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August 12, 2007
Shocking Revelations of Liberal Bias at BBC - NOT
From our "Least Surprising Revelation of the Year" files comes the story of a former BBC executive who comes clean about the incredible liberal bias that has colored BBC programming for years.
It is of particular interest to me because for nine years, between 1955 and 1964, I was part of this media liberal consensus. For six of those nine years I was working on Tonight, a nightly BBC current affairs television programme. While it may not be shocking in the sense that anyone with an ounce of discernment could see how left wing the BBC has been over the years, the admissions made by Antony Jay in the article nevertheless publicly exposes the BBC as biased at a time when they are under fire for their recent outrageous actions relating to coverage of the Queen where they showed a faked trailer of Elizabeth walking out of a photography session with Annie Leibovitz.
My stint coincided almost exactly with Harold Macmil-lan’s premiership and I do not think that my former colleagues would quibble if I said we were not exactly diehard supporters. But we were not just anti-Macmil-lan; we were antiindustry, anti-capital-ism, antiadvertising, antiselling, antiprofit, antipatriotism, antimonarchy, antiempire, antipolice, antiarmed forces, antibomb, antiauthority. Almost anything that made the world a freer, safer and more prosperous place – you name it, we were anti it.
With the left in this country all atwitter about the supposed bias of Fox News, perhaps they should watch some of the more outrageously anti-conservative programming that is a regular feature of the BBC in order to get a an idea of what a truly biased media outlet is all about.Update:
D.M. Giangreco reminds us that Antony Jay was one of the two writers responsible for the side-splitting political comedy, Yes, Minister.