by the murder of Anna Lindh, foreign minister and leading voice of the Yes campaign. The BBC had six quickie quotes from Swedes exiting the polls, clearly gathered before the result was known. How come five out of the six people whose views were quoted had voted Yes? The No campaign led the polls throughout, and … Continue reading

Even Radio 1 – what’s on the play list?

I listened to the lyrics of this song a couple of weeks ago, as I was heading out the door in the morning. Caught it again today, and looked them up to check. And yes, Black Eyed Peas – Where Is The Love is nuts…. “What’s wrong with the world, mama People livin’ like they ain’t got no mamas I think the whole world addicted to the drama Only attracted … Continue reading

Actually and Persistently Misleading.

In his latest roundup of the EuroPress, Denis Boyles notes the convienient disappearance of that embarrassing Gilligan story. In London, a parliamentary committee has reported that Andrew Gilligan and the BBC lied when they broadcast the allegation that the Blair government had “sexed up” its claims of Iraqi threats in an effort to convince Britons to go to war. The BBC had staked its reputation on the accuracy of that … Continue reading

Some of the Biased BBC junta

might support an organisation called “Conservative Soul”, others might not. Either faction can profitably read the organization’s account of how BBC culture is skewed to the left. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

Laban Tall

has spotted a BBC interviewer (John Pienaar) apparently comparing the Coalition in the recent Iraq war to the Nazis. To be fair, if Pienaar really has read Anne Frank, he might have intended a more subtle and accurate comparison. I haven’t a copy to hand, but in her diary Anne Frank several times expresses her support and admiration for the Allied bomber crews – even though she was at risk … Continue reading

Mike Zom

writes: This is for the “BBC Bias” files. It shows how they rewrite stories that aren’t sufficiently negative. This is how the story originally appeared: Sunday, 7 September, 2003, 03:43 GMT 04:43 UK Second wave heads for Iraq Another 50 British troops have flown to Iraq, taking the total number of reinforcements this weekend to more than 100. Part of the second battalion light infantry based in Cyprus, they landed … Continue reading

Anthony Cox

of Black Triangle writes: “Bush has just given his speech, the BBC report it as: Bush vows to defeat Iraq resistance. “Given that the majority of Iraqi’s do not want the US to leave and the people in the resistance are disguntled hardline Baath party members, or foreigners with their own agenda, then calling them ‘Iraq resistance’ seems a bit biased. “Surely the real Iraqi resistance are those working with … Continue reading

We’ve got some competition

. Seems that the Telegraph is going to start monitoring the BBC for itself. In announcing this move Charles Moore has this (and more) to say about BBC bias: No, BBC bias is not a piece of partisan trickery – it is a state of mind. So strong is the state of mind that a great many of the acts of bias, perhaps the majority of them, are quite unconscious. … Continue reading