Good Morning Scotland

is Radio Scotland’s flagship morning news programme. Yesterday, the US Government passed a USD87 billion programme for operations in Iraq – of which is USD18.6 billion is for genuine civil and economic reconstruction. This money is paid as grants (not loans), so does not need to be repaid. To discuss this significant event with the BBC’s Derek Bateman, the BBC wheeled out Martin Lewis, announced as a ‘US-based political commentator’. … Continue reading

Calling the kettle ‘black’

, the BBC cauldron continues to bubble and burp with a ‘story’ on Bush administration ‘corruption’. (Hint: if you give to GW’s re-election fund, you’ll be sure to get in on the ground floor in Iraq.) As one aptly named myth-buster notes here, the study on which the ‘story’ is based is just plain horsefeathers. Here is an email sent to Glenn Reynolds in response to his post on this … Continue reading

The clash of political correctness(es)

What do you do when you have a female racial minority employee with a great employment record at the BBC? You sack her, because she sounds ‘posh’. This highlights the folly of the left’s ardent desire to groupthink (whatever happened to ‘I have a dream‘?). Black people are OK so long as they are left wing, but if they are somehow not proles (or lefties) then the left hates them. … Continue reading

No Questions for ANSWER?

Where are those highly-skilled investigative Beebots when there is news? Sleeping it seems. First, this postwar anti-war demo was a mere sliver of pre-war and mid-war moonbat confabs. That should be reported, not spun. The march was thought to be smaller than the mass demonstrations before and during the war. But the BBC’s Jon Leyne, who was at the Washington rally, said it was probably more in tune with the … Continue reading

The BBC is obstructing the inquiry

The BBC is obstructing the inquiry (sound familiar?) into the exorbitant cost of the new Scottish Parliament building, which has increased from an estimated 40 million to 400million (est) since its inception. Alan Cochrane gets angry and Iain Murray reflects that the BBC is becoming a law to itself (scroll down) in a post entitled ‘Contempt for Democracy’. The Beeb meanwhile, or at least in collusion with Kirsty Wark whose … Continue reading

Headlining Tragedy

In one of the threads below PJF comments that CNN is a left of centre broadcaster. That may be true, but it’s never worried me too much because I’ve always felt, having ‘watched’ Kosovo on CNN, that there is some sanity there and a sense of perspective. Subjective I know, but there it is. Today I read of the terrible news of deaths in Baghdad- after a week of relative … Continue reading

The Radio 4 Friday 18:30 ‘Comedy’ Slot

The BBC have a ‘Comedy’ slot on a Friday. I would contend it is for left-wing metropolitan ‘comics’ only. The October 24th edition of ‘The Now Show’ contained its usual blend of both hard and soft left polemics. The show started with a soapbox style rant about the police from armchair SWP member Mitch Benn. This was so unfunny that the audience (composed of BBC staffers and like-minded people) simply … Continue reading

A clear attempt by the Republicans to shift blame from the White House and on to the intelligence community

As a Congress committee allegedly prepares to criticise the CIA over WMDs in Iraq, ‘BBC state department correspondent Jon Leyne says the committee report is a clear attempt by the Republicans to shift blame from the White House and on to the intelligence community. ‘ The BBC rolls out a correspondent and shows a certainty that I’ve rarely come across in one of its reports. Where were they when Mahathir … Continue reading

CLINTON BROKERS LANDMARK AIDS DEAL

From BBConline: CLINTON BROKERS LANDMARK AIDS DEAL Bush signs $15bn anti-aids plan Coincidental headlines/ subheadlines to put up the same morning? Interesting contrast? If you read the articles, one casts doubt on the other [Maybe I should clarify. What’s interesting is the way Bob Geldolf’s contrast between Clinton and Bush is undermined. Now, Geldof is anti-Euro, pro- Neo-Conservative, according to his recorded comments, which is rather unlike the BBC. This … Continue reading

Good Morning Scotland

is BBC Radio Scotland’s flagship morning news programme. The Friday 24th October edition carried an article about how Network Rail is to assume control of routine maintenance contracts from private contractors. During the article, which was a conversation between the news ‘anchor’ Alex Bell and the BBC Transport Correspondent Tom Simons, the BBC got a chance to show it’s economic illiteracy. BELL: “I suppose that costs will be reduced because … Continue reading

Israel denies targeting Gaza civilians

Thanks to Dan’s vigorous comments on a recent thread, I’ve focussed on this report by James Reynolds on Israel’s recent air strike on a car in the Nusseirat refugee camp. ‘Israel denies targeting Gaza civilians’ This misrepresents the case: whether Israel struck regardless of a crowd of civilians. Few, including witness accounts, doubt that Israel attacked a car (containing terrorists, the Israelis say) rather than a crowd. Note though that … Continue reading