BBC Bias

Grant Shapps is once more threatening the BBC’s financial lifeline.

The political right are always saying that the BBC is dominated by left-wing views and distorts its news presentation accordingly. To take a random example:

UK GDP figures for Q3 are due later this morning and it seems they will be positive, further underlining UK economic recovery. This is bad news for labour and bad news for the BBC. I caught an item on the Today programme this morning where the idea was being floated that ALTHOUGH growth did seem to be happening, it’s the wrong sort of growth apparently. I wonder do the BBC listen to British Rail? Anyway, watch what happens as we go through the day and see how long before the BBC trots out the “cost of living” meme being retailed by Miliband and co. Now that Plan B is dead an buried, the Labour party and it’s broadcasting arm are out to ensure that welcome economic news is pricked by all kinds of inane accusations about “cost of living” trials and tribulations.

I don’t read the Biased BBC  blog regularly, and I don’t therefore know how typical this is,  I was going to write more widely about alleged BBC bias, but why not focus on this nasty example of right-wing thinking?  Let’s take it slowly.

UK GDP figures for Q3 are due later this morning and it seems they will be positive, further underlining UK economic recovery. This is bad news for labour and bad news for the BBC.

Economic growth is bad news for Labour?  Because the only thing worth discussing is a zero-sum pissing contest where Labour and the BBC are on the same side, and supposedly cheer if the country does badly while the Tories are in to bat?

I caught an item on the Today programme this morning where the idea was being floated that ALTHOUGH growth did seem to be happening, it’s the wrong sort of growth apparently. I wonder do the BBC listen to British Rail?

But so it is the wrong sort of growth.  0.8% is an unimpressive number – even if it looks bigger than 1% on first impression, it’s not.  The economy is wriggling against the bonds of austerity despite the government’s efforts, though their Help To Buy bubble is probably starting to inflate.  The finance sector and the government’s cronies are doing very nicely; working people and benefit claimants (many of whom are of course the same people) continue to struggle.  The crack about British Rail is just a little reinforcement in case the blogger’s public missed the joke about “the wrong kind of snow”, which is quite likely if they swallow this nonsense.  And they do.

Anyway, watch what happens as we go through the day and see how long before the BBC trots out the “cost of living” meme being retailed by Miliband and co. Now that Plan B is dead an buried, the Labour party and it’s broadcasting arm are out to ensure that welcome economic news is pricked by all kinds of inane accusations about “cost of living” trials and tribulations.

How strange it would be to consider how this supposed growth affects ordinary people!  The BBC would only do this if they have a hidden agenda, they must be the “Labour Party’s] broadcasting arm”.  Look, they want to spoil our pissing contest!

I wondered what the writer meant about plan B.  I think they are trying to say that austerity has been such a brilliant economic success that Osborne can shrug off any suggestion that he should change course.  This makes perfect sense if you want to believe that 0.8% GDP growth, after more than 3 years of austerity (having inherited a considerably healthier 3.5% growth), is a great accomplishment.  And that we should disregard the struggles of working people, the food banks, the evictions, the suicides.  There are plenty of jobs!  Most of these people can work!  The safety net is there for people who really need it!  Nobody needs to go hungry, they just go to the Trussell Trust because it’s there!

Low-information Tory voters don’t need facts.  No wonder they think the distorted glimpses offered by the BBC are ridiculously biased against them.

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