Election 1997…..and the corridors of Broadcasting House were strewn with empty champagne bottles.

I listen, most mornings, to the interminable wittering which is broadcast under the title BBC Today. It is the Flagship political, news and current affairs programme on Radio 4, six days a week: and it depresses me every time I switch on, because (usually) of the Lefty-Liberal emphasis placed upon everything which comes across the news editors’ desks and thence, through the ether, into our homes. Take a typical cross-section of the news and views over the past three-four weeks, and let us examine certain things in detail.

BBC coverage of the Presidential Candidates Nomination; and then on to the Election. It ranged from commentary such as Justin Webb calling Donald Trump  “a racist, misogynist, narcissistic thug”; to an incredulous BBC reporter’s view of Trump’s loyal vanguard. He honestly could not comprehend what those Americans found to acclaim, or even applaud someone whom he literally disliked so much.

The incredible truth of Trump’s victory,  which began to arrive on the screens of news watchers the world over, was literally, the end of their world. One BBC news director was reported as being in tears.

The death of Andrew Sachs, he of ‘Manuel’ fame was covered in great detail; with story after story of how funny he had been, how kind, and nice, and how he was a good actor etc., etc. But the one thing which I remember about Andrew Sachs, which was about the disgusting so-called skit covering his granddaughter; with voice-mail messages broadcast for all to hear from the so-called comedians Russell Brand and his co-conspirator Jonathan Ross, which literally turned Sachs white with fury, and eventually resulted in Brand being ‘resigned’ from the BBC, and Ross suspended for three months: with the BBC being fined £150,000.00 by Ofcom. Nothing, not one single syllable, about that vicious attack on a man, was even mentioned, in an apologetic way, or was broadcast.

But the item which truly took the prize was, for me; the reporting and commentary on the death of Fidel Castro. From a selection of comments and tributes, one would have thought that either a living saint, or a very holy person had died; not, as in reality, a murderous dictator. For literally hours, the tributes poured out, about how he had given Cuba a Health Service, and Schools, and all the rest of the lefty blather. It was not until this morning, when a lone representative of Cuban-America spoke up, and indeed was actually allowed to have his say about the disastrous regime which was Castro’s Cuba. The clip, at 33.30 into the broadcast, is well worth listening too, and is doubly enlightening because it was probably the ONLY negative viewpoint broadcast over the entire time of Castro’s death coverage!

4 comments for “Election 1997…..and the corridors of Broadcasting House were strewn with empty champagne bottles.

  1. John in cheshire
    December 3, 2016 at 7:42 pm

    Mike, I applaud your fortitude, I stopped listening to bbc news nine years ago because I was truly concerned I might suffer a heart attack. I’m pleased there are people such as yourself and biasedbbc and is the bbc biased are here to keep a watch on this rogue organisation. The time is long overdue for it to be culled and I wonder when someone will emerge who will put it out of its misery.

  2. Judd
    December 3, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Indeed, i gave up on the state broadcaster long ago.
    If was a commercial operation with voluntary subscriptions it would have gone bust decades ago, and all those luvvies and lefties might have to do a proper days work for their bungs, the mere thought of which would kill half of them off, one can dream.

  3. Errol
    December 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm

    Castro was a communist, a fascist dictator whose attitude toward the ‘democratic republic’ he ruled over was brutality in extremis. The BBC, of course, think this is a wonderful thing. Absolute state power, a la Pravda. No annoying capitalism, no markets, just absolute statism because, the BBC would tell us, the state knows best. After all, let’s not forget that the market for the BBC is not the public, but the government.

    Simply, the BBC is populated by young, metropolitan folk who have had the luxury of doing pointless degrees thanks to parental wealth and then getting a leg up in that profession through contacts. Existing amongst such a peer group the individual starts to assume everyone is like him, and has the same views. He becomes insular and insulated by his own wealthy, idle, luxurious lifestyle and cannot understand how anyone else could be any different. Misunderstanding becomes intolerance, intolerance become open prejudice – after all, this is a good life, everyone would like this – and anything else is dismissed. Finding himself a platform of like minded characters he begins to proselytise his attitudes and dismiss others and all the while is blind to his racism, his arrogance and is secure in the rightness of his cause. When challenged he resorts to abuse and slurs, labels that protect his ego and denigrate those who intrude upon his shell of superiority.

    Such eventually becomes culture and the norm, then assimilated into the popular consciousness and before you knw it, bigotry, racism, abuse and slurs become common place from the pupilt of righteousness.

  4. December 4, 2016 at 12:06 am

    Yes, I go into the online for headlines in the morning or for sport but that’s all I can stomach.

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