Wednesday, 28 May 2014

BBC unfit to report elections

Lord Reith's vision was of a politically neutral national broadcaster funded by government but not the government's slave, owned by and talking to one-nation Britain, to all our people, and not just to a particular cohort who share the political views of the broadcasters. An organisation that could be trusted by all parties, all election candidates and all voters to report neutrally and without fear or favour. It saddens me that the BBC that we've got in 2014 is so far from the Reithian ideal that it's become unfit to report elections. 

Neutrality is not the same as that self-promoted BBC term 'balance'. 'Balance' the way the BBC define it means being able to say the Tories are w*****s, UKIP are t*****s and Labour are dipsticks. It means broadcasters are able to express and include their personal opinions and evaluations so long as they do it for all parties. It's very different from a standard of corporate impartiality - impartiality means refraining from making personal statements and including personal opinions about any of the parties. 

The BBC has gone for 'balance' because it imagines that it's in competition with a commercial press and media that operates under no such restraints. No-one who watched any of Nick Robinson's sneering belittling references to UKIP before the elections, or has seen Guido's exposure of BBC producers and executives including Jasmine Lawrence, Sally Challoner or Rosemary Baker who have made nasty, partisan and public statements about their hatred for the 4.3 million Brits who voted for UKIP, can be under any illusion that the BBC is impartial.

The BBC has failed in its political reporting function. It must be reformed. 

18 comments:

DeeDee99 said...

The BBC won't be reformed.

They need it to stay just as it is - biased and cheerleading for the EU and those who want us IN it - just in case a Referendum HAS to be held in the next few years.

But I suggest that the results of the EU and local elections indicate that most sentient people are no longer paying much attention to BBC news. They know it selects the stories it highlights very carefully and is blatantly biased: the reporting about UKIP prior to the EU elections was a Masterclass in propaganda and it still failed.

Anonymous said...

So strong was the public feeling about the way we have been lied to and cheated, that two anti UKIP campaigns failed. One was, as you mention, the BBC. The other was the electoral commission. The EC failed to put a stop to UKIP "spoilers" being deliberately placed on the ballot papers. This like "The Party for UK Independence" or the "Out of EU Party" or other names and stated causes so similar to UKIP that they caused confusion at the polling booths. It is one of the ECs roles to stop similar names and stop confusion in the polling booths, but they didn't UKIP, quite rightly, stated that this practice caused them to not win an additional 2 seats.

But then again, why are we surprised? Our electoral quotient has been wildly out of kilter since Labour skewed it that way.

Coney Island

G. Tingey said...

To rely on Guido for anything shows a lamentable lack of judgement.
I still don't get it, though.
What is wrong with the Beeb?
As far as radio is concerned, nothing.

Anonymous said...

'There's no so blind, as those who will not see'
The BBC hates UKIP and informs us in gravely toned phrasing, UKIP have no experience nor will they be able to govern and in almos the same breath - extol the virtues of Red Ed.......
Miliband is Communist, is a man who thinks he knows all the answers but actually knows full all about the price of bread and why should he care for the taxpayer will pay but if his plans come to fruitition - whither the taxpayer then?
Miliband, as he averred yesterday in Thurrock Essex - he requires Britain to have no say in its future - and very firmly ensconced in the EU.

Miliband, his scorched earth cohorts, will force Britain Kicking and screaming back to the bad old days. He is a rabid hard left, green tinged lunatic and full on devotee of Neo Marxist critical theory. His economic illiteracy is boundless, hie policies will bring about a financial collapse, an obliteration Brown initiated and thus Miliband will finish off Brown's destruction of the remnants of British manufacturing and heavy industry.

But that's alright at the bbc - because in their omniscient wisdom, Labour are a party of government and UKIP aren't - simpleton left wing dogma - always wins in the beeb.

Reading the mood music at Socialist-Cultural Marxist groupthink, aka the BBC, the meme goes something like - "UKIP there's nothing to worry about",
And, "things will soon return to normal" that,
"it was all a silly protest vote and the EU sails imperiously on because Merkel and the Kommissars will ignore it".

London, "Allah akbar" voted for Labour and more of the same old..... Ed Miliband will return the country to some sort of workers paradise and a command economy.

And so it goes.

The appalling imbalance and political bias at the BBC will endeavour to ensure a Labour victory at the forthcoming GE. Labour, who can rely on the votes of the civil service, inclusive of most of the NHS, and of the "client state", along with the Celtic Fringe, and the ethnic vote means RED ED will be back - REJOICE!

The real theme of the BBC, all immigration is beneficial - there is no down side and with Britain in the EU nothing can go wrong.

Could it?

And white Britain can go hang.

Which turns the 2015 election, into rather a titanic if not an existential battle does it not?

Anonymous said...

I watch a different bbc to you. I'm sick of hearing pro Cameron propaganda and everythings brilliant with the economy
guido still keeps in friendly touch with nick robinson and receives quite a few stories from said nick on the quiet

Anonymous said...

Listening to Radio 5 Live yesterday and it was a masterclass in how to frame a debate, with almost the entire day devoted to the message.

'The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion but to allow a very lively debate within that spectrum.' - Chomsky

That is how the BBC works and if the debate is the EU, as it was yesterday, it was defined as: "what is wrong about these people who don't want us to be in the EU" - discuss

Today's discussion is 'racism' because a report has just been published which says it has increased. The debate will be defined as: "only whites are racist" - discuss

Steve

Gordon the Fence Post Tortoise said...

'The smart way to keep people passive and obedient is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion but to allow a very lively debate within that spectrum.' - Chomsky and then some

A quick look at which items the BBC web site allow comments (for the little they're worth) is telling.

Mr. Tingey - do you have a TARDIS? or are you simply light years away?

English Pensioner said...

The commercial TV companies are probably more neutral, in spite of there being no legal obligation, because they have to attract their audience and keep advertisers.Any blatant bias could lose them one or both.

Bloke In Italy said...

I am disappointed the tories have not made more of an effort to break up and sell off the bits of the BBC.

It is so obviously a major obstacle to growth and to freedom.

Dr Evil said...

I wonder if the BBC will post about what that lover of democracy David Cameron is trying to do in Brussels? This man of princile is asking the Finnish national party and the Danish Peoples party to join the EPP which the conservatives are in. he's trying to isolate UKIP so they wil not serve on committees and so they will get no EU funding either. What an utter tosser trying to defy the will of the British people. This justifies my opinion of the man; he has no honour.

Odin's Raven said...

Even the lefty Scot Nat Craig Murray complains about the BBC bias towards Labour in their election coverage.
BBC New Labour Orgasm

The Stigler said...

Just privatise it. Sell it off to anyone who wants to buy a share and allow people to buy a subscription if they want it.

In the era of digital TV with very few limits on bandwidth there's plenty of channels for all.

And as there's plenty of channels, ditch the whole "impartiality" nonsense and let anyone take a view. Let the privatised BBC push their Metropolitan Socialist message and let The Spectator run a channel for us righties.

Ian Hills said...

What next - compulsory telescreens in our living rooms, with BBC staff monitoring our faces for disbelieving twitches and sneers?

Budgie said...

Supporters of the BBC just want you to pay for their propaganda.

The BBC is not self aware: it cannot comprehend that using Grauniad journalists for its flagship Radio 4 current affairs as much as all others combined is bias of the most insidious kind. It is unreformable.

The BBC should be sold off, and then those that like it can pay for it, instead of expecting the rest of us to pick up the tab for them.

John M said...

What about Dimbleby's lamentable attempts through Sunday night's EU results to infer a link between UKIP and France's FN party, by continually pointing out every 5 minutes that there was no link but would UKIP be forming an alliance with them?

Anonymous said...

Name one right of center BBC journo or presenter apart from Jeremy Clarkson.
I think that the BBC is likely incapable of being reformed.

Anonymous said...

Supporters of the BBC just want you to pay for their propaganda.

The BBC is not self aware: it cannot comprehend that using Grauniad journalists for its flagship Radio 4 current affairs as much as all others combined is bias of the most insidious kind. It is unreformable.

The BBC should be sold off, and then those that like it can pay for it, instead of expecting the rest of us to pick up the tab for them.


In a nutshell Budgie, sell it off and sell it off soon.

G. Tingey said...

GFPT & others
I LISTEN TO Radi$ & Radio3 (quite a lot)
I do not have a TV
One of the anonymi said: Listening to Radio 5 Live ... Well, that's a mistake, for a start, you are down to, or below the TV level, for starters.

Incidentally, the newspaper I always read (in digital form) is the "Telegraph" .....