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BBC Deserves What It Gets
'It's not a crisis at the BBC. Not yet, anyway' ... Staff at the corporation are frustrated at the way the management has handled the Jimmy Savile allegations and the contentious 'Newsnight' report that never aired George Entwistle: BBC insiders paint a picture of a director-general who seems, at times, lonely and backed into a corner. – UK Telegraph
Dominant Social Theme: These are sad times for a noble organization.
Free-Market Analysis: The BBC is nothing that the market itself would ever create. At once vindictive and sanctimonious, BBC culture is that of entitlement: Every Briton is forced to pay an annual stipend for the privilege of viewing the BBC.
It is held up as a beacon of good taste and broad culture but much of what is on the BBC is merely meant to reinforce ruling prejudices and to confuse those who feel resentment about where the blame lies for the current recessionary misery.
Most media purveyed by the power elite functions as a wrapper for newscasts, where a worldview is distilled and information is packaged in an advantageous way. The BBC is no exception. Beyond the news itself, the BBC is utilized to aggrandize functions that British Money Power wants perceived in a certain manner.
The Olympics were just such an event. The entire resource base of the BBC was mobilized on behalf of the Olympics, though as has been pointed out elsewhere, the games were used as a way of further militarizing British society and glorifying military involvement in civil policing.
This is always the way it is these days, or so it seems. Every part of Western society is bent toward the task of authoritarianism, and these authoritarian ways are in turn meant to reinforce the meme of robust globalism. The elites will not rest, apparently until there is formal world government.
Within this context, any setback to the BBC is a setback for this internationalist agenda and is mourned, therefore, by other mainstream media resources – also controlled by the powers-that-be. Here's more excerpted from the Telegraph article above:
This was not meant to be a difficult time for the BBC. Barely two months ago, the corporation was basking in the glory of the London Olympics, with huge public approval of its coverage. The outgoing director-general, Mark Thompson, left on a high – and the announcement of his replacement, George Entwistle, enjoyed widespread support both inside and outside the BBC. Auntie has even been starting to plan modest celebrations for her 90th birthday next month.
But then ITV had to go and spoil it all, by broadcasting a documentary about allegations of paedophile assault against Jimmy Savile. Even worse for the BBC, it turns out that a Newsnight investigation along similar lines was pulled in December of last year – before two tribute programmes to Savile were broadcast on BBC TV at Christmas.
The storm started to break just 11 days into Entwistle's tenure, as newspapers began to preview the allegations in the ITV programme. The ensuing baptism of fire for the new D-G has led to many BBC insiders expressing – in the words of one – "genuine sympathy" for him. Yet many BBC staff none the less see Entwistle's response to the allegations as slow, inadequate and, at times, panicky.
"I'm really angry about the way our bosses have handled it, and that feeling is shared across the newsroom," says one BBC journalist, pointing out that it took a full week for Entwistle to issue any kind of public response (in an email sent to all staff). "The bosses just don't seem to care about the corporation."
True enough. Those who put together the BBC care about it not a bit. If another way of promoting the aims of globalism were to prove more effective, they would discard it in an instant.
That's not the tack the Telegraph article takes, of course. It is, as to be expected, a sympathetic look at an embattled British institution. There is no attempt to cover the reality of the BBC – its endless distortions and cover-ups of any truths inimical to Britain's ruling class.
What is perhaps worst about the BBC (other than its fawning over the Royal Family) is its calculated coverage of Britain's endless warring. Its futile reporting on Britain's recession/depression comes in a close second. A third plank of the BBC is the affection of its staffers for the European Union.
Criticism of the BBC is so widespread these days that Wikipedia devotes a whole entry to it separately from its larger profile. Here's how it begins:
The British Broadcasting Corporation began in 1922, when its first General Manager was John Reith (knighted 1926, created 1st Baron Reith 1940), who stated that impartiality and objectivity were the essence of professionalism.
Criticism of the corporation's perceived lack of impartiality and objectivity have since been made by many observers. Due to the corporation's self-professed high standards of programming, and the its self-proclaimed aim to be impartial and unbiased in its reporting, whenever the corporation is perceived to be falling short of these high expectations, or their reporting is viewed as more sympathetic with one side of an argument, criticism may be levelled at the BBC.
Another key area of criticism is the mandatory licence fee, as competitors argue that this means of financing is unfair and results in an inability to compete with the corporation. Also, any accusations of waste or over-staffing causes significant pressure from viewers, who are paying for this coverage. In addition, there is uncertainty to what extent the BBC is allowed to compete with other organisations and to what extent they can have a commercial presence in world markets.
Conclusion: The Telegraph article closes by observing that the BBC, like so many other entities in Britain, is being squeezed by ongoing financial constraints. One can only hope.
Posted by amanfromMars on 10/21/12 11:24 AM
"In 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the United States was 'losing the information war' abroad to foreign channels like Russia Today" ….. "losing the LYING WAR" is more like it …. Posted by Danny B on 10/18/12 09:24 PM
Losing the information and intelligence services wars because they are lying about the nature of the reality they are failing to conceal nowadays that all able to freely communicate in an instant, is that which is rendering them exposed as the enemy within and with no friends, Danny B.
It is the truth which they cannot handle and seek to keep secret, but that aint possible, for it aint gotta hiding place no more.
And they is too stupid and arrogant/pig ignorant to understand and see that, and to realise that the world has beings way smarter than such as those who seek to rule by deception will ever be.
The times they have a'changed and are a'changing.
Posted by Danny B on 10/18/12 09:24 PM
No comment on the BBC but, I have some interesting stuff on RT ... Russia Today. WIKI
"In 2009 Russia Today rebranded itself to the more neutral "RT."
"In 2010 Walter Isaacson, Chairman of the U.S. Government's Broadcasting Board of Governors (which runs Voice of America, Radio Free Europe, and Radio Free Asia), called for more money for the programs because "We can't allow ourselves to be out-communicated by our enemies," mentioning specifically Russia Today"
"out-communicated",,, how does one do that?
"In 2011 Secretary of State Hillary Clinton stated that the United States was 'losing the information war' abroad to foreign channels like Russia Today"
"losing the LYING WAR" is more like it
"RT frequently interviews people who are not normally appear on other media channels. It includes liberal and libertarian"
Well, CNN lost half it's viewers. Maybe the BBC can emulate them.
Posted by W.Palmer on 10/18/12 05:30 PM
Oh yes, dont I know it.
I hadnt lived in the UK for many years and having returned to Britain I was furnishing a home I had just bought in the early 90's and as a promotion on something was given a TV.
I thought nothing about it but about a week after switching it on the detector van was at my door demanding an immediate payment of 90 pounds.
I had forgotten all about this snippet of British life... The store that issued the promotion was obligated to submit my address to the authorities which showed the premises as unlicensed.
When I was a kid mom had to pay a 10 bob license for the radio. Then later when we got TV it covered the radio too. I got nicked for not having one for the radio I put in the car. I didn't know!! I was just a teenager... All I listened to was Radio Luxemburg.
This BBC has been extorting the public for years as their right.
I don't live in the UK anymore.
Posted by michlyntyres on 10/18/12 04:41 PM
The Licence fee which goes to the BBC is payable by every person who owns a TV in the UK, whether or not they watch the BBC. Even if you watch commercial tv channels only and your TV is disabled so that it cannot watch BBC you will still be taken to court and fined for non payment of the licence fee.