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The BBC: Never Mind the Facts, Stick to the Script

If I were to highlight every bit of bias I hear or saw on the BBC it would take a whole separate dedicated blog. Fortunately there already is one, and the team there are doing a far better job than I could manage. Even so, I’ll add my two penn’orth here.

Today saw the release of the latest unemployment figures. Overall, unemployment was down, but the dole count was up. A mixed picture, to be fair, and thus the room for biased interpretation is greater. However, and critically, the government has started shifting people who can work from incapacity benefit to jobseeker’s allowance, so a rise in those signing on would be expected, and this would certainly go a long way to explaining the apparent discrepancy between the two statistics.

So, how have the BBC fulfilled their role to educate and inform in an impartial fashion? In their usual modern way, which is to say they have abandoned all pretence of impartiality.

The line on most BBC radio bulletins today, so far, has run thus:

– Unemployment is down

– But the numbers claiming jobseeker’s allowance are up

– Here’s a clip of Liam “There’s no Money Left” Byrne saying this is terrible and shows how the government’s economic and fiscal policies aren’t working.

– [next news item]

What’s that? Someone from the government side to provide balance? Sorry, no time, have to fit in more about News International’s and The Mirror’s involvement in ‘phone hacking. Anyway, public spending cuts are bad for the economy and this proves it, it’s all in the script, right there, the bit in Ed Ball’s handwriting…

Contrast to one of those dreadful commercial stations, like Planet Rock, whose news bulletins (syndicated from the evil Sky) included Chris Grayling explaining the point about incapacity benefit claimants.

In other news, politicians, the BBC and left leaning media continue to work hard to ensure that one single organisation cannot exert too much control (and, thus, potentially dangerous biased influence) over too large a share of the media market, because that would be very bad.

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