6 February 2010
You aspire to be objective with the news, which you say is free of opinionated bias.
When Fox TV preach to their right wing redneck audience, knowing that their audience will lap it up, it is there to be seen for what it is, Vile Bile.
The idea that the BBC would give less than an objective coverage of Tony Blair and Claire Short at the Irag Inquiry, is unthinkable.
The BBC were criticised by the Hutton Inquiry, so would they dare preach to the converted, and the converted would seem to be the majority of the country, many of whom are calling for Blair to be tried for murder.
During your coverage of Blair’s testimony, the BBC allowed Blair’s testimony to be Broadcast in real time, and over this on the screen the BBC summarised what was said with on-screen written “tweets.” These were not subtitles of what was said, but opinion about what may be meant by what was said.
For example, when Blair dealt with the issue of whether or not the shadow Cabinet was denied access to the evidence upon which we went to war in Iraq, Blair explained that the Jack Straw went through all of the evidence in Cabinet. He also said that “Nobody in the Cabinet was unaware of the issues.” This was then subsequently tweeted, moments later by the BBC commentary, hyping and describing Jack Straw, as “emerging” as part of “Blair’s effort” to “persuade..a case for war”
Fox TV’s opinion, disguised as “News” is of course contemptible, but it is meant to be so.
Kevin Backhurst, the editor of the BBC coverage, claims that there is “no innate bias at the BBC”, and that this philosophy is “ingrained in the BBC newsroom.” (Newswatch)
I beg to differ.
Just like Fox TV, the BBC were preaching to the converted, and the converted were there in numbers outside the building in the form of a crowd, who did not support Tony Blair, to put it mildly, and were willing to express opinions (not held by the BBC), but nevertheless freely expressed and Broadcast by the BBC.
The big BBC story was not the testimony of Tony Blair, but the heckling he received by the gallery, and then the cheers for Claire Short.
Not a good day for the BBC. shoestringonline