January 12, 2005
Is BBC News a figment of the imagination?By James Lewis
So you think Dan Rather and CBS Nightly News are bad? Well, the fabled BBC, once the voice of British decency and reason, is about to air a 3—hour TV special casting doubt on the reality of Al Qaida. Millions of viewers in Britain will soon be told that 'Al Qaida is a figment of the imagination.' This is odd, since even the Islamic world no longer doubts Al Qaida, along with its global rat's nest of Islamofascist allies. After all, innocent Muslims are regular victims of Al Qaida in Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and all the rest. Osama Bin Laden has boasted on global television about ordering the 9/11 massacre of innocent Americans; and all those murdered people are, oddly enough, still dead.
Which raises the question: 'Is BBC News a figment of the imagination?'
We know, of course, about the glorious history of the BBC ——— how millions in Nazi—occupied Europe kept their sanity by listening to BBC radio. How the BBC chronicled British and American set—backs as well as victories, thereby creating a lifeline of trust in a world full of lies. How men, women and children who were hunted mercilessly by day, took heart each night when they heard the familiar sound of Big Ben on their home—made crystal—set radios, crackling with background static, and sighed with relief when that reassuring British voice said, 'This is the BBC.' It signified that all was not yet lost, that they might live another day. Until 15 years ago the BBC still had that noble role in Soviet—occupied countries. When the Berlin Wall crumbled, much of the credit was due to truth—tellers.
That is the dominant narrative of the BBC, as post—modernist professors would call it, the story of honesty, decency, and truth—telling even when it hurt.
Alas, no longer.
The post—modern BBC provides, not news, but 'news.' Here's what we learn from BBC 'News.'
January 11, 2005. The London Daily Telegraph reports that the most effective helper in tsunami—devastated countries has been the US Navy.
'A mighty task—force of more than 20 US Navy ships, led by a vast nuclear—powered aircraft carrier, the Abraham Lincoln, and equipped with nearly 90 helicopters, landing craft and hovercraft, were carrying out an around—the—clock relief operation, providing food, water, and medical supplies to hundreds of thousands of survivors.'
As the reporter, Christopher Booker writes,
'The BBC went out of its way not to report any of this.'
November 8, 2004. Barbara Plett, BBC's Middle East correspondent, said on BBC radio
'when the helicopter carrying the frail old man (Yasser Arafat) rose above his ruined compound, I started to cry.'
Ms. Plett has not bothered to tell us her feelings about the innocent mothers and children who were ordered to be stabbed, shot, or blown apart by that frail old man.
October 25, 2004. BBC World, a 24—hour news channel, reaches 200 countries and 25 million households. On November 2, 2004, the night of the American election, it broadcast a special discussion program featuring Michael Moore and Sidney Blumenthal as commentators.
'Solid evidence has emerged to suggest that a recent poll by the BBC's World Service, was not only systematically rigged, but that bin Laden's offer of a truce with Europe a mere six days after the survey's results were published, may indicate that the BBC's anti—American propaganda is aiding, abetting and encouraging bin Laden's strategy to divide America and Europe.'
'the BBC is willfully underplaying the true source of the current troubles in Iraq, in order to make it appear as if the Shia are uprising en masse against the Americans all on their own.'
April 5, 2004 Michael Morris writes:
'the BBC's game is to convince British citizens that America is bad, which consequently implies that the EU is, by contrast, good. If one bashes the US enough, then people naturally will look to the alternative, and the only one on offer in the UK is to become part of the EU Super State.'
He suggests that Americans take an interest in European propaganda apparatus, with BBC 'News' leading the way.
So you think Dan Rather is bad? This is only a tiny sample. The BBC is a giant tax—funded juggernaut. It just has one story line.
If you still doubt it, check out BBC News Online, and notice the daily hate fest against America (and Israel). It is fodder for the Left around the world. The bad news is always about the same two countries. The 'oversights' ——— genocide in Sudan, mass murder by Saddam —— are always the same.
If you think we need a change in the American media, you ain't seen nuthin' yet. Marx wrote, 'First, conquer the organs of propaganda.' The faithful members of the Left continue to do so, all around the world.
Every year thousands of young journalists graduate from English and Journalism Departments at major American universities. There they are often indoctrinated with 'post—modern philosophy.' In PoMo philosophy no distinction is made between truth and lies. We see the results every day. Bernard Goldberg, formerly of CBS News, has called it 'the corruption of journalism' ——— Rathergate, New York Times ——— and don't forget the Euromedia like the BBC. Trading on its honorable past, the BBC is held up as a model of what an aspiring journalist should emulate.
American and European 'news' streams feed off each other, passing selective disinformation between continents in every 24—hour news cycle. The wells have been poisoned. But without the truth, the people perish.
BBC News is a figment of the imagination.