Sunday, 4 March 2018

Complaints from the Dark Side

Remembrance of Interviews Past  (from Downing Street). AM talking to a Gordon Brown mannequin.

For those missing some Andrew Marr Show-related Sunday tomfoolery about bias, well, today's big 'scandal' (according to the louder, dafter parts of the Left on Twitter) has been the programme's decision to broadcast a pre-recorded interview with Theresa May in Downing Street rather than interview her live in the studio. 

Apparently, it's the pro-Tory BBC caving in to Robbie Gibb, the PM's ex-BBC director of communications.

And, for good measure (and going wilder), it's also apparently the case that the interview was then edited to help the Tories and that the Marr show is "on the Conservatives' payroll" (or variations thereon).

Are March hares really madder than these people?

Though having moved on to pastures fairly new (Robbie Gibb's old BBC job, no less!), the Marr programme's former editor Rob Burley has been back in action today.

He made the obvious point in response to this latest outburst of Corbynista anti-BBC lunacy  that "the last two Labour Prime Ministers both gave Marr interviews in Downing Street (as did David Cameron)" and that "it's far from new or particularly clever, it's just something that sometimes happens with PMs". 

(Indeed, thanks to Biased BBC, you can still see one such Andrew Marr Downing Street interview with PM Gordon Brown on YouTube). 

And he added, correctly, "And BTW PM did three - 3! - live interviews on Marr last year".

But still, like creatures out of a George A. Romero horror film, they've kept on coming....

...Jez4PM...Jez4PM...Must eat brains...Jez4PM...Jez4PM...

Conspiratorial thinking isn't new when it comes to considering the question of BBC bias (and the Right side used to be as guilty of it as the Left is now), but it's going ever more off the scale these days.

It's not good, but maybe it's best for the BBC to take to heart the stoical message imparted by one of their greatest philosophical thinkers from a bygone age (now, like Cicero, in exile from the BBC's airwaves for reasons of political incorrectness):

The rest of us meanwhile can just stockpile the popcorn and cheerily despair of some of our fellow human beings.

Crunch, crunch, crunch....

P.S. If you're wondering what the immensely likeable Rob Burley is now in charge of, having moved onwards and upwards at the BBC...

...well, from what I can see, he's now in supreme editorial charge of the Daily Politics, Sunday Politics, The Andrew Marr Show, Westminster Hour, Newswatch and "executive edit" (whatever that means) of This Week.

I'd wrongly assumed, from what I'd read, that he'd left The Andrew Marr Show and Newswatch behind him in his upwards move, but it appears that he hasn't.

The 'Editor, BBC Live Political Programmes' role seems to have expanded to embrace both programmes and he's gone, Napoleon-like, from being First Consul of two live BBC programmes to being Emperor of six live BBC programmes.

He'll be invading Sky, ITV News, Breitbart London and ITBB next and imposing members of his family on us all.

Me and Sue, like the Bourbons, will have to flee before his imperial might and seek refuge elsewhere.

I don't know about Sue (who's made of far sterner, Duke of Wellington stuff than me), but I'm already crying 'Vive L'Empereur!'

(Tip to Rob though: Don't try and conquer Russia Today. It won't end well if you try.)


  1. As the French may have once said “Merde” although according to some accounts that’s an early example of Fake News. Unfortunately the BBC wasn’t around back then to protect us from it.

    1. The BBC would,of course,have been rooting for the
      enemy and doing its best to question the importance of Wellington's victory: 'Was Waterloo really necessary?,' 'Did British troops commit war crimes?' etc,etc.

  2. He may be likeable, but he does still possess the unerring skill of the bbc editor to know what, or who, to go near, and what not to have time for.