Monday, October 09, 2006


Is it me, or is this sort of stuff from the BBC's US reporters rubbish? I think it's rubbish. It seems as partisan as the worst of their UK stuff. I am reminded of the quote on the banner of USS Neverdock:
"America is often portrayed as an ignorant, unsophisticated sort of place, full of bible bashers and ruled to a dangerous extent by trashy television, superstition and religious bigotry, a place lacking in respect for evidence based knowledge. I know that is how it is portrayed because I have done my bit to paint that picture..." BBC's Washington correspondent Justin Webb".

This quote from the Guardian about the secretary of the Norwegian Nobel [Peace Prize] committee (hat tip USS Neverdock again) makes it even clearer:

Prof Lundestad mentions several contenders, such as CNN, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Le Monde and El Pais.

However, he made a notable exception of the BBC.

"Some years ago, the BBC would have been an obvious candidate because it was the international model for news organisations. Nowadays, it is more debatable.

We all know about the problems the BBC has had in recent years," he said, without elaborating.

It's pretty clear when even the Norwegians can spot it.

Why doesn't anybody who reads this check up on it and then send them a comment?

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