Thursday, June 21, 2007

A BBC Study Accuses The BBC Of... Leftist Bias?


Behold --- the first honorary "pigs flying moment" at JonQuixoteWorld.

From the Washington Times: BBC Unmasked

The British Broadcasting Corp. has "failed to promote proper debate on major political issues because of the inherent liberal culture of its staff," a report commissioned by the BBC itself has concluded.

Coverage of single-issue political causes, such as climate change and poverty, can be biased — particularly Live 8 coverage, which it says amounted to endorsement. The report warned "that celebrities must not be pandered to and allowed to hijack the BBC schedule."

It concluded that BBC staff must be more willing to challenge their own beliefs.

"There is a tendency to 'group think' with too many staff inhabiting a shared space and comfort zone."

A staff impartiality seminar held last year is also documented in the report, at which executives said they would broadcast images of the Bible being thrown away but not the Koran, in case Muslims were offended.

"During the seminar, a senior BBC reporter also criticized the corporation for being anti-American," the London Daily Telegraph reported yesterday.

See the source article, and the full report HERE.

Wow. Who could have seen THIS one coming, eh?

Oh, right... with a little help from friends on both sides of the pond who've not drank the Seething Leftist Kook-Ade™, JQWorld cited a predecessor study that documented the endemic bias at the BBC,

But let's keep one thing in mind: There is a fundamental yet all-but-unpsoken difference between "liberalism" and "leftism."

"Liberalism," in its original and proper definition, was embodied by courageous thinkers such as Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and America's Founders, who created the world's first nation based on the principle of individual rights and limited, constitutional government. "Leftism," however, is the inverse: it is a thinly-disguised term describing socialists/fascists/communists, who have hijacked the term "liberal" to propagate their big-government-pushing, America-bashing, Eurotrash-worshipping, jihadist-appeasing collectivist idealism.

In the early and mid-20th century, seeking to restore its proper definition after the socialists had hijacked "liberalism," political scientists reclassified America's Founders and those who inspired and followed them as "classic liberals."

With that in mind, what the BBC (and the vast majority of the American mainstream media) suffer from is not "liberal" bias, but leftist bias, spinning and manipulating stories to feed and stoke a distinctly leftist agenda and worldview.

But hey, kudos to the BBC from JonQuixoteWorld for at least taking the first steps to acknowledge what it has been and is doing (even if it needs to stop screwing around with its terminology). Will the BBC take this opportunity to change its ways? Who knows. As I hear they say at Alcoholics Anonymous, accepting one's problem is the first step towards solving it. Solve on, BBC.

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