Report by Jane Edwards.
Surely it is not really news that the BBC has a left-wing bias and is pro-immigration, as a Daily Mail reporter revealed on May 29th when commenting on a study published by New Culture Forum? Any reporter worth his/her salt must know that the BBC only advertises staff vacancies, including for reporters, in the Guardian. A look at any Question Time program will reveal that by their comments and applause the audiences seem to be picked primarily from those with left/liberal views. If they were typical of UK voters then the Tories would be lucky to have 10 Parliamentary seats and the nationalist vote, about 4% on average, would not make O.1. If you ask the program organisers they will admit that “the audience is selected”. I assume it was well ‘selected’ when at the peak of its strength the BNP’s Nick Griffin was invited to be hung, drawn and quartered by Lib-Lab-Con attack dogs in that farce of a program. Unfortunately Mr Griffin turned out to be not as smart as we all thought he might be – but that’s another story.
Back to the New Culture Forum report by their Ed West, it makes two charges against the BBC. One is that it gives too much weight to pro-immigration voices over the past 15 years and almost totally ignores the negative social impact of multiculturalism. The report does not mention that the main sufferers of this are the original Brits of our Midlands and Northern towns and cities, and the million former Londoners who voted on this issue with their feet. The report’s other accusation is that “the left-wing Corporation has downplayed violence by Islamists”- including since the Woolwich murder, although it is happy to criticise Christianity.
One of the examples the report gives of the BBC’s bias includes the use of “unanimously pro-migration interviews” (no opposing views allowed) for a special feature on migration in 2002, which it says was “propaganda”. Even the TV soap opera Eastenders has been criticised for masking the real truth about immigration in Britain, with the report suggesting that the predominantly white cast in East London is not reflective of reality. It states: “a realistic East London soap opera would have to show a white family moving out every year, to be replaced by Bangladeshis or Somalis, and much of the programme would need to be subtitled.”
It is significant that Broadcaster Jeff Randall, formerly of the BBC, suggested that the organisation’s attitudes to multiculturalism were not impartial, stating: “When I was there, this was not up for grabs. Multiculturalism was ‘a good thing’. The BBC supported it. Don’t take my word for it because, when I complained to the BBC about our coverage of asylum-seekers, this is what I got back from a very senior BBC news executive: ‘ Jeff, the BBC internally is not neutral about multiculturalism. It believes in it, and it promotes diversity. Let’s face up to that’.”
In the Daily Mail article by Alasdair Glennie it said that in the report Ed West had said that the BBC by focussing on personalised, emotive cases of asylum seekers and immigration success stories had failed to cover the views of working class ‘natives’ or to ask awkward questions about the difficulties of integration.
The Daily Mail article also said about the report: “It added: The BBC feels uncomfortable tackling Islamic extremism or aggression by minorities; it feels more at ease to see Muslims as victims of racism or Islamophobia.”