August 15th, 2012

BBC News Boss “Non-Story” Turns Out to Be Story

The Controller of the BBC News channel is in a politically sensitive position, constantly accused of bias. After Guido reported that the BBC buys the Guardian more than any other paper yesterday evening, a clearly exasperated Kevin Bakhurst piped up:

At the time Guido thought that was a risky thing for the head of news at the BBC to be saying:

Bakhurst seemed to have forgotten that the days of Big Media’s gatekeepers deciding what is news and what is not news, are long gone. We decide tomorrow’s news…

And so it turned out, as the “Guardian of Beeb story not only made the Sun but was also the subject of blogs by Dan Hannan at the Telegraph and Roy Greenslade over at the Guardian themselves. Greenslade asked “Why is that so surprising?” It wasn’t to Guido.

Greenslade was on the money when he wrote

“There are so many similarities between the BBC and the Guardian aside from assumptions about politics. Both organisations are free of commercial ownership, with the corporation funded by licence and the paper owned by a trust.”

Which isn’t an unbridled good. It imbues both with an anti-profit ethos bordering on anti-business as well as anti-capitalist.  The shared mindset of the two organisations is most clearly visible in their coverage of America and Israel. The Republican party is extremist because they don’t subscribe to left-wing nostrums and Israel is the primary cause of trouble in the Middle-East. These are axiomatic truths for the Guardian-BBC axis of “progressiveness”…


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    AJStrang says:

    I think you missed the whole point of his tweet.
    He wasn’t saying ‘try touting the story to these papers’

    By saying “Try Times/Telegraph/Sun/Mail nos vs Guardian/Mirror/Indy” he is saying, try comparing the BBC readership of these right wing papers against the readership of these left wing papers.

    Key word was “nos” i.e. “numbers”

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    Jedi Bakhurst says:

    Move along these are not the stories you are looking for….

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    Gordon Milne says:

    He made a big mistake there, if there’s no story why is he so worried? Fact is there IS a story and more and more people are remarking upon the bias in the BBC, and fewer are trusting their news

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    ShowBizforuglypeople says:

    Yes Gweedo,

    You decide what appears in the Star on Sunday and a blog

    Well done.

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    Ed the fed says:

    Cool story bro

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    Achtung Baby says:

    Yes he’s trying to claim papers read by a tiny minority shoul be equal to the largest selling papers in the land.

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    Mark Thompson says:

    It’s so obvious it’s now painful to watch.

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    Adam says:

    No, he’s saying add up the number of left-leaning vs right-leaning papers overall, I think you got the wrong end of the stick?

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    Charles De Gall says:

    Try finding stories in the beeb or guardian about murdered jews … theres a non story according to the liberal lefties

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    Anonymous says:

    Bakhurst is pointing out that the BBC buys more papers of a rightwing than leftwing bent. I think you missed his point Guidy, Old Bean

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    pilsdon says:

    Why do they buy so many copies aren’t the employees paid enough to buy their own
    Also isn’t it a benefit in kind and taxable.

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    That was Beeboid line yesterday, doesn’t make any sense because Guardian was bought disproportionately to market share of Telegraph for example. More than double in comparison to the public. Clear sign of ideological preferences inside the BBC Cultural Death Star.

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    John Hurr says:

    The Twitter world reckons the Beeb is too right wing. So I guess the BBC must be straight down the middle after reading Guido’s comments.

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    Nonjob says:

    At all costs, resist the extortion that funds the British Broadcasting Communists!

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    Buster Gasket says:

    Does anyone actually understand what this is all about?

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    Athanasius says:

    Can anybody tell me why the Beeboids have their newspapers bought for them (by us)?

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    We’ve got a stick to beat them with. You are holding their shitty stick.

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    Steve says:

    The overwhelming majority of the population don’t take a paper, don’t watch BBC News and don’t read blogs.
    As usual, you’re just pissing into the wind.

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    Malt O'Witty says:

    Fuck knows.

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    Anne Drecks says:

    Same reason we buy their bog rolls, I suppose.

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    Gooey Blob says:

    That is because many Twitter users are generally positioned somewhere to the left of Stalin. The Beeb are slightly to the right of this position, although still well to the left of New Labour.

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    Gooey Blob says:

    Maybe a shortage of bog rolls explains why the BBC buy so many copies of The Grauniad.

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    Anonymous says:

    Shouldn’t someone crunch the numbers to see what percentage of the Guardian’s dwindling circulation is accounted for by 59,000 papers being bought up by BBC HQ?

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    Gooey Blob says:

    That doesn’t excuse the BBC’s left-wing bias though, does it?

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    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Somehow I think that this is a perfect example of “innumeracy.” Even if the circulations of the papers at the BBC were perfectly even-stevens, or the “Rightie” papers were in the lead, what proportion of the circulations of the papers in general is represented by BBC’s purchase of them, and would there even BE a Grauniad without the Beeb subsidising it with guess-whose money? Why do the Beeb take that fishwrap so seriously, one must ask, unless it is their crib-sheet for what constitutes news, as the parallels in the relative importance of stories would seem to bear out?

    But of course, nowadays nobody CAN count, because as far as the powers-that-be are concerned, nobody DOES count, and it’s too much trouble to try to teach them how. This is the reason why so much economic flimflammery can take place– George Orwell’s “2 + 2 = 5, if the Party says so” is the prevailing wisdom, innit?

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    The sound of silence says:

    Is that “Daily Star Sunday” thing still happening?

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    annette curton says:

    As far as news is concerned the BBC must be the wet wee mess.

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    I detect more than a hint of desperation in Kevin Bakhurst’s tweet.

    His time served as editor of the BBC Ten O’Clock News has coincided with the rise of blogs to become the force that breaks news rather than follow it.

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    A license-fee dodger says:

    More to the point, why don’t they watch/read/listen to their own news output?

    They’ve got an army of so-called journalists spanning the globe. If a gnat farts in Outer-Mongolia, they’ve got a news crew on the ground before the smell has cleared.

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    Yes, we’re back after our summer holidays.

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    Unfortunately the people who run the country do.

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    A license-fee dodger says:

    It’s on at 10 now? I thought it was ITV that wanted to move their news to 21:00, not the BBC wanting to go the other way.

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    joescotus says:

    how many front line bbc employees could be classed as right wing ?

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    A license-fee dodger says:

    How many front bench Conservative MPs could be described as right wing?

    1. Michael Gove.

    2. uhmm.. :-(

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    Aunty Matter says:

    As anyone with a brain knows the BBC and Guardian work together on stories. Take phone hacking, which let’s be honest 99.9% of it involves no mark z listers of fat or homosexual Labour politicians no one gives a fuck about, yet the BBC and the Guardian worked hand in hand.

    Newsnight will often run a story (usually some dodgy allegation) only after it’s appeared in the Guardian, so the BBC then feels the story has legitimacy.

    Listen to Nicky Campbell, Richard Bacon or Victoria Derbyshire to hear the audio book version of the Guardian over at Radio 5 every day.

    Lots of hacks move between the BBC and the Guardian and of course the BBC spends million a year in job adverts in the Guardian.

    The Guardian like the BBC is shit, a worthless bunch of lefty twats.

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    annette curton says:

    They still have the mentality that every body looks up to and respects the BBC to give an impartial view on world events, this may have been true in the past but not any more, now we find via FOI requests they have been taking millions of pounds in subsidies from the EU, Quelle surprise!, £3.4 billion pounds a year poll tax not enough?.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    The Guardian for the most part isn’t a good wipe, the quality of the paper is poor, although I will admit that I’ve often put Polly’s column up my arse :)

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    The fact that he counts The Times as a right wing newspaper suggests that he has left wing tendencies – a graphic in The Guardian shows that The Times is the most politically neutral mainstream newspaper.

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    We also need to know why they buy so many copies of The Guardian when my last comment shows that Mr. Bakhurst doesn’t appear to read his.

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    B Boyd says:

    Insignificant by comparison with telly-taxpayer funding of Government job adverts in the Grauniad – for taxpayer funded jobs. Thank you.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    The BBC’s breaking news is to flick to Sky News and then report it 60 minutes later as breaking news.

    And just to humiliate the BBC, this is also one of my favourites from the “worlds greatest broadcaster”

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    annette curton says:

    Although they seem to buy an incredible amount of copies of the Guardian I suspect they only need three, one for Tim Robinson, one for Andrew Marr and one for Robert Peston, cost cutting opportunity DG ?

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    AC1 says:

    IF the royal mail were funded like the BBC, it would tax letter boxes in order to send you junk mail.

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    Nullbymouth says:

    If its cheaper than Andrex then I cannot see the problem

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    Anonymous says:

    Regrettably it was over a 10 (?) month period, which only makes it about 230 papers a day on a 6 Grauniads a week assumption. Conversely, the idea that a news service (amongst other things) which is supposed to work on a real time basis takes any dead tree press at all is somewhat bizarre.

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    Victoria Derbyshire’s morning program features … human interest stories.

    That means “Housewife”

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    1% is still 1% though.
    The way the Grun is going if the beeb could slim down to just 50 gruns a day it might topple the hypocrisy paper over the edge.

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    Privatise the BBC says:

    BBC & Guardian – Axis of Evil

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    Andrew 'jug ears' Marr says:

    Yeah you’re right, what I said about the BBC being institutionally biased was bollocks. I’m so naughty.

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    Polythesis says:

    Load of bollocks of course and just the kind of incredibly lame justifications you would expect from the extreme left wing BBC, all you get from the BBC is increasingly ridiculous excuses.

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    Tay King-dePisse says:

    Well, the Graun covered a similar story in 2010. If they say it’s OK, the Beeb will cover it. Can’t take FOX’s word for it– FOX NEWS LIES!, didn’t you know?

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    A license-fee dodger says:

    Both, excellent!

    And mistaking the late Guy Kewney for the taxi driver was the sort of mistake anyone could make.

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    I don't need no doctor says:

    The BBC is a joke. You can’t trust the BBC.

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    The Guardian-BBC axis of “progressiveness”.

    In income and

    BBC = Adolph’s Germany.

    Almost impossible to stop as its war budget exceeds all single euro media organisations. Plus The BBC’s occupation of Western EUrope socialist ground makes it doubly hard to counter. Plus unbridled fanaticism bred into the youth since Waybuloo.

    In the end it will take the combined might of all the Commonwealth’s media, including ole Rupe, The USA, and Russia Today to end its tyranny.

    Guardian = Tojo’s Japan.

    Got away with a lot of crap because no one wants to fight them when there’s bigger, more powerful tyrants to tackle.. However Admiral Rus-te-Brije’s surprise attack on Newscorp at Pearl & Dean Harbour might have unleashed the whirlwind.
    The damage to the pride of the Newscorp fleet, including the loss of the USN News of the World with nearly all hands was a grave set back. The forces of the Imperial Guardian have spread out to claim small islands and outposts of support. Kazakhstan. North Korea. Lebanon. Assange.
    However the sinking of old, obsolete news vehicles was not as damaging as thought. Once ‘Uncle Sam Murdoch’ gets Fox navy back up to strength the puny resources of the Guardian are going to get stomped by B-29 Superfastbroadbands,
    And some of the those will have atomic bombs.

    The Independent = Benito’s Italy.

    Joined the lefty crusade at the height of the fashion.
    Got nowhere. lost every battle with any other organis-nation, even The Daily Express.
    will eventually pull out and descend into the usual lefty civil war, splitter factions and mutual recrimination partisans.

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    The Direktor of Plitically Krect ‘n Konvenient Troof at the Brown Bullshitting Corpse says:

    Er, – lest you should be found in the shitter with your knickers down, the Guardian-BBC axis of “progressiveness”… (sic) is just that, – PROGRESSIVE!

    So stand aside Little People, – learn while you have the chance – otherwise it’ll be Compulsory Attendance at the political Re-Education Centre. And when we say DANCE as in ATTENDANCE – that will be just the start!

    Now go – and PAY YOUR TELLY TAX!

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    CMD says:

    I think the BBC is exemplary! Worth every penny!

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    A. Non says:

    perhaps the word ‘breathtaking’ might be added?

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    A. Non says:

    Beat them Guido – beat them! – and all strength to you and yours!

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    Mr Netanyahu says:

    “Israel is the primary cause of trouble in the Middle-East”

    Not so,we will shortly carry out the dirty work on behalf of USA & UK and bomb Iran.

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    gildedtumbril says:

    I have long been of the opinion that most of the beeb’s employees are bent. Those that are not are not straight. Need I elaborate?

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    annette curton says:

    I would settle for winning the Battle of Midway (in the interests of balance).

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    Cato Street Conspirator says:

    Here’s a nice job for a nice person: ‘Head of User Experience and Design for BBC News
    London | £70k’

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    Anonymous says:

    You’d have to be banged up in an institution if you thought the BBC wasn’t lefty propaganda paid for by money extorted from mostly the poor. It’s how the left have always operated ffs, tactics worthy of a mafia don.

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    J A Jones says:

    We all know the Biased Broadcasting Company. It is time we had a Government with balls that would disband it. BBC carries its own advertising. So that would not be new.
    It is a bloated and very sly in its biases; contained within its news coverage.

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    Anonymous says:

    Who gives a toss about this silly story?

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh grow up. It’s not left wing; it’s just not spouting the right wing propaganda you would like.

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    Expat Geordie says:

    And makes a living out of it. None of it from the public purse. And you don’t have to pay for the privilege of viewing and contributing to this blog.

    So our hero has to provide a service/product that the public wants to buy.

    The BBC gets our money on pain of imprisonment and then provides the “service” that it wants to provide.

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    Anonymous says:

    Oh yes, everyone is shitting themselves about this silly story…

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    Expat Geordie says:

    + loads

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    Axe the Tax says:

    Join the refusniks!

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    Anonymous says:

    So do most people apart from a few loons.

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    annette curton says:

    Posted this before on different outlets and I will post it again: Goebbles would have called this BBC a work of genius in that it is not only a propaganda machine but a propaganda machine that is financed by the people it seeks to propagate, sheer genius!.

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    Axe the Tax says:

    “Left” and “right” is a political red herring.

    See: “The Collectivist Conspiracy”

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    Tony says:

    Strangely accurate

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    Expat Geordie says:

    You do have to wonder how many copies of the Guardian are purchased by the public sector as a whole. As a kid I used to deliver newspapers in a solid Labour former pit village, and the only people whom I delivered the Guardian to were teachers, but at least it was their own money.

    When I was at sixth form in the mid to late 80’s the school bought two daily papers for the sixth form – The Northern Echo and The Times. In 1987 (I think) the school then decided that the Times was too right wing (not something that you could accuse the Northern Echo of) and to restore some “balance” they got the Guardian instead.

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    Brown out and pay me damages says:

    The BBC can Strictly fuck off. Meddling parasites.

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    well said and quite so says:

    well said and quite so

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    Expat Geordie says:

    Didn’t one of their old radio newsreaders/announcers get into trouble when he prefaced the announcement of the victory at El Alamein with the words “Now here is some good news”?

    Now they get into trouble if they don’t preface a Conservative or UKIP representative with a version of the words “Now here’s some bigoted old nutter trying to justify the impossible”.

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    Expat Geordie says:


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    Jonathon Ross says:

    So do I, £18 million quid in skyrocket, disgusting phone calls thrown in for free.

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    A Doctor says:

    You need to up your meds.

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    Expat Geordie says:


    Could the fightback actually be starting in Italy with Burlosconi’s media?

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    Goldon Blown says:

    Wood you arr rike to see my election in a botter ?

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    Backwoodsman says:

    Ha ha, they don’t like it up ‘em.
    Please visit and post on
    What an incredible waste of licence fee money to buy that number of papers , irespective of which papers they buy – and presumably all of them except the graun go straight in the bin and are only bought to keep up appearances of balance.
    Don’t fund the fuckers, cancel your direct debit and tell crapita to piss off if they send a numpty round – they can’t do a thing about it if you refuse to engage with them !

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    Bias BBC Editor says:

    BBC’s take on the falling unemployment figures announced today.

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    Why is Raheem Kassam’s Wikipedia page deleted?

    If I read his articles, I want to know more about him.

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    Anonymous says:

    Indeed. The BBC forces us, through the compulsory TV tax, to pay for our own brainwashing.

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    Hey Lordy, pick a bale of cotton. says:

    The artificially and forcefully imposed manufactured, State of Israel IS indeed the cause of most of Middle Eastern problems.

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    We need to analyse stuff says:

    Bye then.

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    Not living a lie for a violating, bullying, exploitive lying gaybo whose ethics are in the toilet says:

    The Brainwashing bullying Hunts are disgraceful.

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    We need to analyse stuff says:

    The publication of ‘unemployment figures’ has been a meaningless farce for at least the last 30 years.

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    Expat Geordie says:

    Thank you.

    Looking at my local paper, the Bournemouth Echo, they have started an “In The Courts” section, which covers convictions for minor offences. From my limited viewing of this my first point would be to always turn up to court. The phrase “Convicted in Absence” usually adds £200 to the fine.

    However the fines for non-payment of the TV licence are quite instructive, and possibly scary. They are always quite high (£250-£600, usually near the top end) and ALWAYS incur a £15 Victim Surcharge. Get caught in possession of a Class A substance, small fine, no Victim Surcharge.

    Now if you are a single mother with no TV licence it is usually because to didn’t burgle your neighbours to get the money for it, but if you’re in possession of a Class A substance then there is a bloody good chance that you have burgled your neighbours. So who do the courts think has created a victim?

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    BaronPhaedrus says:

    Currently wasting my licence fee are; “the flowerpot gang” and “restoration home” and “war of the worlds” and “Ian Hislop’s scouting for boys”. I am delighted that I am forced to pay for this.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    To ‘Privatise the BBC’ you wrote “BBC & Guardian – Axis of Evil”

    Please do not forget that Rupee Mudroch – is also part of the Axis of Evil – He too was one of the greatest newsMogul’s who – ‘pushed the War in Iraq line’ – and ALL of his suborned editors took their cue from him. Murdoch has been labelled and tagged as evil – he is. Try not to fall into his camp’s dupe while – yes he calls for the BBC to be privatised. It should be but – Murdoch in his own right has his own evil agenda.

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    Innocent Bystander says:

    You meant bent over their desks? (as in hard at it? – gathering stuff, evaluating, and so on)

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    Biased Bullshit Corpse says:

    BBC says
    “So the expectation will be that this [decrease in unemployment] is short-lived and will pop back up again in maybe August or September.”

    Well we hope so anyway or we won’t be able to pur even more of our bias out.

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    Expat Geordie says:

    And to slightly mangle Goebbles quote, keep on posting it and people will start to believe you. (We hope)

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    Herrman G. says:

    Unt delighted you should be! Der National Socialist €USSR hav zer Great Triumph – nein?

    Unt zer €USSR-o-Vision Song Kontest ist zer bollocks ov zer dog – nein?

    Heial Rumpy!! Haeil Anggella!!

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    I teach Citizenship says:

    Sounds way too nonspecific for me.

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    George (looney Toon) Osboorrnne says:

    What a super idea! Thanks!

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    8i11y 8owd3n's mum says:

    Tea time 8i11y!

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    The days of an elite few – deciding what is ‘fit for public consumption are OVER’.

    Michelle Collins is an egotisticle, narcissistic 2 bit low-life celebrity who is very easily misled and who is easily ‘coached’ to say what others want her to say.
    She’s a “Witch” of the Sisterhoodies – who’s filling her pockets with ‘Sellebrity’ …

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    We're waiting says:

    Good man.

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    Homer73 says:

    “….the days of Big Media’s gatekeepers deciding what is news and what is not news are long gone….”
    But Guido works for Express Newspapers, doesn’t he?

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    Not enough details says:


    Holidays? – free jaunts to ‘explore’ the world


    extras – travel / car / weighting / showfer


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    Robot PissedOn (with hurt voice) says:

    You can trust me can’t you?

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    annette curton says:

    BBC have fallen in love again.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    I quite enjoy going to court, dear. It’s lovely to get out and about and meet new people.

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    T Lousel-Snake says:

    I’d rove to bollow that monickel.

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    Archerbolly says:

    Been away for a bit, but have been told that in the past twelve months Rupert’s outfits have had to stump up 224,000,000 in legal fees over phone hacking allegations, and this year is going to be worse. I think he should be suing the Guardian and Beeb for malicious damage.

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    Tuff on Socialist Astroturfers says:

    Of course the BBC is biased – they are so biased they even admit it themselves!

    As for “right-wing propaganda” – only a socialist oaf would come out with such a phrase. Run along back to Alistair Campbell and ask him for your next soundbite.

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    Elsie Beattie (83 and a quarter) says:

    Fox News is for retards, dear.

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    Konspiricee Theerist says:


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    Lou Scannon says:

    A bit like the ‘crime figures’ then – meaningless when they ignore crimes committed by politicians, central bankers and mega-corporations.

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    I'm too left-wing for this country, so left-wing that it hurts says:

    Indeed. Someone has to pay for the adverts for all those gay, lesbian and transgender outreach facilitators, not to mention the diversity awareness officers.

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    okkupying my arse says:

    1%? Is that the same 1% as those who are not the 99%?

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    AC1 says:

    Amazing how during labour it was always “unexpected” and “green shoots soon”…

    It’s like they only buy the grauniad or something….

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    How easy is it to dupe the masses into running with the ‘left’ or the ‘right’ wing press …. when essentially that ‘Division’ is deliberately created … to lure in the easily duped?

    The left & right division is created ‘propaganda’ – whereby the elites funding both – dupe the masses. There is a growing and unstoppable group of the public who have finally twigged with the elitist duping – and they’re in panic mode.

    As for those who have been lifetime dupes and who will never wake up -you are now in a minority.

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    Goldon Blown says:

    Be plepaled to act as my beald and my name is youls.

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    avoid Rochester says:

    Boy, eight, cooked neighbour’s cat in the microwave in front of horrified owner

    Serial killer in the making.

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    Blowing Whistles says:

    Who’s surreptitiously pumping for a sympathy vote here? Inverted logic and understanding it is whats needed here.

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    Country Turns says:

    Show fer what ?

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    Yes. Just ignore 6,000 years’ of history.

    Why not. It is the leftie way.

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    Bored says:

    The trouble is he’s right, it is a non-story.

    The overall left/right balance of papers bought is not anything remarkable.

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    Ed Balls - Shallow Chancer says:

    Great Britain will be forever in debt to Gordon Brown and the Libor party.
    # TheReign ofTerror1997-2010.

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    AC1 says:

    Stick to the BBC, that’s for people with dunning kruger.

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    Enola Gay ready for takeoff.

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    AC1 says:

    That’s why there’s no risk from going subscription!

    People will voluntarily fund al bbc! no need to force them…

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    *Deliberately misread to make a good point*

    There is only one good thing about Derby that I have discovered. That is the art of Joseph Wright in the Derby Museum and Art Gallery which, for that reason alone, is a contender for the best art gallery outside of London.

    England’s greatest painter IMHO.

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    AC1 says:

    > they have started an “In The Courts” section, which covers convictions for minor offences.

    I wonder when they’ll be accused of racism?

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    PJ says:

    A more interesting take is that BBC (i.e. licence payer funded) purchases of the Guardian account for roughly 25% of the paper’s circulation.

    I wonder what percentage of the adverising revenue is funded by BBC job ads?

    If a goverment department had any relationship with a private company then I’m sure that the BBC and Grauniad lefty journalists would be up in arms.

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    I wouldn’t bet on it.

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    2 rollocks says:


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    Hope Duke Len is OK in Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

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    gladyspew says:

    There is no point arguing with the BBC, they are sure of their moral superiority. Instead work on ways to take the bastards down.

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    Justin Bouffant says:

    Hi. Do you always hang around in the bottom area?

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    gladyspew says:

    I do, as a simple voter it’s important how the democracy is being rigged.

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    2 rollocks says:

    Bah!!, we invented sex in the sixties.

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    We need to analyse stuff says:

    Not always. But this time I was giving a friend some gentle encouragement and then she puffed.

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    Poker Bum says:

    No. Green? No.

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    Aunty Matter says:

    Obama would have eaten it.

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    I've said it before and I'll say it again... says:

    The BBC is a fucking disgrace!

  150. 150
    Sick of lefty tourists says:

    Fuck off and get back to Ed’s cock.

  151. 151
    2 rollocks says:

    are you addressing that remark to me ?

  152. 152
    I don't need no doctor says:

    I’m a failed John Lewis shop assistant ( partner ), maybe I could get a job with BBC News, but why should I lower my standards.

  153. 153
    Well documented says:

    They always start by killing animals in a sadistic way.

  154. 154
    I don't need no doctor says:

    Non story, par for the course at the BBC.

  155. 155
    ßilly's Blog (No Comment is Free) says:

  156. 156
    Engineer says:

    Off topic, I know – but – rail franchises.

    Virgin now shagged, perchance?

  157. 157
    Saffron says:

    The Beeboids are nothing less than a bunch of tax grabbing load of left wing freeloading assholes.
    They get millions off the EUSSR,exactly what does that tell us?.
    The shite that they put on is unbelievable,will Wavy Davy do anything about it,no he will not,because him and his sidekicks are clueless.
    When are we going to get a party in this multi culti mess who are interested in looking after the people who are patriotic,I suspect never the country is finished.

  158. 158

    At one hell of a price.

  159. 159
    2 rollocks says:

    Anonymous says:
    August 14, 2012 at 10:15 am

    Taking account of the daily sales figures for 2011 (average in January) from Wikepedia, and then dividing the BBC figures by 11 (the number of months the FOI period covered) and again dividing by 20 (to exclude weekends).

    These are the percentages relating to BBC purcahses vs daily sales of said papers.

    The Sun 0.006
    The Daily Mail 0.010
    The Daily Mirror 0.014
    The Daily Telegraph 0.034
    The Times 0.051
    Daily Star 0.009
    Daily Express 0.018
    The Guardian 0.097
    Daily Record 0.002
    The Independent 0.107

  160. 160
    Sick of lefty tourists says:

    Get over yourself.

  161. 161
    Felix says:


  162. 162
    2 rollocks says:

    I had a brilliant moniker for tomorrow but I have gone and forgotten it.
    I thought my observation about the Irish putting a cow in space but the plate ran away with the spoon was not bad but nobody seemed to appreciate it . Ah well, better luck tomorrow eh ?

  163. 163
    2 left 2 right.... says:

    🚀right are achievers…left driven by sentiment.
    🚀we probably need the best potential of both
    🚀and also that which is our duty….karma clearance.

    who knows!

  164. 164
    Your Friendly Neighbourhood Journalism Criticism Service says:

    As opposed to the States, where a news reader named Gabriel Heatter got the people on the Home Front through it all with a nightly broadcast leading off with some terrible headline and then– “Ah– but there’s GOOD news tonight…” On 11 September 2001, as a for-instance, Heatter would have probably led with “Towers collapse, over three thousand dead; ah– but there’s GOOD news tonight: through the heroic work of the first-responders, many of whom have given their lives, TENS of thousands of people who worked at the Towers will get to spend tonight with their families…” It was verging on Pollyanna to some extent, to be sure, but Heatter, who in real life was a deeply disturbed man, took what could have almost been a risible Life-of-Brian “Always look on the bright side of life” tack and attempted to give a sense of perspective and proportion to what was going on so the Yank public could grasp the whole picture: “President Roosevelt dead at age 63; but there’s good news tonight, Germany is on the brink and will have to capitulate any day now, and President Truman vows no let-up in the war on Japan…” Perhaps he may have overdone it on occasion, but one wonders what success (if any) his approach would have today if attempted by the BBC or any other “It leads if it bleeds” newsgathering and reporting service.

  165. 165
    Holy Tony Blair says:

    Is that all?

    I’ve got shoes more expensive than that.

  166. 166

    Me too. For the large numbers of people who still trust the BBC to be unbiased there word is the accepted truth.
    As gladyspew wrote “as a simple voter it’s important how the democracy is being rigged”
    We the people should have a representative government instead of the shower of shyte we get at the moment, and that includes both the last and present governments.

  167. 167
    Phil says:

    Based on the number of times the Guardian have been forced to retract allegations and by default their mouthpiece the BBC parroted the same garbage surprises me as to why Murdoch hasn’t already sued and is in profit.There does come a point however when both a newspaper and State Monopoly Broadcaster overreach themselves with both an agenda and mindset that is totally alien to the general public and crosses the line of reality. Politicians unfortunately are still playing catch up with the license fee scam but, who knows, some bright spark may one day say 3.5billion per year of tax payer’s money would be far better spent on paying off Brown’s debt rather than paying thousands of non entities exorbitant wages at the taxpayers expense to enjoy a lifestyle that the rest of us could only dream of.

  168. 168
    oddly helpful says:

    For a long time, I have harboured suspicions that his best-known piece, in London’s National Gallery, has secrets of its own – and that it is a meditation on the ‘seven ages of man’, life and death.

    Its neighbours; van Saenredam’s ‘Grote Kerk’ and Turner’s ‘Evening Star’ conceal further mysteries in plain sight.

  169. 169
    Boring bastard watch says:

    Fucks sake, not this blowhard again !!!

  170. 170
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Are you a MOSt SAD agent?

  171. 171
    The BBC is PURE Lefty Propaganda says:

    Late 70s and early 80’s week after week the BBC broadcasted documentaries about new found tribes and lost tribes, they even pushed the boundaries by using subtitles. But always their message was that these tribes should be left alone (except by the BBC that is) as the modern world would make them very ill and their identities would be lost forever.

    All those documentaries as far as I know are no longer obtainable along with their documentaries about acid rain, ozone holes and global cooling.

  172. 172
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Ahhh – Royal Mail – what of Adam Crozier and Leighton the proverbial serial executives – both of them ‘muppets’ who – wouldn’t dare ‘during the Blair / Brown years’ utter a bad word about Murdoch ??? They like suborned little sheep were in bed with Richard Scudamore at the Premiership – their being ‘scaredy scats’ to Rupee’s coin$ – thus they gave the Premiershit TV Media broadcasting rights to rupee’s sky. Their reward for their failure to call the shot on Rupee – was to be ‘enhanced along the gravy-train’ to bring down Royal Mail – to ultimately privatise it. Research rupees interests in TNT. Many people should also research – who bought up all the land many years ago covering the whole Olympic site …. Yet the MSM – daren’t mention that one!!!!

  173. 173
    Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

    God knows who Michelle Collins is but I wouldn’t be surprised if you don’t get a visit from the Rozzers shortly.

  174. 174
    Blowing Whistles says:

    As Sting sang – Openheimers ‘deadly toy’ …. Old Oppohimy set out originallly with good intentions – but the evil ones took his discoveries for their evil intent.

  175. 175
    Well it's a thought says:

    Think the West Coast Railway system is screwed.

  176. 176
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Mr Yahoo is a pitiful sad old zioloon like his dead [Thankfully] old man (Like father like son] – and he and his are ‘fckued, fcuked, fcuked’ – not by the politicians enthralled – but by the growing public revelations about he and his kind.

  177. 177
    W8 & C says:

    Vrgin are not as good as Virgin make out. Time will see but reckon this bid will work out.

  178. 178
    Drop a Daisy cutter on the BBC says:

    The BBC are manipulative lying bastards.

  179. 179
    The BBC says:

    The BBC is the law. End of.

  180. 180
    Its good here says:

    Dont you love this country..
    Post Office run by an American
    Railways run by Germans
    Airports run by Spaniards.
    Water Companies run by Singapore.
    British Airways run by the Irish.
    Government run by the EU.
    No money for cancer patients.
    £46 million for India.
    Elderly sell your home if you need care.
    Asylum seekers we will put you up in a £3 million property.

  181. 181

    The allusion of the skull in Wright’s Experiment (in Room 34 with Evening Star on the opposite side) coupled with the disparity in ages and interest levels of the onlookers confirms your suspicions beyond the shadow of any doubt IMO. I have found his paintings in so many places in England and, unexpectedly but delightfully, in Pražský hrad.

    I confess to being slightly puzzled by van Saenredam as his St Cunerakerk (complete with dogs!) is normally in Room 17a but they may have been displayed together for a special exhibition. However, it does not (for me, anyway) conjure up the mysteries to which you refer in quite the same way.

    I was wondering if you perhaps had in mind his Sint Bavokerk Haarlem at Edinburgh, also at Kelvingrove in Glasgow and yet another at Brussels. Other Grote Kerks at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam (obviously), the Boijmans in Rotterdam and at the Kimbell, Fort Worth, TX. All of these do hint at what you appear to have in mind. I have been fortunate enough to have seen them all over the years.

  182. 182

    I have no problem with your first six examples if, and only if, they are run well.

    The rest are, of course, completely unacceptable.

  183. 183
    E State Agent says:

    Oh go on, gissa clue.

  184. 184
    Nomen Klatura says:

    Jane? You just told us your name was Gladys.

  185. 185

    A rose by any other name …

    *bet you weren’t expecting an instant reply at this hour*

  186. 186
    optional says:

    Given the opportunity, rest assured we would all like to truss you up and chuck you off Beachy Head.

  187. 187
    Sobvyus innit says:

    I think it is for a housewife who can tell you about how her washing up liquid performs and if she likes the colour and shape of the packet it comes in.

  188. 188
    Piss pot says:

    That’s not the point anonymong. The BBC is funded by the public, not the lefties, and so should be impartial.
    I can’t remember the last time the BBC was fair & balanced.

    They are a feckin disgrace & need to be sold off.

  189. 189
    Sobvyus innit says:

    Catty got a spare astropofe in there!!

  190. 190
    Sobvyus innit says:

    If that’s an N H S hosp, he is probably still lying on a trolley in the kitchen corridor.

  191. 191
    Sobvyus innit says:

    Well, you could at least show them how to fold their towels properly.

  192. 192

    No. Possessive plural.

  193. 193
    Sobvyus innit says:

    Virgin on the ridiculous then?

  194. 194
    William shit-software-on-every-desk Gates says:

    But this is not just it, this is British government it.
    Ah …..

  195. 195
    Pawn Sandwich says:

    The Guardian has about 2% of newspaper daily circulation yet represents 15% of the BBC newspaper purchases. That is bias.

  196. 196 says:

    “Bill Gates is, in a manner of speaking, flushing his money down the toilet.

    His charitable organisation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, is looking for future loos that can improve sanitation around the world.

    At the Reinvent the Toilet fair, hosted at its Seattle campus this week, designs included a lavatory that used microwave energy to turn poo into electricity.

    Another turned excrement into charcoal, while a third used urine for flushing.”

    That’s nothing. Labour have been turning excrement into MPs for decades.

  197. 197 says:

    “But always their message was that these tribes should be left alone (except by the BBC that is) as the modern world would make them very ill and their identities would be lost forever. ”

    That’s the Lib Dems that is.

  198. 198
    Wot? says:

    FACT remains that they have far more right-wing papers than left. I don’t see what the problem is? Looks more Gee dough is trying to invent news, like his cheap hack friends.

  199. 199
    Balanced says:

    The idea that media professionals who need to broadcast unbiased stories need to know how BOTH SIDES spin things obviously hasn’t crossed this right-wing Hasbara blogger’s mind.

  200. 200
    NotAMong says:

    No, it just means that the BBC are doing their job at researching stories from more than one angle, DUH!

  201. 201
    I Remember You Hoo says:


    All three “parties” are dancing around on a pinhead shouting look at me, look we are different, whilst at the same time offering the same old socialist, big government, high tax and spend wank.
    You could strip most MP’s of their rosettes and party labels and 90% of the population would not know which of the main three “parties” they belonged to.
    What the LabLibCon currently represent, is an utter political fraud, masquerading as choice.

  202. 202
    NotAMong says:

    How many left-wing papers are there??? Looks to me like they buy far more right wing ones in total than lefry!

  203. 203
    NotAMong says:

    An inordinately huge number of papers push the line of one person: Murdoch.

  204. 204
    Frederick says:

    Guido – please highlight Paul Mason and question the BBC on how a marxist music teacher can become the senior economics editor on Newsnight. You could not find a more blatant propagandist.

  205. 205
    History's longest running stage production in the theatre of victimhood with a cast of millions says:

    The DG actually apologised for the Beeb’s minimal coverage of the (particularly barbaric) Fogel murders.

  206. 206
    Larry of Araby says:

    They’re not ‘right wing’. They’re just not spouting the left-wing propaganda you’d like them to.

  207. 207
    Larry of Araby says:

    I don’t hold any brief for the Dirty Digger and perhaps the Monopolies & Mergers Commission should have had more resolve before he amassed so many titles. Okay, so he’s a rapacious, materialist media baron whose political views are largely self-interested and for the advancement of NewsCorp. But at the end of the day, Brian, that’s his prerogative as an PRIVATE individual who is the head of a PRIVATE corporation.

    The public wants t1ts on page 3. He supplies, end of story. The continentals had t1tties in their newspapers well before Murdoch. His tabloids evince dismal copy; they’re sensationalist, reactionary and tacky, but that’s in the nature of tabloids everywhere and he can’t be said to have had the monopoly on that. It’s really a stretch to claim he brainwashed some sort of degenerate culture into Joe public. If the Grauniad Media Group had acquired those tabloids instead, would the proles have been reading Proust, listening to Arvo Pärt, and unfailingly returning socialist governments election after election? I doubt it.

    The point I’m making is that NewsCorp is not a state-funded entity. It is not bound by charter to political impartiality in its reportage, etc.

  208. 208
    Larry of Araby says:

    Like the moniker! Me, I love a bit of Pallywood glamour on the Beeb in the evenings.

  209. 209
    fukofffatpaddy says:

    I presume you have compared the BBC newspaper purchase patterns with SKY to confirm that this is an abnormal pattern that is truly left wing? You’re so full of shit it’s almost laughable.

  210. 210
    Larry of Araby (Editor: Islington Village Voice) says:

    Love it how a small democracy in the ME so exercises the post-Left: a fringe, elitist group whose views have little traction outside of the Islington village.

  211. 211
    Expat Geordie says:

    Why not, instead of collecting the money and using it to pay down Brown’s debts, not bother collecting it at all and leaving it in the hands of the British people to spend as they like. £3.5 billion must the the equivalent of 1.5p off income tax. If Ed Balls thinks that we should “go for growth” then this could be a good way to start.

  212. 212
    Expat Geordie says:

    It’s because they are so good at what they do. How can an underdog with no oil possibly survive against all those rich arab enemies? They must be in league with the devil. Except as socialists the Islington village doesn’t do God/Devil.

    Looking at how Isreál has done in the last 65 years, how successful Jéws in general are compared to their small size in our general population (5 out of 22 of Maggies cabinet were Jéwísh, but the population in the UK is only 330k), I’m begining to think that old Adolf was right about their being a master race, only because it wasn’t German he tried to destroy it. Incidentally, I’m C of E.

  213. 213
    Anonymous says:

    yes, so approximately 1:1000 Guardaians sold, ends up at the Beeb, vs 1:16666 for the Sun.

  214. 214
    Anonymous says:

    Apparently, Firstgroup have now identified £22m to upgrade 17 of the stations on that route.

    What that really translates to, is a bit of rebranding, a coat of paint, and a wipe down with an oily rag.

  215. 215
    art history with herr schrodigger: i'm there says:

    fuckin’ ell!

    now this is much more interesting than “who is the biggest twat on the twitter”

  216. 216
    art history with herr schrodigger: i'm there says:

    whew! that was close, mein erudite-y bitey poozhy woozhy cat

    where’s me fowlers……….

  217. 217
    Gooey Blob says:

    I’d be just as annoyed if the BBC were broadcasting the right-wing claptrap on Fox. Neutrality is all I want, but the BBC doesn’t do neutral. It seems intent on broadcasting left-wing propaganda.

  218. 218
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Estate Agents are on the list of the lowest forms of life after legal types, MP’s, Police [Politicised totally since at least 2007] – F Off Estate Agent – and read up the law book of “Agency” … Chinese whispers etc.

  219. 219
    Blowing Whistles says:

    If they do – they’ll be done for not only harassment. And if they do they’ll have to ‘open’ a criminal investigation – which is just what I would like.

    The Keystones can go to.

  220. 220
    Blowing Whistles says:

    Don’t ignore that – so called masters can also be decievers, thieves of other peoples ideas and inventions and masters at hiding their hand behind usury!

  221. 221
    Blowing Whistles says:

    The BBC are pumping it for the EU – hence their view on Global warming / Climate change – as being a ‘settled subject’ – it ain’t – but the BBC are suborned to the EU … for funding hence they propmote the EU Climate Change Act – foisted upon us. As for the MP’s (across the board) spinning it up for the EU – they’re a collective of pitiful, misguided and deluded commie dupes.

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