MANY are the media slurs about state controlled Russian media, little of which stands up to scrutiny. If fake news raises concern then perhaps British journalists should avoid living in glass houses.
During a BBC Question Time debate, Julia Hartley-Brewer parried verbal blows with presenter David Dimbleby. The broadcaster said she was used to being the only Brexiter on the show.
The liberal-left caucus claim that Nigel Farage constantly appears. In fact, the celebrated Brexiter has been invited once on the 42 programmes since the referendum was held. Since Brexit the Remain panellists have been outnumbered by Leavers 137 – 72.
British media spin and bias is notorious. Insider Greg Dyke in his autobiography says; “When it came to discussing the war in Iraq staff found it so difficult to find any member of the public prepared to speak in favour that they ended up planting people in the (Question Time) audience.”
The former BBC Director-General is far from alone. Matthew Pariss was voted British Press Awards Columnist of the Year. On April 21, 1996, the Daily Mail columnist was damning in his criticism of television debates.
“Television lies. All television lies. It lies persistently, instinctively and by habit. Everyone involved lies. A culture of mendacity surrounds the medium and those who work there live it, breathe it and prosper by it. I know of no area of public life, no, not even politics, more saturated by a professional cynicism. If you want a word that takes you to the core of it, I would offer ‘rigged’.
It is dishonest for the presenter to imply that the pundit in the chair is free to offer any opinion, when the truth is that 50 pundits were telephoned but only the fellow prepared to offer the requisite opinion was invited?”
Gerry Hines is an unashamed publicist for the racial diversity collective. The former BBC Programme Organiser penned a column for Race Today, which is published by the Institute of Race Relations.
“Newspapers have to sell in order to live, so do commercial T.V. That leaves the British Broadcasting Corporation as the only truly public service medium in this country disseminating information, entertainment, and, in the case of race relations propaganda. We are unashamed to admit it is what we are doing.”
His comment would have pleased the aforementioned Greg Dyke infamous for his offensive remark that “The BBC is hideously White.” June 21. 2007.
Most fair minded people consider much of British media as hideously biased. I would suggest a future BBC Question Time panel to be independently selected. The topic I suggest, should a blatantly biased corporation be funded by the taxpayers.