Saturday, January 22, 2011

Media Bias

A bbc producer reveals the leftist bias at the beeb. Surprise! Surpise!

For 20 years I was a front man at the BBC, anchoring news and current ­affairs programmes, so I reckon nobody is better placed than me to ­answer the question that nags at many of its viewers — is the BBC biased?

In my view, ‘bias’ is too blunt a word to describe the subtleties of the ­pervading culture. The better word is a ‘mindset’. At the core of the BBC, in its very DNA, is a way of thinking that is firmly of the Left.

By far the most popular and widely read newspapers at the BBC are The Guardian and The Independent. ­Producers refer to them routinely for the line to take on ­running stories, and for inspiration on which items to cover. In the later stages of my career, I lost count of the number of times I asked a producer for a brief on a story, only to be handed a copy of The Guardian and told ‘it’s all in there’.

The bbc has admitted this in the past, but now says it's different. That's very funny.
The cbc also admits left wing bias, but theyare happy with that.
At least American networks are more honest. They are also privately owned so they should be able to do as they please. Public left wing broadcasters should be sold off. Why do conservatives have to pay to continue the leftist propaganda. Both the cbc and bbc are propaganda wings for the grits and labour respectively. Maybe the election authorities should investigate all the free publicity given to the parties of choice of these "public" broadcasters. The bias isn't surprising. The public broadcasters favour those who will give them more money. They believe in big government! That is far less likely to be conservatives!


Owner and Doggy said...

None of the links have any proof that the CBC is biased, if someone actually bothered to read them carefully.

Two of the links consists of blogs, hardly a reliable source. The other one links to a document that contains nothing at all that points to the CBC being biased. This is just continued CBC Bashing of Conservative supporters.

been around the block said...

Um, how about this study, Owner and Doggy? Ryerson U. professors aren't particularly known for their fondness for c/Conservatives:

Ryerson University professors Marsha Barber and Ann Rauhala explored the demographic and political leanings of Canada's television news directors. The results of their survey were published in 2005 in the Canadian Journal of Communication. The researchers found that the news directors, whom they describe as the people "with the most direct responsibility for programming the news on any given day," were more politically and socially liberal than the rest of the Canadian population. Broken down by network, those working for the CBC were the most left-leaning [my emphasis]. ...

When the researchers turned their attention to television news alone they found that coverage by the CBC was most harsh against conservative positions. [my emphasis] ...

Journalists, particularly those working for CBC TV, used omission, exaggeration or misrepresentation of information to present evangelicals and the positions they held in the worst possible light [my emphasis].

You were saying ...?

Anonymous said...

Radio Canada is the worst with never a good word for Canada, the federal government or the conservative government. Very socialist and (quebec)nationalist. Of course you can be right-wing and nationalist, but we don't get much of this.

CanadianSense said...

Owner and Doggy (Perhaps you should try reading the contents of the REPORTS next time)

As mentioned, it calls on CBC
outlets to touch on the widest range of views possible. On, there does not
appear to be a wide range of “pointy” views. For instance, many of those who
complained claimed that there is no one of an opposite ideological viewpoint readily
apparent on the service. Unfortunately, this appears to be true. As I observed in an
earlier review concerning CBC Newsworld programming, the CBC should not
necessarily avoid having people of strong views on the air, but we must ensure that
people of differing views are given a fair opportunity.

Alberta Girl said...

Sheesh O & G...I don't need to read any reports to detect bias on the part of the CBC, I just need to watch it...which I really try NOT to do as I cannot stomach the self righeous, arrogance oozing from my TV screen.

ridenrain said...

Listening to CBC now, all I'm hearing is Liberal spin on the adds. As it stands, the Libs don't have to pay for air time because the taxpayer is, through the CBC, as usual.

Anonymous said...


If Canada had a legitimate, small-c fiscal conservative Prime Minister he would eradicate the far-left bias, unfair and unbalanced, terrorist’s sympathizing, Khadr hugging CBC which consistently promotes and encourages revulsion for the United States. This billion dollar a year embarrassment and humiliation serves as the Canadian left’s “Ministry of Popular Enlightenment and Propaganda”.

The massively overfunded state broadcaster dislocates the free market with unfair competition by squandering its multi-billions of tax dollars without being compelled to produce a product that customers will pay to watch. If this far-left, bias, lap dog for the Liberal/NDP collation didn’t have $1.2 of tax dollars to squander it wouldn’t even have its current pathetically low ratings. For the unaccountable CBC, informing the public pursuant to both sides of a story means giving a hyped-up version of the Liberal Party’s talking points, and then producing a hyped-up reiteration of the NDP’s talking points. CBC frequently gives the impression of publishing Lib/NDP news releases verbatim, but seems to apportion a great deal of time to scrutinize, research, censure, and criticize Conservative statements.

Now that Canada has numerous television and radio networks, satellite networks, and the internet, there is no longer any necessity for a state broadcaster; especially one scripted by left-wing affirmative action bimbos/minorities, and watched to mostly by the far-left, but paid for my people who actually work for a living and pay taxes. One of the numerous rationales for the exceptionally low quality of the state broadcaster’s regularly error overflowing “news” is its policy of sacrificing excellence in order to promote its far left Liberal/NDP agenda, plus its diversity goals to hire recent immigrants with their habitually inferior journalistic credentials. The state broadcaster consistently mis-informs the public, some times by intent, and other times because they hire these semi-qualified, so-called “journalists”.

As opposed to producing quality, informative, balanced, unbiased journalism that Canadian tax payers are over paying for, the state broadcaster has an immense creditability gap, is guilty of oversimplification and “dumping down” news, neglects to distinguish between opinion and comments, favors form over content, uncompromisingly encourages anti-Americanism, and has no public trust with anyone not on the extreme left!

If Harper was a genuine small-c conservative he would immediately begin to eradicate the deficit/debt by changing this embarrassment to a private pay for view station, sell the complete far-left bias Khadr hugging state broadcaster, or simply shut down this far-left bimbo/minority scripted degradation to humanity.


CanadianSense said...


Chretien-Martin has Manning and Day as allied in making cuts to the CBC.

Who in Parliament since 2006 is willing to cut the CBC from the opposition benches.

Feel free to offer those names up, we only need about 10 MPs.

been around the block said...

A "balanced" debate on the CBC is a panel with someone just left of centre, someone very left of centre, and someone totally out in left field.

They think this is fair comment because their heads are so far up their yin/yangs their vision is blurred.

And, hey, Owner and Doggy, where did you go? Out for a lo-o-o-o-ng walk?

Louise said...

The CBC's bias shows up in what they consistently ignore as much as what they do cover, let alone how they cover what they do cover.

We all remember how bloody long it took them to finally report on the Climategate emails, and then it was all about hackers "stealing" private email exchanges.

Fast forward to Julian Assange and the Wikileaks' dump of diplomatic cables designed to embarrass the American government. No mention of "stolen" private correspondence, there. Instead, they post the cables on their website and invite readers to search through them themselves.

And have they followed up on the consequences of that piece of espionage/treason?

Take this, for example: More blood for Julian Assange. Will the CBC provide in depth cover of the connection between Wikileaks and these events? I'm not holding my breath.

Anonymous said...

This is how I see it: the public owns the airwaves and sells the rights to broadcasters. Broadcasters should politically represent the political spectrum in the market they serve and at all times should allow alternative views to be presented on all issues in order to prevent the chicken little syndrome. (real conservative)

been around the block said...

Uh huh, hit and run by Owner and Doggy. So typical. :-(

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