Friday, 22 October 2010

The BBC's Political Correctness



For most of my lifetime I've thought the BBC spoke for the majority of the UK people,  their values such as free speech, being able to protest peacefully and reporting factually.

In the past few years it has shown itself to respect none of the above.  Nick Robinson should know better.  He's mixing with too many petulant MPs I think.

Thanks to OldRightie

27 comments:

William said...

Good on him. He's trying to do his job. No-one's stopping them protesting - just don't do it on his time when he's trying to work. It also associates him with a political statement that he may not particularly want and isn't appropriate for his position.

Free speech isn't the right to shout in someone's ear at all times and in all places.

JuliaM said...

Agree with William. Freedom of speech doesn't mean 'freedom to take over my space and rant away with no option to shut you up'.

This loon's behaviour would be appropriate in a news broadcast about demos; it isn't appropriate here.

And that goes for all the 'hey, mum!' cretins too. Yeah, yeah,, it's tv - what are you, five?

subrosa said...

I disagree William. He over-reacted. There was no need to destroy their placard.

subrosa said...

It was immature Julia, but as I said to William, it could have been handled far better.

subrosa said...

Oh Julia, I should have said, why didn't the camera man warn him? He should have said something surely.

JJ said...

Petulant sod!

Subrosa I found Robinson’s petulance somewhat indicative of media types who think they’re so superior to other people. Why did he have to snatch the placard, and then proceed to break it up like some nasty, spoilt little child?

He could have…if he had anything about him…just laughed it off and smiled.

Incidentally, this often has proved the only way to get any points across to politicians, since they don’t listen.

I would have been very happy if the placard was commenting on the smoking ban.

William said...

Look what happened when he did destroy it - another one appeared directly behind him!

I don't see that you have some inalienable right to annoy someone just because they're on the telly. Personally, I'd have rammed the pole right u....still, moving on.

Alex Porter said...

What an uptight little fart. Demonstration is an instrinsic part of democracy - he obviously has no time for such rights..

When was this piece?

I am heartily sick of the war not making it on to the agenda. People like Robinson are part of the cover-up. The warin Iraq is illegal and is costing 10s of billions of pounds to finance while people are having benefits withdrawn.

The war should be back on the political agenda. Well done and more power to our citizens who take a stand!

RMcGeddon said...

I still remember toenails after all the 'revelations' about Gordon being bonkers and throwing Nokias etc
He sneeringly told us all that everyone knew that Gordon was bonkers. It was the biggest open secret among lobby journalists.
So we've been paying this guy millions to spout Labour lies year after year when he knew all along that Gordon was as mad as a box of frogs. Didn't he think the people had a right to know ? You know us mugs who pay his overinflated wages.
I doubt if anyone who is interested in news would ever watch the one sided biased BBC. It's reporters must jump through hoops to make sure they don't undermine the BBC agenda - pro Labour, EU and global warming nonsense.

Dramfineday said...

Sorry but I found the whole thing quite funny.....watch how the banner "bounces" along behind him like some puppet then does a perfect turn to the other message. Nicks reaction was priceless, having just done the perfect speech to camera (and how the cameraman/woman didn't crack up beats me) he then realises he'd have to do it again and Mr Grumpy comes out. Well, I've been in situations where I've lost it when something silly happened and spoiled the effect I was after. Just not on camera. This'll be one to cast up to Nick, just like the weather forcast for a storm we were to miss, for years to come.....enjoy it we're all human. Go on, go back and have another view!

subrosa said...

'We'll tell you what we think you ought to know' appears to be the BBC's mantra these days JJ.

Now there's an idea. :) Hope LegIron and Dick Puddlecote along with Frank read that.

subrosa said...

Aye William. I roared with laughter at that! It was like some children's programme 'Here's one I made earlier'.

subrosa said...

It wasn't long ago Alex. I'll try to find out the date. OldRightie had it on his site yesterday so he may know.

subrosa said...

That woman who is supposedly replacing him seems just as self-important. Laura someone I think she's called. Naw, I'll stick mainly to Sky and dear old Adam.

subrosa said...

I did laugh Dram particularly when the other one appeared as "One I made earlier'.

This video was obviously taken by one of the Stop the War group but it also says a lot about the relationship between the BBC camera person and Nick Robinson. I don't think they go out for coffee together do you? :)

JuliaM said...

SR, I expect the cameraman just thought 'Oh, gawd, another one...'. They must be pretty used to it. I wonder what they thought of Robinson's action? ;)

subrosa said...

Julia, it wouldn't surprise me if it was the talk of the pub for months. :) Pompous fool he is.

Rightwinggit said...

So, he took someone else's property and then destroyed it..

1. Theft

2. Criminal damage.

Both on camera.

Report him.

Robert said...

I thought it was going to clout him on the bonce then I was impressed that he just ignored it as he made his piece to camera then, only once the BBC camera was off, did he react to it in the shameful way that he did. Still, he always makes me laugh because he looks like Ernie Bilko :-)

JJ said...

Not in Ernie's league!

Robert, you are right he does look a bit like Ernie Bilko...but that is where the similarity ends though. Robinson doesn't have Bilko's charm, wit or warmth.

As a boy in the fifties I grew up watching Sgt Bilko run rings rounds the hapless Col Hall. A wonderful series, and my favourite comedy series of all time.

These opening credits still make my hair stand on end.

subrosa said...

It's the relationship between the camera man/woman which intrigues me. There can't be much luv there Rightwinggit.

subrosa said...

Robert, he wasn't aware of it until he finished and turned round. Auch he's not a patch on Bilko.

subrosa said...

Well said JJ. Thanks for the link too.

Jim Baxter said...

'We'll tell you what we think you ought to know' appears to be the BBC's mantra these days'

No doubdt about that Rosie. A suicide in the centre of rush-hour Edinburgh, witnessed by dozens of people, the aftermath witnessed by hundreds more, goes unreported. by the BBC. Might be bad for some vulnerable people to know about.

On my wish list is for them one day to interview the oldest person in the country and for that person, in response to the inevitable, banal question, to attribute their longevity to fags and whisky. Think they would pass that opinion on?

Crinkly & Ragged Arsed Philosophers said...

Robinson is a toady of the Establishment.

His interpretation of free speech is his freedom to preach the Establishment line.

Ah well; some people are easily bought.

subrosa said...

Now you mention it Jim the only reference I read or heard about that was a bit in the Evening News I think - then nothing more.

Naw. If asked they'd say they couldn't find anyone to fit your criteria.

subrosa said...

Maybe easily bought RA but not cheaply.

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