Friday, August 25, 2006

BBC finally discovers political bias in the media

In another shameless fit of overreach, the BBC finds atmospheric political bias in the Italian media to be akin to “chloroforming” of a sheepish and docile populace.
Prodi wants that to change, favoring an arrangement like the BBC’s where disagreement with the left in any substantive way is made tacitly impossible in spite of the fact that virtually all the big-name journalists in Italy are leftists anyway. I suppose what they want is an arrangement where a company like Gruppo Mediaset (not state funded) which is to the right of the (tax funded) RAI can even exist if it has a substantial audience.

I guess they’re trying to wait out the interalia until the second coming of glorious socialism makes political freedom unnecessary, or something, but either way they seem no longer able to make a distinction between private and state funded media, or the difference in their obligations and limits.

Note: I truncated the fluff out of the original 9 minute report down to 5m:44s.

Indeed, the report trumpets the selected interview subjects that find it “urgent” that Italian media be completely and entirely overhauled to enrich people with documentaries and dramas, to pave the way for the elevation of the public mind. In other words – people are mindless slobs until they’re reprogrammed to be good little leftists.

This segment ran on the BBC World Service and is unlikely to have run in the UK itself since it would have had to go into a repeat cycle while the World Service is carried by the toxically biased Radio 4 as their overnight programming. In other words, they can conceal from the population that they do a disservice to in the same fashion that they criticize others.

Funny that. BBC feels perfectly free to criticize news and entertainment programming which has a generally atmospheric (but often overt) political bias in Italy - when they have been doing the same themselves in the UK, and doing it on the back of anyone who owns a television by forcing them to pay a tax on it to fund their £3 billion per year media operation which functions as a virtual monopoly.
Did a producer’s eyebrow even go up when the reporter edited in a comparison of Berlusconi to Mussolini? Imagine hearing a similar liberty taken with the left – let’s say, between the bright lights of the British left with Stalin or Hitler, people with who they share ideology or proactive and coercive collectivism.

Would that have been let through, I wonder?

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