Sunday, December 22, 2019

The Ultimate Fake News Award Goes to BBC

Ed.'s note: The BBC states the "public doesn't trust the media after the elections." That's a brilliant conclusion after all that has happened related to Brexit leading up to the UK elections between Jeremy Corbyn and Boris Johnson. The fact is nobody trusts the media, in the UK or based in the US. The BBC is probably one of the most influential news sources there is and now the BBC is facing a serious credibility problem. Ultimately, what the BBC is attempting to do is control all speech. The BBC wants to "control the wisdom of the crowd" so that the BBC doesn't lose control. In this case, the "crowd" being alternative news sources like MPN. As this Mint Press News article points out: "The BBC took the pacifist vegetarian like Jeremy Corbyn and turned him into a bloodthirsty tyrannical terrorist." How appropriate too that the current director of the BBC, General Baron Hall of Birkenhead, is trained in theater who was Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden, London from 2001 until March 2013. The ultimate fake news report of course goes to the BBC when on September 11, 2001 the BBC and CNN announced the collapse of WTC7, even though while they reported on the collapse the building could still be seen standing behind them.

The Ultimate 'Fake News' Report In History Goes To BBC News


Source: Mint Press News

BBC Director-General Calls for Media Critics to Be Purged From Social Media

The BBC has responded to criticism over its coverage of the UK's general election by calling for their online critics to be banned from social media.

by Alan Macleod | December 18, 2019

In the face of a mountain of condemnation over how it provided a key role in helping Boris Johnson win last week's UK general elections, BBC Director-General Baron Hall of Birkenhead has called for the corporation's critics to be purged from the internet.

"The conspiracy theories that abound are frustrating…some of the abuse…is sickening. It shouldn't happen. And I think it's something social media platforms really need to do more about" he complained. Other BBC employees, who refused to name themselves, also expressed their exasperation to The Guardian over what they called "ludicrous Twitter storms" over "minor errors" in their reporting making it "really tough" working for the corporation.

The BBC is by far the most influential news outlet in the United Kingdom. According to the Media Reform Coalition, its channels account for around 75 percent of all TV news by market share and the company controls over half of the nation's radio audience. is also the number one most visited British media website.

At no point did anyone quoted in the Guardian article accept that the BBC's coverage of the recent election was anything other than exemplary, a common sentiment among top BBC employees. Veteran news anchor Huw Edwards, for example, described the idea that the organization was biased against Labour as "risible."

Baron Hall singled out the criticism of BBC Political Editor Laura Kuenssberg – herself a descendant of the German aristocracy – as particularly unpleasant. "Elections always put the BBC's impartiality in the spotlight. Social media offers a megaphone to those who want to attack us and makes this pressure greater than ever," he said.

Yet Kuenssberg has been carrying out a sustained, non-stop attack on Labour since Jeremy Corbyn was elected its leader in 2015. A report from the BBC's own trust concluded that she was so biased that she breached company regulations, an extraordinary finding from the corporation's own foundation.

Kuenssberg also flouted strict election laws to reveal, while voting was still open, that postal ballots showed an enormous conservative majority was looming, thereby influencing the election. The UK Electoral Commission is currently investigating her. She also reported fake news in the run-up to the election, claiming that a Labour activist had punched a Conservative advisor visiting a hospital. What makes this particularly insidious is that this was part of a coordinated Tory propaganda campaign to divert attention away from the viral news that a four-year-old child had been pictured being treated on the floor of the underfunded and overcrowded hospital, sleeping, while hooked up to machines, on a pile of old coats rather than a bed. The Conservative government is currently in the process of privatizing the National Health Service.

Biased Broadcasting Corporation

Few of the BBC's 300 million users are aware that the corporation's genesis lay in helping the Tory government crush the 1926 general strike that threatened to bring about a socialist revolution to the UK. According to media historian Tom Mills, the BBC became a "vital instrument of propaganda for a government determined to break the strike." putting out non-stop state propaganda and banning the Labour Party from the airwaves. As the strike was broken, the BBC reported on the "nation's happy escape." Its Director-General at the time said that the BBC had "saved" the UK and that if Louis the Sixteenth had had a national broadcaster, the French Revolution would never have happened.

During the 1980s, the BBC put out round-the-clock propaganda for Conservative Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in her war against the miners’ strike, doctoring footage to make it seem like miners had attacked the police, when, in fact, it had been the other way around. The failure of the miners’ strike led to the complete re-organization of the UK along neoliberal lines and the end of centuries of industrialization and increases in living standards.

More recently, the BBC proved crucial in propagandizing the public during the Iraq War and the Scottish independence referendum. The BBC's bias has also spurred a rich tradition of academic critique. Yet those same academics are now facing suspension from social media if Baron Hall gets his way.

A Chilling Blow for Free Speech

The purging of dissent of the corporate state is something MintPress News has covered in depth. While few progressives shed tears at the news that a number of media giants like YouTube, Facebook, Spotify and Pinterest all took the seemingly coordinated decision to ban notorious radio show host and Infowars founder Alex Jones from their platforms, the precedent that it set was immediately used to silence more genuine independent voices. Facebook shut down the pages of Occupy London, the Black Agenda Report and Venezuelanalysis. Others, such as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and the Ron Paul Institute's Daniel McAdams were banned from Twitter for trivial reasons.

Please go to Mint Press News to read the entire article.

The ultimate fake news report goes to the BBC on September 11, 2001:

BBC Reports 911, WTC 7 Collapse BEFORE it Happens

A lot more fake news originating out of the BBC:

How Britain tried to influence the US election in 1940

BBC accused of 'cutting off' reporter as he notes MI6's role in torture of terrorist suspects

BBC and Prince Andrew 'Perform' Damage Control Interview

BBC stash 84 million pounds of tax payers money in Bermuda

The BBC promoting the white helmets created by the ex-UK military officer James Le Mesurier in Syria who have come under serious scrutiny:

James Le Mesurier, White Helmets co-founder, discovered dead in Turkey

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