BBC Bans Virtue Signaling

It was already the case that those Beeboids with social media bio’s claiming “my views not the BBC’s” were in breach of the prohibition on personal expressions of opinion on social media that conflicted with BBC guidelines. Yet they were numerous…

Now new guidelines tighten things up going forward. While they are not retrospective, Beeboids are warned off the following;

  • being drawn into ill-tempered exchanges, or exchanges that will reflect badly on themselves, or the BBC. Lewis Goodall can stay out of our DMs too.
  • “posting when your judgement may be impaired” Don’t drink and tweet.
  • revealing how you vote or expressing support for any political party. Leave us guessing.
  • Do not post anything that couldn’t be said on-air or on BBC platforms. Obvious, except to the Beeboids with bios disclaiming “my views not the BBC’s”…
  • “Do not break news on a personal account”. A point Guido’s editor emphasises to reporters often.
  • Do not mistake social media networks as accurate reflections of public opinion; your audience is overwhelmingly elsewhere. Britain is not Twitter.
  • “expressing a view on any policy which is a matter of current political debate or on a matter of public policy, political or industrial controversy, or any other ‘controversial subject’.” or supporting campaigns, (e.g. by using hashtags) “no matter how apparently worthy the cause or how much their message appears to be accepted or uncontroversial.” Black Lives May Matter, Beeboids don’t need to virtue signal that.

The guidance recognises that “expressions of opinion on social media can take many forms – from straightforward tweets, posts or updates, sharing or liking content, following particular accounts or using campaigning or political hashtags… Be wary of ‘revealed bias’, whether through likes or re-posting other posts, so that a bias becomes evident, and ‘inferred bias’ where a post is impartial but loose wording allows readers to infer a bias… Avoid ‘virtue signaling’ – retweets, likes or joining online campaigns to indicate a personal view, no matter how apparently worthy the cause.”

This is an area where Guido has been exploring data statistically. It is clear for example that certain reporters are currently revealing their bias and antipathy towards Trump by amplifying negative stories about him and no positive stories. If co-conspirators want to help with the data harvesting, feel free to share your spreadsheets…

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Tom Whipple’s Vaccine Revelation

Just four days ago, The Times’ science editor attacked the Mail on Sunday’s story that NHS staff are set to get a Covid vaccine “in weeks”, claiming that “if anyone *actually* knew how well the trials were going then they would have broken blinding protocols. So either the story is not “dramatic evidence of covid breakthrough”, or it’s a major scandal”. Guido was surprised, therefore, to see The Times splashing with a scoop this morning from Tom claiming “Scientists hope for vaccine by Christmas”Scandalous, Tom, no one *actually* knows how well the vaccine trials are going…

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Rod Liddle to Record News UK Diversity Course

Top Sun, Times and TalkRadio figures have been privately venting their fury over Guido’s revelations yesterday that the whole Murdoch News UK family is to be forced onto compulsory diversity and inclusion training and forced to sign up to new equality objectives. Rod Liddle’s even promised to record his participation…

Murdoch hacks will be even more miffed off to learn that during the leaked Zoom call it was stated News UK’s diversity push will only apply to the “wider leadership” – in corporate terms, “Exec-2″. In other words, the company’s actual top executives like Rebekah Brooks will be exempt from the forced diversity attempts. It’s also not gone unnoticed that News UK’s private school dominance is massively more disproportionate than its racial disparities with wider society – yet no grand initiatives have been started on that…

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Victoria Derbyshire Apologises for Saying What Millions are Thinking

This morning, Victoria Derbyshire was shamed into apologising for confessing her plans to break current Covid restrictions at Christmas by having 7 people at her family gathering. The comments came in this week’s Radio Timeswhen she let slip:

“If the rule of six is still in place at Christmas, we’re breaking it to have the rule of seven. We just are. Joining me, my husband and our two boys will be my mum, her partner and my husband’s dad. It’s fine. We’ll do it knowing what the risks are.

We’re not stupid. We’re going to be sensible and buy a thermometer gun. But we have to be together at Christmas. It feels almost irresponsible saying that, but I don’t think we’re alone in feeling that way. We need to see my elderly mum and my husband’s elderly dad. We just do.”

This morning – no doubt under pressure from above – Victoria performed a U-turn, tweeting that her comments had been a “hypothetical” breaching the Rule of Six in a “Tier One area (medium)“. She went on to say “We’ll of course continue to follow whatever rules are in place on Dec 25th”…

From what Guido can tell, Victoria’s completely in-touch with a nation growing tired of restrictions. While it’s clear the country supports measures in the round, people have become increasingly at ease with gently bending them around the edges. It is a shame to see the BBC covering up a real representative view…

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Trust in Government and Media Falls During Pandemic

The Reuters Institute has a study out claiming there is a “coronavirus communications crisis in the UK” which is “characterised by declining news use, eroding trust in news, low trust in platforms, and a dramatic decline in trust in the UK government as a source of information about COVID-19.” Guido is reassured by the findings; the government and the media have constantly changed their contradictory advice, so why would rational people not lose trust in them?

Politicians on 22% are half as trusted as the government and media on 44%. Way behind medics, scientists and health organisations who are trusted by around 80% of the population. This seems about right…

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News UK Hacks to be Forced Into Diversity & Inclusion Training

Rupert Murdoch’s News UK is undergoing a major woke shake-up in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests, with the company’s human resources department aiming to exert influence on editorial content and decisions across all titles; as well as requiring all journalists and presenters to sign up to diversity and inclusion objectives and training. A leaked Zoom chat on the subject reveals that the media giant has appointed Shelley Bishton as their new “Head of Creative Diversity” to oversee the transformation…

As part of the sweeping changes across the News UK empire, titles will be forced to:

  • Appoint “diversity specialists” on each outlet
  • Agree a process for internal and external content review to track sentiment and coverage
  • Introduce a new politically-correct “style guide” so journalists can speak with authority on stories about diversity

The human resources team privately described the readerships and audiences of The Sun, The Times, The Sunday Times, Talk Radio and Times Radio as a “predominantly anti-diversity and inclusion” audience, with  “newsrooms… more white and they tend to be more male.” Go woke, go broke…

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