Tuesday, 14 January 2014

#296 - WAR - The way the news is set out is bias.

Here are two examples of bias based on the way a news story is put together. Both these examples come from the news on Radio 2 today and yesterday.

1. Fracking - An item on fracking yestersday started with the news that councils  are being offer government incentives to allow fracking and then went straight into the enviromental concerns and to a Green Peace spokesperson for their comments which were of course anti fracking. The bias comes about by immediately linking the news story with concerns over fracking and comments from Green Peace. Why for example could they not follow the story with comments from those who are NOT concerned with fracking and only see advantages and then follow up with a comment from an expert who is pro fracking.

2. Inflation -  Today the first item on the morning news was that inflation is at its lowest for four years and without drawing breath went straight into commenting that despite this there are still concerns over the cost of living. Again why was this news not immediately followed by a positive comment on the advantages of low inflation.

 As expected the BBC cannnot let news about this mainly Tory government escape without an adverse comment which is usually broadcast without contradiction and if issued by a spokesperson is seldom if ever challenged.

Also I read somewhere in the last couple of days that Nick Clegg was allowed to push his Lib Dim views, without challenge, on the Andrew Marr show on Sunday and of course while talking about the EU was NOT challenged on the lie that 3 million jobs would be lost if we left the EU.

The BBC is beyond reform it must be scrapped.     


  1. Yes, I saw the Marr show. Starring Clegg (LudDim, Britain's 4th party)) Mandelson (Labour, 1st according to polls) and a Labour MP.

    A Tory (2nd) free zone

    Would have been UKIP (3rd) free as well except the Labour MP was allowed to run an attack on UKIP - to which, in the BBC tradition of impartiality, honesty and balance, no defence was allowed.

    If that were a one off there would be no problem but it is normal practice for these totalitarians.