Inquiring minds may want to know that British and U.S. Media giants have a few troublesome things in common. The most profound harmony of the two Fourth Estates is a resolute and committed leftwing bias.
Is this an accurate statement? Do we have facts to back up this assertion?
Information used to be the bread and butter of any newsroom, so let’s take our Liberty Nation slogan, “Truth is Making a Comeback,” and put it to good use. There is a verifiable basis to make this declaration, and by-golly, it turns out that the Brexit story is a textbook example.
Statistics Damn the BBC
The think tank Civitas published a study that puts any controversy regarding this premise to rest. Here are just a few pearls from their report:
- Of the 4,275 guests on BBC radio between 2005 and 2015, only 3.2% supported Brexit
- Of the 274 hours of BBC EU television coverage between 2002 and 2017, only 0.2% of those interviewed supported Brexit
- Anti-leave supporters Michael Heseltine and Kenneth Clarke clocked 28 appearances during this timeframe – nine times the amount of air-time given to all pro-Brexit adherents combined.
One might ask if the bias is over and done with since the Brexit vote two years ago. As a matter of fact, no. The anti-Brexit beat continues in the U.K. despite a clear message sent by British voters to leave the European Union. Ergo, 366 interviews conducted on the BBC’s Today Programme in the six months following the referendum reveals only 2.9% of guests supported Brexit, and of the 52 speakers that were invited on the show this fall, only 16 were pro-Brexit voices.
Pro-Brexit Voices Drowned Out
This bias and extensive imbalance of BBC coverage have not gone unnoticed. “What is surprising,” David Keighley mused in BrexitCentral, “is the sheer scale of the Corporation’s failure to meet its Charter requirement of impartiality.” Charter? Indeed, the big boot in the butt for many Brexiteers is that their tax-payer dollars foot the bill for the luxury of being bombarded by this media distortion. This is because the British Broadcasting Corporation operates under a TV license fee, which is then billed to companies, organizations, and British households that own television equipment. The amount of money paid to the BBC is set by Parliament.
Put in American terms, imagine if part of your paycheck went to fund CNN.
Considering that they pay for the privilege of indoctrination, the unrelenting biased coverage that the BBC has imposed on the British people is almost criminal. So, what’s a freedom-minded Brit to do?
Media Editor Graham Ruddick of The Guardian points out a solution voiced by none other than the BBC’s former political editor. Nick Robinson claims that, “Alternative news sites are waging a ‘guerrilla war’ against the BBC.” “If mainstream news wants to win back trust,” wrote Robinson, “it cannot silence dissident voices.”
Amen and amen, Mr. Robinson. Here in the U.S., we may have a few Gadsden flags left that we can send across the pond. It sounds like you’ll be needing them if Shakespeare was right when he wrote in “The Tempest” that “what’s past is prologue.”
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