John on June 18, 2007 at 7:19 pm
Looks like the Beeb is still fighting the battle to avoid having to release the “Balen Report” which was an inside assessment of its Israel coverage. However, several Brit papers are reporting that some kind of internal BBC report on bias has been leaked to the press.
The Beeb apparently is criticized heavily for promoting Live 8 and other trendy causes. It’s not clear whether the far more serious charges: knee-jerk anti-Americanism, anti-Christian sentiment, anti-Israel sentiment and general left wing bias on every social issue under the sun are really mentioned in the current report.
There was a meeting back in October of last year where various BBC bigwigs confessed to bias in most of these areas. The current report rehashes some of this but with the Live 8 angle getting the headlines. Basically after years of outrageous leftist bias the BBC now wants to claim it’s all Bono’s fault. Anyway, here are a few of the findings:
- Guilty of promoting Left-wing views and an anti-Christian sentiment
- Gays and ethnic minorities over-represented at the corporation
- BBC is guilty of political correctness
- Overt multiculturalism
- Anti-American and against the countryside
There are also some great quotes in the current article about the leaked report:
Tory MP Philip Davies, who is on the Commons media select committee, said: “This report merely confirms what a load of people have thought for a long time, that the BBC does have an institutional Left-wing bias.”
Here’s my favorite:
John Whittingdale, Tory chairman of the culture, media and sport select committee, added, “The bias is not necessarily party political – it is the BBC view of the world, and the BBC has always found it difficult to understand there may be alternative views of the world.”
It’s all very shocking. Next thing you know, someone will be revealing that the NY Times is home to a bunch of leftist partisans and tired socialist hacks. If such a thing ever happens, expect to hear about it here first.
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