Plastic Beeb

. As Ed Thomas prophesied in the posting below, the headline to Mahathir’s anti-semitic rant story on BBCi has now been altered. Norman Geras couldn’t help but notice some plasticity on this one too. Click through to read and contribute comments on this post.

Headlines, News Items & Fact Boxes

[Nb.- since this post, editing has begun to the story. Kofi Annan, for instance, makes an appearance, and his contribution is very interesting. Imagine the report without this and you are close(r) to the original. No doubt this process will continue, but I’m sure my comments won’t be assauged by further edits. Watch out for a headline change- that really would be news. [1.17pm UK. Here’s the latest- bye, bye, … Continue reading

Facts unchecked.

This piece on the growing recognition of the need for Thatcherite reforms in Germany, prompted one of our correspondents, John Perry, to ask if the BBC or Labour MP Gisela Stuart knew their German history. The story says: “Ms Stuart suggested that the liberal economic policies pursued in the 1960s by chancellor Ludwig Erhard might be one solution” As our correspondent observes, Erhard’s reforms did indeed trigger the “German economic … Continue reading

Don’t Mention It.

Amazingly this story fails to mention where the Egyptian twins received their life-extending surgery, though a small hint of the location is dropped in the medical history window. It’s hard to imagine this is a mere oversight since the article later makes much of an “Italy success” to separate conjoined twins. Other national references mentioned in the story include: Egypt, Greece, a “French news agency”, “Guatamalan twins”, “Iranians”, Singapore. This … Continue reading

Another Salvo in the War: Vendettas to Pursue

Here’s a piece on recent website coverage of the so-called revamping of US Iraq policy. The website provides the most detailed and broad range of BBC coverage available anywhere, and must surely be important in shaping international opinion through the internet. The newsgathering it employs must also be very important for co-ordinating all branches of the BBC- terrestrial TV, radio, digital and cable. Another Salvo in the War: Vendettas to … Continue reading

Talking Politics

The Saturday 11th October edition of ‘Talking Politics’ (Radio 4), hosted by Sheena McDonald, was a model of BBC P.C. bias. Let me say at the start that I have nothing against opinion programmes, so long as there is diversity in the kind of opinions offered, and opinion pieces are clearly sign posted as such. Talking Politics is not sign posted as an op-ed piece. The programme was on the … Continue reading

Andy Whittles

The Saturday 11th October edition of Today carried an article about the California election. Margaret Doyle introduced an American author called Jonathan Franzen. Franzen was introduced as a ‘liberal’, which a spot of googling certainly confirms to be the case (though the BBC shows progress here in introducing the standpoint of a speaker who would be unknown to most listeners). Franzen’s interview was really a monologue. Naturally, the result of … Continue reading

Birth Pains of Iraq’s Democracy’: cynicism, mindlessness and obfuscation?

Ok. I thought this piece was going to be long (hint: this is a stealth edit), but it isn’t all that bad when I look at it on the page. It’s just one out of many examples from the ongoing famine of truth and feast of slanted opinion that the BBC is harbouring during this Iraq business. ‘Birth Pains of Iraq’s Democracy’: cynicism, mindlessness and obfuscation? Terribly strong nouns, those- … Continue reading

Was Radio 1 really making the right choice?

Was Radio 1 really making the right choice when it opted for Black Eyed Peas’ “Where is the Love?” as the backing music for a report on Arnie’s election to the California governorship, and potential future ambitions? Is the lyric “terrorists in the USA, the big CIA, the bloods and the crips and the KKK” really appropriate? Ignorance or bias, you decide… Click through to read and contribute comments on … Continue reading

Not happy (again)

Ms Kay is not happy again. She still views the win as a loss for Davis, rather than a win for Arnie because people wanted him to. More interestingly, even if one supports the argument that a narrowly-based, high culture state broadcaster is permissible to allow people to better themselves (don’t scoff too much – I believe this is the thesis of Rose’s ‘Intellectual Life of the British Working Classes’ … Continue reading

Ooh, Auntie is not pleased that that Mr Arnold Whassisname has won in California

A comical series of counter comments runs through this article. One of the things Auntie doesn’t like is that it might seem to boost the Republicans. Remember, Arnold was only running on a ‘Republican ticket’, whatever they are (something to do with trains or whatever). Remember too, Arnold, you’ve been ‘short on detail and “big” on promises’, but also that you’ve got by by ‘not promising very much of anything’. … Continue reading

Ed- a new boy

Here goes… For serious coverage of the California circus, which also happens to be a State not far away from having an economy the size of Britain’s, Mark Steyn’s essay ‘A state too far’ is available here. There’s no denying though that the Beeb has a great sense of humour. Take a look at an example from David Bamford here Note the gentle indulgence of George Bush’s mental flailings over … Continue reading

Joke candidates – joke reporting.

BBC correspondent Katty Kay has a good laugh at Arnie the Terminator, wacky Californian delis, joke candidates and so on. She probably thinks she’s being impartial because she freely admits the incumbent Democrat, Gray Davis, is likely to lose. “Arnie appears to have been given something of a free pass precisely because he is a film star and not a politician. “Which, in the end, may be precisely the reason … Continue reading

Put your head in your hands and weep

. This “analysis” is by by Barbara Plett – BBC correspondent in Ramallah. The analysis of the analysis is by Robert Hinkley of The Sporadic Chronicle. (The title of this post is by him, too.) Alert readers may notice that that the present BBC text differs from the text Mr Hinkley quotes. For instance, this “Syria is, of course, Israel’s enemy. The two countries are still in an official state … Continue reading