The BBC has gone over to the dark side…

Earlier this year I thought that the BBC was failing to cover marches and demos because they were in fear of antagonising the government, DG Mark Thompson being such a goddamned pussy.

Then things changed somewhat, as the Beeb began to report on trouble around the fringes of events, while touting them as main-event activity, a technique known technically as lying or, as it’s sometimes known, making shit up. Sky, too, did this. Coincidence?

Fast forward to now, and we’ve had John Humphreys pontificating about the benefits system, and mostly getting it wrong – or simply lying about it – you choose.

Then, last night, we had Panorama – Britain on the Fiddle, in which pretty much the only true words were Good evening and welcome to Panorama… a cavalcade of lies, distortions, and disinformation from beginning to end. Of course, since Jeremy Vine took over hosting Panorama a couple of years ago (is he still involved?), it has become, much like his Radio 2 show, a platform for axe-grinders and lobbyists, and extremely economical with the truth – a couple of examples here on my blog, and it seems that it remains that way today.

In fact it’s gone even further, and Panorama has gone from investigative journalism to now being a mouthpiece for the IDS Lie Factory. Why?

I’d originally assumed it was fear of Cameron and Murdoch, and as recent events have revealed, vis-à-vis the revelations about discussions between Cameron & Co and the Murdochs on the subject of BBC funding.

But I think it might go further than that, into the murky realms of government coercion. As we all know by now, Cameron and his merry band of fuckwits couldn’t tell the truth about the chronically sick and disabled if you put a gun to their heads, and I think Cameron, or one of his off-the-record scumbag aides, has made the BBC an offer they can’t – or are too cowardly to – refuse.

That is, join Cameron’s insane, hate-fuelled persecution of the chronically sick and disabled – a veritable pogrom in all but name – and in return the government promises not to fuck with BBC funding.

I can think of no other reason why the BBC should suddenly become the CBC – the Cameron Broadcasting Corporation.

5 thoughts on “The BBC has gone over to the dark side…

  1. I watched Panorama with mounting disbelief as the shoddy programme became more and more like a Daily Fail ‘exclusive’. There appears to be a part at least of the BBC that has joined uncritically the Right;s plan to broaden the schism between the ‘deserving’ and ‘undeserving’ poor of the land. This sort of programming that comes naturally to Sky is just wrong when produced by what poses as an apolitical public service broadcaster and vaunts globally its renown as a reliable source of news.

    Coercion is strong word, more likely nods being as good as winks percolating around the network that actually runs the country. But the effect is the same, the BBC is being used for essentially partisan purposes, allowing itself to be manipulated the Right’s agenda which is presumably to ensure the return of a majority Tory-only right wing government in 2015.

    Shame on you BBC, you know you can do better!

    p.s. will the next expose demonstrate how the poor of Europe are responsible for the collapse of the Euro?

    • As this problem permeates the entire BBC from its Internet service to radio news, my guess is that it originates at the very top.

      Coercion is, I believe, appropriate. Whatever the truth of the matter, I doubt very much that “Hey, do us a favour, lads, and screw with these crip bastards,” would get the job done. And it’s not just us, of course – every dissenting body has been studiously ignored or marginalised – students, TUC, Hardest Hit – all had little or no coverage from the Beeb, and what little there was, as I’ve said, distorted and prejudiced.

      And, you’ll note, there hasn’t been a single dissenting voice heard from within the Beeb. They’re either all tarred with the same brush – which I know isn’t true, it’s statistically impossible for a start – or they’re in fear of losing their livelihoods – and maybe more – if they speak out.

      And we’re back to coercion.

      Paranoid? Possibly – who among us isn’t right now? Wrong? I sincerely doubt it.


      • The absence of dissent is worrying – my biggest recent fright was John Humphrys and his ignorant propaganda recycling. If the Today programme has become part of the central office machine then any pretence of objective reporting has been replaced by the Rightist agenda. Mao ensured that he suppressed all dissent by whatever means available:(

        • In the early days of this blog, a guy whom I dismissed as a fruitcake accused the BBC of being a right-wing organisation. Maybe not a fruitcake – just prescient ;~)

          • Followers of fashion with leadership thinking that the so-called silent majority favours a collective lurch to the Nasty Right whose masks are off and totally unashamed by being seen not to give a toss for anyone ho isn’t one of whoever them is?

            WTF, BBC1 has just disappeared but switching to C4 news anyway. Jon Snow is good (old enough to remember (Biafra) but all of them achieve massive secondary incomes from (or the hope) of the BBC’s programme commissioners

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