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i heard the news today, oh boy..
I don't listen to the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 much these days. I suspect that may be, overall, a good thing, for my stress levels and possibly my blood pressure. I do however listen to their podcasts -then I choose what to listen to. The one exception is when I drive to my school in Watford on Tuesday mornings. Then there is at least one occasion to remind myself why I don't listen to the programme. I had a small sample of that today when James Naughtie was interviewing somebody from the trade unions, asking him (and it wasn't a question at all) whether it was legitimate to stage a strike when only a small percentage of those eligible to vote in the ballot did so, even if a majority of those who voted did in favour of the strike. The union spokesperson replies that the same could be said of the general election, in which the current government got elected by a tiny fraction of those eligible to vote. Ah, that is a very different matter, says Naughtie. Now, is it? If most of those who vote choose not to vote, is it an endorsement or a rejection of whatever platform those who won (and those who lost) were running on? Naughtie was saying in almost as many words that is is a very different situation and the government is legitimate but the union ballots, if they voted for strike, were not. I understand that the general BBC approach to interviewing people in public life is the adversarial, confrontational one in hope of catching them in error, but it does seem to me that it is nearly always tilted towards the right. If this guy had anything more to say, I never knew. The one 'question' that kept being asked to him was this demand to admit the illegitimacy of those strike ballots in which a strike was voted for when it wasn't the majority of all people eligible to vote.

I have many times said I'm happy to pay for the licence fee, better to have the BBC than some Murdoch puppet in charge of the main outlet of news in the country. But I do sometimes wonder. The way the BBC reports (or doesn't report) many issues, from Palestine to Venezuela and many others, doesn't look to me very different to me from the way Fox News would report it. Looking at the same issues reported by, say, Al Jazeera, can open one's eyes to a very different perspective.

Avoiding the Today programme seems to be a good idea overall. One should be aware of what is happening (what you don't know can do you a lot of harm) but maybe not like that and, also, maybe not that early in the day.

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zenithed From: zenithed Date: May 19th, 2015 10:49 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm giving up on Today until after the new government honeymoon is over and they start tearing themselves to shreds (so in about six months).

I'm not sure it takes a right-wing approach, per se, but it's heavily influenced by whatever the newspaper narrative is that day, and surprise surprise, nearly all of the newspapers are right-wing or owned by tax dodging millionaires. Certainly the crustier presenters are conservative with a small c, and needlessly confrontational - which can be a productive approach sometimes, but usually isn't.
kruku From: kruku Date: May 20th, 2015 04:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't get too involved in anything you hear from BBC news and current affairs. I Stopped listening to Radio 4 years ago. It is nearly all propanganda. It ignores real stories that are not in the interests of our industrialmilitrary complex until they're outed on the internet. The Arab Spring & the Wesminster pedophile dossiers are two stories that come immediately to mind. And when they do broardcast it's only a damage limitation excercise. Radio 4 is a neocon propanganda organ and I am always impressed with anyone who tells me they've quit working for the BBC news services.
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