Sunday 13 September 2015

Is Sky as bad as the BBC?

Many people hereabouts think that Sky News has become as bad as BBC News, and I'm rather inclined to believe them.

However, here is a piece of counter-evidence - the second story on the Sky News website at the moment:

And here's the start of the Sky report:
Refugees heading to Greece on people smugglers' boats are given a 'migrants handbook' packed with tips, maps, phone numbers and advice about getting across Europe. 
Among discarded life jackets and punctured rubber dinghies, Sky News discovered a tattered copy of the unique travel guide washed up on a beach on the Greek island of Lesbos. 
The booklet's cover features a photograph of a young man on a beach at sunset, looking longingly out to sea, with oars at his feet as he prepares to make the treacherous crossing. 
The 'rough guide' is written in Arabic and contains phone numbers of organisations which might help refugees making the journey, such as the Red Cross and UNHCR.
Among those behind the booklet is an organisation called w2eu, which means 'Welcome To Europe'. 
Does anyone here think the BBC would ever have 'broken' that story?


  1. Possibly, but probably not in a main news programme.

    Sky's press previewers are also noticeably far more balanced than BBC choices, who seem to be drawn almost exclusively from the left-liberal commentariat.

    I am just listening to Lyse Doucet coming out with the BBC propaganda line about the dead baby pic "pricking the world's conscience". Obviously it hasn't pricked the conscience of Saudi Arabia (who refuse to take refugees but have offered to build 200 mosques in Europe). Other parts of the world not noticeably moved to help: China, Russia, India or Japan. Heer viewpoint explicitly challenges the view of the government that we were already helping the Syrian refugees hugely.

  2. Your views on bias are politically influenced. This current story could be said to have a left wing bias, however, the current coverage of the Labour Party leadership results and Shadow Cabinet appointments could be said to be right wing and quite pleasing to the government. A balanced view rather than an extreme reaction may be a better option. Don't you agree?

    1. Pay attention. The BBC's bias against Corbyn has already been noted here. It is further evidence that the BBC's political position is a kind of soggy liberal-left, that may flirt with Marxism but isn't actually hardline Marxist itself. If I had to choose a personality who best represented the BBC's political position it would probably be Harriet Harman.

    2. If you view the anti-Corbyn attitude of the high-profile Beeboids on various flagship programmes from the perspective that they want Labour back in power in 2020 but see Corbyn's extremism as an obstacle to that goal, it makes sense, and is not right-wing behavior.

      Listen to their criticisms: Milband's Labour couldn't be trusted on the economy or immigration, Corbyn's will be even less so.

  3. You've just disagreed and then contradicted yourself

  4. Funded by George Soros.


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