Here's a secret from the world of 'BBC bias blogging' (one I'm dead certain that my blogging compatriots at B-BBC, BBC Watch, etc, will be more than familiar with): We actively hunt out accusations of bias against the BBC (like ultra-sound-guided, BBC-hating bats).
The problem with one key potential source, Twitter - due to it largely being a left-wing echo chamber with little connection to the mood of the British people as a whole -, is that most accusations of 'BBC bias' there tend to come from what peer-reviewed academic journals might (or might not) describe as "left-wing moonbats".
Even BBC Radio 4's Broadcasting House received moans on Twitter today from such left-wing moonbats for featuring a nasty free-marketeer on this morning's interesting discussion about pay, the market and fairness.
That the said nasty free-marketeer (Jamie White, introduced as representing a "small" free-market party in New Zealand) was pitted against a TUC spokeswoman (Nicola Smith) and a left-wing academic (Dr Clare Chambers), making it 2:1 against the nasty free-marketeer, didn't seem to register with such enlightened people, who obviously just couldn't bear to have to listen to that horrible, horrible, horrible free-marketeer (poor lambs!).
And neither did Jonny's much stronger challenging of the free-marketeer, as compared to his far more helpful questions to his two left-leaning guests. [Jamie stood his ground though].
As James Harding says, just because the BBC gets criticised from both sides doesn't necessarily mean it's getting it about right.
And the Leftoids are doing exactly what we're so often accused of: claiming it's bias to broadcast an opinion they don't like.ReplyDelete