Saturday, January 22, 2011

As the Beeb Sees It

Former BBC talking head Peter Sissons unpacks the Beeb's skewed (i.e. leftist) worldview (thereby more or less describing how the Ceeb sees things, too):
Whatever the United Nations is associated with is good — it is heresy to question any of its activities. The EU is also a good thing, but not quite as good as the UN. Soaking the rich is good, despite well-founded economic arguments that the more you tax, the less you get. And Government spending is a good thing, although most BBC ­people prefer to call it investment, in line with New Labour’s terminology.

All green and environmental groups are very good things. Al Gore is a saint. George Bush was a bad thing, and thick into the bargain. Obama was not just the Democratic Party’s candidate for the White House, he was the BBC’s. Blair was good, Brown bad, but the BBC has now lost interest in both.

Trade unions are mostly good things, especially when they are fighting BBC managers. Quangos are also mostly good, and the reports they produce are usually handled uncritically. The Royal Family is a bore. Islam must not be offended at any price, although ­Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.
One thing he forgot to mention: Israel is always bad and in the wrong, and the Palestinians are always paragons of virtue who are being unfairly victimized by "colonialist," "imperialist" Jews.

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