Saturday, 4 February 2017

Open Fred


Thread for general observations and catty comments, preferably about the BBC

22 comments:

  1. Very illuminating juxtaposition of news items on R4 6 pm news. At about 7 mins in:
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08byp9g#play
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    1) Justin Welby, archbishop of Canterbury and a christian I suppose, is linked with child abuse (seems to be beating of boys) at Christian camps in the 1970s by a certain Mr Smyth. Not proven. All alleged. The item ends, startlingly, with the BBC Home Affairs editor telling us that Mr Smyth is now in South Africa and that his website tells us that he is promoting Judaeo-Christian values. Got the message everyone?!
    2) Next up. Some men have just been convicted in Sheffield for sexual exploitation and rape, offences around year 2000. No names. No need to mention their "values". Perhaps they too might have known some religious leaders? Well BBC isn't going to tell us. (Btw - Therightwingpress says the convicted shouted allah akbar).

    Conclusion: there is some serious Islamic influence at the BBC. Never mention anything negative about Islam. Pile on the accusations and fling mud at all other religions.

    I've read that Theresa is a vicar's daughter. Come on girl, wake up!

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    1. "Conclusion: there is some serious Islamic influence at the BBC." Worth investigating the genesis and development of the "Asian Unit".

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    2. Islamic influence that Beeboids are not inclined to question because of their PC reluctance to say anything negative about a religious/racial minority.
      Incidentally, two video clips of Andrew Neil filleting, first, Anjem Choudry and then Asim Qureshi seem to have been 'pulled.' Copyright issues? If so, why have other BBC clips been left in place?

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    3. Sorry, meant to say 'pulled from YouTube.'

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    4. The Cuz Buzz3 February 2017 at 12:29

      Good luck.

      https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/number_of_chinese_japanese_and_k#

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    5. Peter, well spotted. "Asian" doesn't even mean Hindu, Parsee, Sikh or even atheist. Trojan Horse.

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    6. After the incident at Le Louvre, the BBC were reporting that the attacker shouted 'God is Great'. I understood that he said 'Allahu Akbar'. Is this so that we don't jump to the 'wrong' conclusion? Should not the BBC news report say at the very least that what he said might be translated as 'God is Great'?

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    7. I guess the BBC wish to avoid labelling this attacker. However, they were quick to label Jo Cox's killer as a 'white supremecist'.

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  2. As I have commented elsewhere (http://biasedbbc.org/blog/2017/02/01/mid-week-open-thread-103/comment-page-3/#comments), the bBBC website eventually included the story of the 80-year total sentences passed on the six Rotherham 'men', two of whom shouted Allahu Akbar, tucked away in its local South Yorkshire section where hardly anyone would notice it.
    Perhaps it's because Muslim men raping young white girls no longer counts as 'news'.

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    1. It is a bit like "man bites dog" isn't it.

      Unfortunately some news, like this, falls more into the "dog bites man" category these days. Stir in a bit of BBC bias for good measure.

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    2. Sadly, the BBC has, and does deploy a quaint series of exemptions based on BBC assessed estimates of public interest, newsworthiness and how much time they think they can waste to get the attempt killed.

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  3. The BBC should have put their 'Explainers' to work following the Commons vote to trigger Article 50. Were many of the dissenting MPs from constituencies where there was a majority Leave vote? Was Dianne Abbot genuinely too poorly to vote? Come on, BBC, 'explain'. Or, as seems likely, are we back to standard anti Government diet of NHS and social care now that derailing Brexit and discrediting Donald Trump are lost causes?

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    1. Sadly, I don't think they have given-up on derailing Brexit. Not at all. I noticed that although the vote was, what, 411 to 110, the BBC managed to have equal, if not more, interviews with the MPs who voted against anti-Article 50.

      There's years of negotiations ahead, which the BBC will use to soften Brexit and who knows there may be a vote on the eventual deal or even a 2nd referendum. Don't forget the BBC's charter is absurdly much longer than a Parliament's.

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    2. Fewer MPs voted for Article 50 than voted to have the referendum in the first place. Curiously, scant BBC comment on that.

      Diane Abbott knew she didn't understand the issue so wisely chose not to cheapen the proceedings by voting on it. Or she thought she was avoiding causing trouble by a Shadow Cabinet minister defying Comrade Leader. Another display of brilliance by the Queen of Hackney.

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    3. R4 Week in Westminster this am. Opens with clips of Commons debate speeches from 2 Remainers and 1 Leaver. Then an interview with Ken Clarke - the only Tory Remainer in the vote.

      Oh yes the BBC isn't going to give up on this. There's a long-term game being played.

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  4. As far as Diane Abbott is concerned, Andrew Neil explained her absence most eloquently on This Week: She had a nasty attack of 'Brexit flu.' Guido explained it better still with a photo of her in a bar with Shami Chakrabarty at the time of the vote. She certainly didn't look full of beans (!) but that probably had something to do with being caught on camera.

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    1. Honestly the thought of being around her full of a full serving of beans AND the offerings of a bar makes me almost feel sorry for Baroness Shameless in close proximity.

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    2. LoL - Tree-huggers' dream: free, renewable, alternative energy! Not too sure about the half-life of the waste though, & there's always the danger she might try to get through a doorway at the same time as Eric Pickles and reach critical mass!

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  5. An interview with the Father of the man suspected of the terrorist attack at the Louvre. Mr El-Hamahmy is not happy - "I can't believe my son is a terrorist," he says. Well, à la Mandy Rice-Davies, 'He would say that wouldn't he?' Apparently, his son, whom he has not seen for several weeks, doesn't have that sort of beard - his is short and stubbly - and, anyway, he doesn't wear white trousers, he wears jeans. There were four soldiers, why didn't they just overpower him? A chap goes to visit the Louvre, minding his own business, and the Army goes and shoots him four times! So that's it then, he must have been framed by the French Army. Martine, who has clearly brought both brain cells to bear upon the case, twists her mouth into a pensive pout & gives a little frown while her eyes signal, 'Mmm, food for thought, I buy it.' And across the country, no doubt, many naïve people will also buy it - so, Martine, how many have you helped radicalise today? At no time was the father confronted with the evidence, nor was it mentioned to viewers: Hamahmy fils bought TWO machetes and used one of them to attack a soldier whom he had thrown to the ground. The soldier kept him at bay with his feet and, then, when his situation became desperate, opened fire. (Source: Le Figaro.)

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    1. Blogger seems to have swallowed my first sentence: the above interview was on BBC News Channel at 6pm!

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  6. The House of Commons has voted for Article 50, no amendments undermining it. BBC hardest hit.

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