Wednesday, October 04, 2006

The BBC "gets it"

You gotta admire the BBC News.

Their news reporting is a refreshing departure from the all-too-common "herd mentality" of the mainstream US media. They don't need to spin the news to the wishes of American corporations; they can simply report the truth.

At least, here they can.

I have no idea how they report British news. Who knows? Maybe over in England they're all a bunch of pussies who fold up like cheap lawn chairs under pressure...

You never know.

But here, they can pretty much report on our political scene from an objective viewpoint. We don't get that in our news very often. Check this article from the BBC News:
Connecticut

This Senate race has already provided more drama than any other this year. Incumbent Senator, and former vice-presidential candidate, Joe Lieberman was sensationally beaten (CT Bob: awesome!) in the Democratic primary by businessman Ned Lamont, (CT Bob: notice how it's not "Greenwich millionaire" for a change) who was campaigning primarily against Mr Lieberman's perceived closeness to President Bush and support for the Iraq war. Mr Lieberman is running as an independent, and polls suggest that he is a little ahead.

[...]

SENATE

Incumbent Independent (formerly Democrat) Joe Lieberman (CT Bob: Holy shit! I frickin' LOVE the BBC!) faces Republican Alan Schlesinger and Democrat Ned Lamont. Democrat Christopher J Dodd holds the other seat.
Gotta give 'em credit. I can't imagine ANY of our mainstream media referring to Lieberman as having been "sensationally beaten" in the primary! Nice phrasing there.

5 comments:

ifthethunderdontgetya said...

Hi Bob! Digby gets it, too! And General Clark gets it.

imajoebob said...

The BBC beats the snot out of Blair (and the Tories, too). And when the Labour government started threatening their budget they just beat them up even harder! Blair tried stacking the deck with appointees (sound familiar?), but that didn't work for long, either.

Anonymous said...

The Government does not set the BBC budget, it paid for by revenues raise by TV license fees, its a license that you have to buy every year if you want to own a TV. I am not sure if the previous comment is from someone living in the same England I do but as a Labour member I have usually found the BBC very fair.

imajoebob said...

I, too, lived in the UK. The budget is set by the government through the TV licence, through authorized commercial endeavours, and through regulation of online activity. When there was the big brush-up in 03/04 about supposedly false reports there were threats made to the entire BBC funding scheme. And the BBC stood up to them.

I never said the BBC wasn't fair. What I said was that they aren't afraid to stand up to the government. That means they are very fair. The BBC has a generally atagonistic relationship with every politician. Americans would be shocked to see them interrupt MPs who refuse to answer questions or who start ad hominem attacks. They make them toe the line and answer to the public.

imajoebob said...

I, too, lived in the UK. The budget is set by the government through the TV licence, through authorized commercial endeavours, and through regulation of online activity. When there was the big brush-up in 03/04 about supposedly false reports there were threats made to the entire BBC funding scheme. And the BBC stood up to them.

I never said the BBC wasn't fair. What I said was that they aren't afraid to stand up to the government. That means they are very fair. The BBC has a generally atagonistic relationship with every politician. Americans would be shocked to see them interrupt MPs who refuse to answer questions or who start ad hominem attacks. They make them toe the line and answer to the public.