BBC bias still thriving
After failing to bounce the Lib Dems into a ‘progressive’ coalition with Labour, the BBC set itself up as the official opposition to the new Government.
Day after day, horror stories about the ‘cuts’ dominate the Corporation’s news bulletins.
The BBC could choose to report on the massive waste in local government and the 20 per cent pay rises enjoyed by council middle managers, whose ranks and remuneration have swollen under Labour and now cost us £2.8billion a year in wages alone.
It could draw attention to the vast sums of money frittered away on useless and time-consuming bureaucracy in the police.
But instead it focuses on library closures and Labour’s ludicrous claims that thousands of police are to be sacked and we’re all going to be murdered in our beds because of the ‘cuts’.
All news organisations have an agenda tailored to their own audience. But the BBC isn’t a commercial operation. It is paid for by a poll tax, enforced by law. It has a duty to be impartial, yet pumps out a diet of Labour-friendly, political propaganda.
NPR is no better, being hopelessly skewed to the Democrats. But it’s financed by public subscription, not by a licence fee.
The BBC does many good things, but it takes its news agenda from the Guardian, one of Britain’s worst-selling, loss-making newspapers.
While the row over Rupert Murdoch buying out the whole of Sky rumbles on, two-thirds of people still get their news from the BBC.
Ten million homes voluntarily subscribe to Sky, so why not to the Beeb? Some people think subscription would spell the end of the BBC. No doubt the poor and minorities would be hardest hit.