THE BBC: FIGHTING FOR THE EUROPEAN UNION (STILL)


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Yesterday, as I was driving through the Highlands, I listened on my radio to the BBC’s midday news programme The World At One (or ‘WATO’ as its known).  The programme was being presented by Martha Kearney.  By the end of the hour, in my head I had written the following letter to Mr Roger Bolton.  Mr Bolton is the front-man for BBC Radio 4’s Feedback programme.

Dear Mr Bolton

I have just been listening to Martha Kearney on the World At One (WATO) programme on Tuesday 13 December.  Ms Kearney was tackling the subject of Brexit from the European Parliament in Strasbourg.  Incidentally, Ms Kearney made no mention of the ludicrous nonsense of the EU Parliament shifting between Brussels and Strasbourg every month costing EU taxpayers about £100 million every year, but there you go.  Under the circumstances, why didn’t Ms Kearney make the slightest reference to this circus?

Anyway, Ms Kearney interviewed 6 people including, finally, Nigel Farage.  During her interviews with a Czech MEP, a German MEP, a Labour MEP, a Conservative MEP and the European Parliament’s Brexit Negotiator, Guy Verhofstadt, Ms Kearney asked a total of 21 questions.  During that time, she challenged one interviewee on 4 occasions (the Conservative MEP, funnily enough) and made no interruptions to any of the speakers.  All of Ms Kearney’s questions related directly and only to EU matters.  Ms Kearney also included a facile section ‘interviewing’ people at Strasbourg’s Christmas Market.  What on earth was the point of that, other than to demonstrate that Ms Kearney can speak a little French?  How cosmopolitan, she is.  Indeed, how European, she is.  Excellent.

Then, Ms Kearney turned her attentions to Mr Farage.  She asked Nigel Farage 6 questions, including questions relating to Donald Trump, so-called ‘Far Right’ political parties in Europe and UKIP MEPs’ expenses.  As Mr Farage answered the questions put to him, Ms Kearney challenged him on 3 occasions and interrupted him 19 times.

It’s interesting to note that a majority of the British people – who are, of course, taxed to fund the BBC, which includes paying Ms Kearney’s salary – voted for the UK to leave the EU, presumably because the majority of British people believe that all is not well with the workings of the EU.  One might have expected the BBC to have picked up on this national mood by now.  On the contrary, the BBC, on this occasion through the offices of Martha Kearney and the WATO programme, clearly feels that it is its duty to hand the BBC microphone to advocates of the EU (bar the Conservative MEP, of course, who was duly challenged during his interview) whilst grilling the man who gave voice to the 17.4 million British people who voted for the UK to leave the EU.

The BBC bleats that on the matter of the UK leaving the EU, it is not biased.  Give me a break, please.

How do Martha Kearney and the Editor of WATO explain away such blatant bias?

Yours sincerely

Moraymint

 

31 comments

  1. My prediction is that they will answer a different question to the one you asked and say that shows they got it about right.

    Oh, and that they’ve put your comments in the audience log.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Sounds about right – for a singularly unaccountable organisation like the BBC.

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  2. Robert E Lee · ·

    Good stuff mm. I’m amazed at your powers of concentration–recording all those stats whilst driving. I’m at an age where I forget what I had for breakfast as I back out of the driveway in the morning. Nevertheless, I wish you success in your quest for a sensible explanation from our National broadcaster. (In view of the facts, there can’t be one of course).
    I’ve posted my opinion of the ‘msm’ in general many times over the years and it’s less than complimentary. Both broadcast and print are equally culpable; there are too many vested interests irrespective of source, and I include Breitbart in that category too. All pin their colours to the mast at the outset, a kind of ‘take it or leave it’ way of espousing an opinion which is patently biased and even purporting to express ‘facts’ in the same manner. What happened to objective reporting? I take the view, (as you are doubtless aware): I’m old enough and ugly enough to make up my own mind thanks. Thus, instead of being force fed propaganda (of any political hue) I must censor my intake of what passes for news, if for no other reason than to control my blood pressure.
    I note that your poster ‘Malcolm’ mentions The Slog and Conservative Woman, neither of which I’m aware of, but I will check them out.
    Regards, and power to your elbow.
    REL

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Robert. My secret here (and under similar circumstances) is to make use of the wonders of technology these days, not least our dear old friend the internet. In fact, I’m generally suspicious of panglossian claims about ‘technology’. However, in this case I nipped over to the BBC iPlayer and listened again to WATO and Ms Kearney. One can start, stop, pause and rewind programmes – so it was a cinch to do my counting over a cup of tea at 5.30 am this morning. There, now the secret’s out!

      What was blindingly obvious whilst I was driving was Ms Kearney’s determination to give free rein to her EU buddies whilst crawling all over Nigel Farage like a rash. It was shameless bias.

      Like you, I take my news these days from a variety of sources and treat virtually all of them with a degree of suspicion – the BBC especially so.

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  3. Malcolm · ·

    Morning Mr Moraymint!
    Like Cameron did for my voting for Conservatives, the bias of the BBC has done similar. I now no longer bother watching any of the BBC’s output. The original hint to me was when they put a set of Muslim women on Countryfile, for no apparent reason other than Diversity.

    I find that I am doing the same with the newspapers, and stopped purchasing them due to their obvious bias. Some could be read on the web, but again the bias and often downright nastyness of the commentors stopped me even reading the free editions. This is sad for me as I used to service Papermills around the country, especially the newsprint producing ones. The closuers have taken around 5000 tonnes/day out of the loop. Of course the manufacturing killing “green levy” had a hand in these closures also.

    So, I missed the WOTA episode, but made up for it by reading (Brietbart, The Slog and Conservative Woman) and a host of other undesireable/pleb right leaning blogs.

    Talking to other similar people on the bowling green, many are taking a very similar route to me. So how long before papers like The Guardian and Idependent close? The future for the Sky bid would lean in a similar direction (aka the result with The Telegraph)

    Regards,
    Malcolm…

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Malcolm. I think there is indeed an almost unseen, uncharted movement taking place these days. Tens of millions of people in the ‘western world’ (for want of a better term) are patently sick to death of the state we’re in (literally). I’m becoming increasingly confident that this movement, this backlash against liberal elitism, Establishments, semi-detached politicians, ‘big business’, unelected, unaccountable institutions like the IMF, the UN, the EU, the OECD etc, political correctness and so on and so forth will gain ever more momentum over the coming years.

      For me, the absolute priority is to see the European Union disintegrate within the next, say, 5 years or so; then we’ll be on to something good …

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  4. reallyoldbill · ·

    I have been hearing about bias at the BBC against anything remotely to the right of the political spectrum for years. I used to dismiss it as imagined rather than substantive bias, and if it existed it tended to generally be subtle, but the EU referendum campaign, and even more the wholly unexpected (by them) result has thrown it into very sharp relief; they no longer even try to hide it, as your excellent post demonstrates. It is even becoming apparent in the ordinary news reports never mind the political programmes and documentaries.The infuriating thing for many people is that, whether we choose to make use of its output or not, we are forced, by law of the land no less, to fund it. That is a disgrace in a supposedly democratic country. If we need a “public service” broadcaster – and I am not convinced that we do – then it should be forced (also under the force of law and not some self-administered charter) to be scrupulously impartial, the judge of which should be a neutral committee appointed by parliament and not a toothless BBC trust the members of which are drawn from the same small pool of talentless, quango-hopping non-entities. The licence fee has to go, so that reward is conditional upon product success as it is in the real world, and the outrageous excesses enjoyed by BBC elites has to be justified to those who fund them. As long as guaranteed income is forthcoming whatever the level of discontent among those providing it about the service produced then nothing will change. Sadly, the political will is lacking to enact the major change required to restore the previously world-wide respect that Auntie used to enjoy. After Brexit, when we commence the long haul job of clearing out the Augean stables that is our present political and constitutional arrangements the structure and governance, if not the very existence, of the BBC should be included in the crosshairs.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Great comment …

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  5. Greetings Murray from down under.
    Below an interesting read:-

    https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/eu_funding

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks! The BBC has and does receive even more taxpayers’ money than it does through the Licence Fee. The BBC receives taxpayers’ money channelled through the EU. A conflict of interest if ever there was one …

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    2. It would be interesting to see similar figures for 2011 to 2016. I feel a FOI request coming on.

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  6. You clearly do not understand that the BBC is the tool and voice of the “elites” ( if I can use that word loosely) that govern the UK, irrespective of Party, and is only carrying out their Plato/Hobbes mandate in convincing the serfs that concerning Brexit “mother knows best” as far as their welfare goes. They are so set against Trump / Farage because they represent the Socrates / Locke version of real democracy based on the Locke based statement written into the American Constitution “We the People”. It is well explained in this essay:
    https://beththeserf.wordpress.com/2016/12/13/43rd-edition-serf-under_ground-journal/

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks, and I feel acutely conscious of the BBC’s self-appointed role as voice of the liberal elite! I’ll take a look at the link; thank you.

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  7. I would be interested to read any reply you may receive.

    I am regularly active on the BBC’s Have Your Say comments section on their website. It is quite clear that since the start of the referendum campaigns there have been a number of posters who are planted there by the EU – some have not even challenged my claims that they are trolls paid by Brussels. I don’t doubt that this is with the full assistance of the Biased Broadcasting Company.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      I’m not holding my breath waiting for a reply! I shall doubtless be ignored for being the ignorant, racist, xenophobic pleb that I am …

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  8. An excellent account Moray.
    Interruptions and red herrings per minute is THE way to quantify their bias…being radio, you don`t get the visual crossed arms and fumings of,say, Stephen Sackur or James O Brien.
    Still-no doubt Martha was able to load up on her anti-histamines at Strasbourgs market, and get a few prezzies…imagine they`re done with the New York shops post -Trump.
    The beauty of us all being sensitised and educated to what they`re up to 24/7 is that they think we don`t know. Thanks to the likes of Biased BBC and Is The BBC BIased? sites . we all know too well these days. And that license of theirs is getting resisted due to their hatred and scorn for those of us who hate them more than we love Nigel or Donald.

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  9. Naturally, your complaint to the BBC will, as usual fall on deaf ears. The BBC & its employees live in a confirmation biased echo chamber. The only notable exception is Andrew Neil who fits the description of a neutral & fierce interviewer & journalist.

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Andrew Neil is indeed good. I’m surprised he’s survived with the BBC as long as he has …

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  10. Old Goat · ·

    It’ll largely fall upon deaf ears, I fear. The BBC are in the bias business, up to their necks, they know it, and we know it, and of course,they know we know. What’s more, I believe they’re proud of it, judging by the daily, blatant claptrap they spout. It’s as if they’re challenging us:- “Yeah, we’re biased, big-time. So what are you going to do about it?” Indeed, what CAN we do?

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Spot on. One can only hope that with the passage of time and the increasing bankruptcy of the State – financially and morally – the BBC will disintegrate, or be disintegrated along with rest of the Establishment. OK, so I’m fantasising, but sooner or later the BBC has to come under unbearable pressure to change. Quite how, I know not. It’s sad, really …

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  12. Not helpful I know, but slightly less biased in comparison with CNN which my father-in-law watches continuously. 24 hour propaganda repeated (it seems) about ever half hour. George Orwell would have been proud.

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  13. vincent johnson · ·

    Well i presume you sent it–but really dog bites man—BBC biased —BBC turned into a social engineering elitist self-serving institution so long ago that had read George Orwell and have worked hard in mirroring his Thought Department ? BBC of his horrific futuristic novel that is here today

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    1. moraymint · ·

      I did indeed send the above letter to Mr Bolton, Vincent! It will achieve absolutely cock-all, but it’s vital in a democracy that we never stop hammering the State and the Establishment and all of its lackeys – the BBC being a travesty of unbiased news reporting. Indeed, as I replied elsewhere on this page, the BBC is rapidly transmogrifying into a parody of a state broadcaster. I can’t bear the institution when it comes to news and current affairs. Some of its other apolitical stuff is excellent – but I object to being taxed for having the BBC beamed into my home. It’s Orwellian.

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  14. Brilliant (though, based on my limited experience, it will get you nowhere).

    The BBC has become propaganda for the self-styled “liberal” elites. It is tragic, because ideally one would look to the BBC for coverage more impartial than provided by privately-owned media.

    I find the BBC’s general stance to be “PC” to the point of nausea. Its coverage of economics is facile. (Even its soccer coverage has become a Manchester United fanzine!)

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    1. moraymint · ·

      Thanks Tim. Like you, I really do despair at the BBC. It’s going from bad to worse, becoming a parody of a state broadcaster. I’m clear that a tax-funded BBC should be swept away and replaced with a subscription service. If people want to pay for the tirade of garbage produced by BBC News and Current Affairs then let the market arbitrate.

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      1. Tom Taylor · ·

        At least the BBC still allows comments on it’s website…

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        1. moraymint · ·

          Fair point. However, I do wonder to what extent the BBC makes use of feedback – through whatever channel – systematically to review and possibly change its editorial and other policies?

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        2. Comments are heavily censored by a team of “moderators”. See my earlier post about the misuse of the BBC’s website, Have Your Say, by Brussels paid trolls.

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  15. Arfur Bryant · ·

    I await the response with great anticipation! No doubt it will be both politically correct and totally vacuous.

    A work colleague told me the other day that the BBC was not biased. I will send him this link…

    Have great Christmas holiday! (Or do we have to call it something else now?)

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  16. Brilliant

    Looking forward to hearing the response

    (I think it would be fun to draft their response, and see how close we get!)

    BBC charter Duty to inform Pick multiple points of view Unbiassed Blah blah…..

    Mark

    Sent from my iPad

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