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June 20, 2007

That BBC Bias Report

I have to admit to a little bit of surprise at the way in which all sorts of people are hailing that report into bias at the BBC:

Discussing an attack on the BBC a few months ago by the editor of the Daily Mail, who had accused the corporation of being "in every corpuscle of its corporate body, against the values of conservatism", the report rather too smugly observes: "This is the latest of several accusations of a political conspiracy levelled by those on the Right - a notion which few who have worked at the BBC would recognise."

I may not know as many ex-BBC people as Mr Bridcut, for I have never worked there, but it has always surprised me how, once they are out of the organisation, so many inmates find it easy to admit that a prevailing wind of Leftism blew strongly, and, if they wished to remain in productive work, they knew it was best to sail with it.

This isn't to pick on Simon Heffer particularly, he's just the first I've come across today talking about it. But why did anyone ever think that the BBC would not be partial? How, in fact, could it ever have been impartial?

Tax funded bureaucracy in favour of tax funded bureaucracies.

Hardly a surprise now, is it?

June 20, 2007 in Your Tax Money at Work | Permalink


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In my experience, Beebers admit to it in private but not in public.

Posted by: dearieme | Jun 20, 2007 8:00:25 AM

I remember thinking something similar when I heard Ross Clark being interviewed on the Today programme about his book on red tape. I've never heard such an aggressive interview on a books spot. Then I realised that it was, as you say, bureaucrats defending their patch.

Posted by: Bishop Hill | Jun 20, 2007 8:18:20 AM

Er, I don't think you have to be a leftie to be in favour of tax funded bureaucracies. See David Cameron, passim.

Tim adds: You trying to imply that the Boy Dave (C) is not a leftie?

Posted by: Chris | Jun 20, 2007 9:30:47 AM

Funny that no person asked the question what changes were made to the report before it was issued. I bet the trustees made changes - my own reports for the last 7 years have been changed to protect the guilty.

Posted by: Colin Holland | Jun 20, 2007 6:37:41 PM