Friday, 10 August 2012

# 191 - WAR - Cigarette packaging.

On Radio 4 this morning we had an example of vintage and classic BBC bias.

During the am Today programme they had an item on the pros and cons of blank cigarette packaging. Meeting their requirement for unbias reporting they jointly interviewed two people a lady who argued that blank packaging would reduce the take up in smoking and a man who argued that there was no evidence of this and said packaging was simply a means to attract smokers to switch brands.

I believe they finished the news item with the lady who was pro blank packaging an age old trick the BBC frequently employ to leave the listener with the view they support!

Anyway at the News at 9am, after the Today programme had finished, they ran the item on cigarette packaging and ONLY played the clip of the lady from the earlier interview who was pro the introduction of blank packaging.

I would predict the left wing collective mind of the BBC would be in favour of the introduction of blank packaging so this news item was bias pure and simple with not even a reference to their being to sides to this story let alone a clip form the man interviewed earlier.

The BBC, with the Guardian at hand, every day works out its view on the news items of the day and then sets out to promote its view of the world.

Interestingly, as I've recorded before, the Guardian readership continues its steady decline not that listening to the BBC you would be aware of this as they continue to promote the outpourings from this very left of centre intelligentsia lead newspaper.

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