The brilliant subtlety of BBC propaganda
The week's news at a glance.
Tom LeonardThe Daily Telegraph
The BBCs liberal bias extends beyond just the news coverage, said Tom Leonard in Londons Daily Telegraph. Britains publicly funded television station is always being accused of skewing its reporting against Israel and against the U.S., and it has become very adept at fighting those charges. It simply commissions some researchers to comb through transcripts and pronounce Beeb reporting to be the epitome of objectivity. But it cant hide the slant in its dramas. Just look at Spooks, BBC1s flagship series about impossibly right-on MI5 agents. The villains in the first episode were pro-life fanatics out to bomb abortion clinics. Episode two featured racist extremists in league with right-wing politicians plotting mass murder of immigrants. And then theres my favorite episode, the one about homegrown al Qaida terrorists taking over the Saudi Embassy and murdering innocent people. Except that they werent British Muslims at all but undercover Israeli agents! It would be ridiculous if it werent so insidious. We expect BBC news to be slanted. Whats creepy is embedding a liberal agenda in programs where peoples bias antennae may not be so finely tuned.