BBC goes from one extreme to another

November 11th, 2012 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

After years of doing nothing about pedophile Jimmy Savill,e the BBC went to the other extreme and alleged a former Conservative Peer was a pedophile with no proof, and now the BBC Director-General has resigned.

George Entwistle said his position was untenable after a day of humiliation in which he admitted knowing nothing of a Newsnight investigation which led to Lord McAlpine being falsely named as a child abuser – and nothing of it unravelling.

Mr Entwistle said quitting was the “honourable” thing to do as he had to take responsibility as editor in chief of the BBC for what Lord Patten, chairman of the BBC Trust, said was “unacceptable shoddy journalism”.

He has lasted just 54 days in the job. Mr Entwistle’s decision plunges the BBC into its deepest-ever crisis and leaves it leaderless at a time of mounting questions over its journalism.

Mr Entwistle, 50, had to accept responsibility for blunder after blunder which culminated in an interview with John Humphrys on the Today programme this morning in which he admitted to being completely ignorant that Newsnight was going to effectively accuse Lord McAlpine of child abuse, and then did not read newspapers which revealed that the story was entirely false.

Asleep at the wheel.

The dramatic statements by Mr Entwistle and Lord Patten, made just after 9pm outside New Broadcasting House, came after a day of shame for the BBC in which:

* Jeremy Paxman, the main Newsnight presenter and one of the BBC’s biggest stars, was said to be considering his future;

* Jonathan Dimbleby said the whole crisis was a “disaster which should have been prevented”;

* It emerged that it took the BBC 12 hours to apologise on Friday for its error even though Steve Messham, the man who mistakenly believed Lord McAlpine was his abuser, phoned the corporation to say he had made an error.

The smearing of an innocent man on unsubstantiated and incorrect information is horrendous. They did not name McAlpine, but gave enough details for him to be identified.

The Herald Sun reports:

Former Conservative treasurer Lord McAlpine vowed to issue libel proceedings over the “wholly false and seriously defamatory” suggestion, the Daily Mail reported.

ITV’s This Morning is also in the firing line after host Philip Schofield ambushed the Prime Minister David Cameron with a list of so-called “Tory paedophiles” on live TV.

The liberal bias of the BBC is well known, and I suspect the fact Lord McAlpine is a Conservative is part of the reason they threw away caution. Schofield should also go, for his antics.

 

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37 Responses to “BBC goes from one extreme to another”

  1. speters (108 comments) says:

    I seriously doubt the fact that he was a Conservative affected their approach at all.

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  2. Harriet (5,085 comments) says:

    Entwhistle has only sacrificed himself so the BBC remains in the throws of left leaning journalists, editors and management…..it may look good but, it is still business as usual.

    The entire news team should be let go to get the message across: Taxpayers are not funding British Pravda.

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  3. Redbaiter (9,478 comments) says:

    “Taxpayers are not funding British Pravda.”

    Exactly why RNZ should be shut down.

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  4. Dean Papa (784 comments) says:

    “The liberal bias of the BBC is well known, and I suspect the fact Lord McAlpine is a Conservative is part of the reason they threw away caution.”

    DPF is losing the plot. I blame the nutjobs posters to Kiwiblog. The constant exposure to the opinions of these cranks and their conspiracy theories has to eventually affect your grip on reality. A bit like having Fox News as your only source of election coverage, I’d imagine.

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  5. barry (1,317 comments) says:

    Anyone who has followed the record of the BBC reporting on climate change wont be surprised by the Saville affair and the consequnces.

    The BBC’s reporting on climate is simply a history of deciet, lies, dishonesty, bias, obfuscation, and all the other dishonest activity that one could think off.

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  6. Manolo (14,018 comments) says:

    The comrades are panicking. I wish the same would happen here with RNZ.

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  7. OECD rank 22 kiwi (2,753 comments) says:

    Philip Schofield is safe. ITV aren’t a taxpayer funded body and David Cameron is a weak man who can’t command anything. That might change if he can actaully win an election but that ain’t looking likely anytime soon.

    Lets not forget the sterling work Philip Schofield did for childrens television in New Zealand back in the 1980’s, “Shazam!”.

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  8. mikenmild (11,569 comments) says:

    Dean Papa
    +1

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  9. eszett (2,426 comments) says:

    The liberal bias of the BBC is well known, and I suspect the fact Lord McAlpine is a Conservative is part of the reason they threw away caution.

    I suspect DPF is throwing away all caution and throwing a bone to a certain section of the commentariat.

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  10. James Stephenson (2,223 comments) says:

    I seriously doubt the fact that he was a Conservative affected their approach at all.

    Of course it didt, desperation to take the focus off the Beeb’s culpability in the Savile scandal and a chance to put a Tory in the firing line to boot. Irresistible.

    I could do a " three minute" Internet search and come up with several as high-profile as it gets names from the last (UK) Labour government..

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  11. Harriet (5,085 comments) says:

    Australian MP’s convicted of sex crimes –

    Tasmania-
    Terry Martin 2011 Independent, Producing child pornography and sexual penetration of a child under the age of 17 suspended sentence.

    NSW –
    Milton Orkopoulos 2008 Labor Party 33 counts, including child sex and drug offences 13 years and 8 months (non-parole period 9 years) appealed March 2009

    QLD-
    Keith Wright 1993 Labor Party child sex offences 8 years (non-parole period 4 years), paroled after 5½ years Former Opposition Leader
    Bill D’Arcy 2000 Labor Party child sex offences 11 years (non-parole period 7 years)

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  12. backster (2,183 comments) says:

    A ready made opportunity for the State to get out of the media.

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  13. thor42 (971 comments) says:

    A good “watchdog site” about the BBC is here –
    http://biased-bbc.com/

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  14. Chuck Bird (4,922 comments) says:

    Harriet, unless you are being selective and just showing Labor plus one independent that shows something about the left it appears.

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  15. Griff (8,107 comments) says:

    Bernard Finnigan

    Catholic, Finnigan is a member of the Labor Unity faction. In his maiden speech on 8 May 2006 he told the Parliament that “I am a servant of Christ and subject of His reign in history”. In June 2008 on a conscience vote, he was among a number of Labor MLCs who joined Liberal and Family First MLCs to vote down an amendment to give same sex couples legal access to gestational surrogacy. Finnigan has opposed the legalisation of euthanasia

    The night before his resignation, Finnigan was arrested and charged with four child pornography offences. Premier Mike Rann asked that Finnigan be suspended from the Australian Labor Party while his case was before the courts; the suspension was endorsed by the party’s state executive on 3 May 2011. As the charges were considered a sex crime, South Australian law prohibited publication of his name in connection with the charges until he had entered a plea, was committed for trial or gave his permission for mention of the charges.He remains a member of parliament

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  16. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    Chuck: statistically, that is meaningless. You could just as easily say two of them drove red cars and one drove a silver car.

    Looks like the BBC wanted to take the heat off themselves over Savile and say: “Look, others were at it as well.”
    Suggesting a politician was involved was madness, as it was bound to lead to a witch hunt and innocent people being suspected – even if a politician HAD been guilty.

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  17. Chuck Bird (4,922 comments) says:

    So if Finnigan is convicted he will be another Labor MP to add to Harriet’s list. What is it with the left?

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  18. Chuck Bird (4,922 comments) says:

    Mary Rose, I am not just going on the few Harriet named plus the latest one Griff mentioned. The are also a couple more doggy ones from the left who have not been convicted. What is the name of the one who was texting his male staffer?

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  19. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    Even so, you’re talking about a handful of blokes out of – how many hundreds of MPs there have been over the years? (1993-2011 in Harriet’s list)

    Apart from anything else, if you suppose paedophiles are all lefties, it makes it easier for those who aren’t to get away with it.

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  20. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    This is an absolutely disgusting continuation of the worldwide false allegation industry.

    But what was the other extreme? The BBC failed to read the minds of teenage groupies who bonked pop stars but never admitted it until the possibility of a class action presented itself?

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  21. Kevin (1,122 comments) says:

    Why does everyone think privatisation will fix this? TV3 is supposedly private and its as biased as the rest of the media?

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  22. Chuck Bird (4,922 comments) says:

    “Apart from anything else, if you suppose paedophiles are all lefties”

    Mary Rose. I did not say that. That is type of statement anti-Christian nutters make about Christians.

    However, it does appear the left are overrepresented in kidding fiddling like homosexuals definitely are.

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  23. tvb (4,487 comments) says:

    More heads will roll on this including Chris Patten but not immediately. Lord McAlpine is a wealthy man and would have the means to take this matter further should he wish to. There has been no suggestion of that so far.

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  24. nasska (11,756 comments) says:

    Why couldn’t it have happened here? There would have been the start of a real cleanout of the socialist rats’ nests that are Red Radio & TVNZ>

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  25. Mary Rose (393 comments) says:

    Chuck.>Mary Rose. I did not say that.
    >However, it does appear the left are overrepresented

    A handful of confirmed or alleged cases out of how ever many hundreds of MPs there have been over 18 years in Aussie proves nothing one way or another. So raising the idea just sidetracks from the real issues.

    From those facts, you could as easily draw the conclusion that Australians are over-represented, compared to the number if Kiwi politicians convicted over the same period.

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  26. Yoza (1,903 comments) says:

    “A good “watchdog site” about the BBC is here –
    http://biased-bbc.com/

    Nah, this site here is, by far and away, superior to that amateur set up. http://www.medialens.org/

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  27. Harriet (5,085 comments) says:

    Chuck#

    Here’s the link –

    I ONLY listed ALL the sex ones –

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Australian_politicians_convicted_of_crimes

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  28. PaulL (6,035 comments) says:

    Peter Slipper (former speaker of Aus parliament) was the one with the text messages to a staffer. He was a Lib, they knew he was dodgy but he was in a safe seat. When he went across to Labour and took the speakership the Libs used the dirty laundry they already had against him. So yes, nominally Labour at the moment, but in reality hard argument that he wasn’t dodgy when a Lib as well.

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  29. Chuck Bird (4,922 comments) says:

    Thanks Harriet and PaulL, Slipper might be Liberal but it seemed the woman with a worse voice than Clark was protecting him.

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  30. Redbaiter (9,478 comments) says:

    “TV3 is supposedly private and its as biased as the rest of the media?”

    For fuck’s sake, it is their own fucking money.

    Jeezuz………

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  31. Ed Snack (1,924 comments) says:

    PaulL, typical presentation of the Slipper case intended purely to make the Liberals look bad. Unfortuntaley for you, the facts are little more complicated. In Australia, rather like here, the national party doesn’t actually control the constituency selection process, and Slipper had a very strong local organizational lock on his electorate. As well as that, he has certainly become more “dodgy” over the years, he was on the outer after becoming (I think) a junior minister or undersecretary and getting the boot. He was however protected as the side effect of an agreement made when the Liberal and National parties merged that sitting MP’s would not be challenged in the next election; he would otherwise certainly have been challenged. It was not just a safe seat (though it was that), it was the influence he wielded over the selection process that kept him in place.

    It was as a result of the suspicion and distrust that he was held by the liberals that we has wooed and won over by Gillard as speaker, with a healthy increase in salary and pension, and our Mr Slipper is a man with expensive tastes.

    He tweeted some embarrassing but hardly that offensive tweets to an aide on whom he had carnal desires about. The real scandal is that the Australian Attorney General knew of the content of the tweets when making statements to the effect that there was nothing in them of any consequence and moving to have the court case brought by the aide dismissed in an effort to protect Slipper and his position. Roxon deliberately interfered in the judicial process for highly partisan reasons, which should be a dismissal offense from any ethical government, but we’re talking Australian labor here.

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  32. davidp (3,587 comments) says:

    When News Of The World had some ethical issues last year, Rupert Murdoch shut it down. Will Entwistle’s replacement hold BBC2 to the same set of principles, shut it down, and lay all of its staff off? I’m sure that the BBC wouldn’t want to be seen as having lower ethical standards than the News Of The World.

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  33. PaulL (6,035 comments) says:

    Ed Snack: I’m well aware of the details, I summarised. Bottom line, he’s not Labour. Attempting to imply that only left wing politicians get up to bad things is stupid, no party has a monopoly on candidates who a) do bad things – abuse of power or worse, and b) selection or other processes that make it hard to get rid of them.

    Bottom line was that Gillard wanted to hold on to power, and made a tawdry deal to do so, then her party closed ranks around someone that they would otherwise have hung. More shame on them, but I don’t pretend for a moment that my chosen party- the Liberals (at least if I could vote in Australia) would have done any different if they had a one seat majority and needed Peter Slipper’s vote.

    There are plenty of things to attack Labour and the left in general for. Pretending that only Labour politicians get into corruption is a pretty stupid one to choose, as it’s blatantly untrue.

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  34. questions (208 comments) says:

    “davidp (2,500) Says:
    When News Of The World had some ethical issues last year, Rupert Murdoch shut it down”

    …had some ethical issues…

    “The liberal bias of the BBC is well known”

    Also, this is a bullshit claim, it is reality based reporting.

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  35. Fletch (6,479 comments) says:

    The bias of the BBC IS well known, and they admitted it themselves several years ago.

    At the secret meeting in London last month, which was hosted by veteran broadcaster Sue Lawley, BBC executives admitted the corporation is dominated by homosexuals and people from ethnic minorities, deliberately promotes multiculturalism, is anti-American, anti-countryside and more sensitive to the feelings of Muslims than Christians.

    One veteran BBC executive said: ‘There was widespread acknowledgement that we may have gone too far in the direction of political correctness.

    ‘Unfortunately, much of it is so deeply embedded in the BBC’s culture, that it is very hard to change it.’

    In one of a series of discussions, executives were asked to rule on how they would react if the controversial comedian Sacha Baron Cohen ) known for his offensive characters Ali G and Borat – was a guest on the programme Room 101.

    On the show, celebrities are invited to throw their pet hates into a dustbin and it was imagined that Baron Cohen chose some kosher food, the Archbishop of Canterbury, a Bible and the Koran.

    Nearly everyone at the summit, including the show’s actual producer and the BBC’s head of drama, Alan Yentob, agreed they could all be thrown into the bin, except the Koran for fear of offending Muslims.

    In a debate on whether the BBC should interview Osama Bin Laden if he approached them, it was decided the Al Qaeda leader would be given a platform to explain his views.

    And the BBC’s ‘diversity tsar’, Mary Fitzpatrick, said women newsreaders should be able to wear whatever they wanted while on TV, including veils.

    Ms Fitzpatrick spoke out after criticism was raised at the summit of TV newsreader Fiona Bruce, who recently wore on air a necklace with a cross.

    The full account of the meeting shows how senior BBC figures queued up to lambast their employer.

    Political pundit Andrew Marr said: ‘The BBC is not impartial or neutral. It’s a publicly funded, urban organisation with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.’

    Washington correspondent Justin Webb said that the BBC is so biased against America that deputy director general Mark Byford had secretly agreed to help him to ‘correct’, it in his reports. Webb added that the BBC treated America with scorn and derision and gave it ‘no moral weight’.

    Former BBC business editor Jeff Randall said he complained to a ‘very senior news executive’, about the BBC’s pro-multicultural stance but was given the reply: ‘The BBC is not neutral in multiculturalism: it believes in it and it promotes it.’

    Randall also told how he once wore Union Jack cufflinks to work but was rebuked with: ‘You can’t do that, that’s like the National Front!’

    Quoting a George Orwell observation, Randall said that the BBC was full of intellectuals who ‘would rather steal from a poor box than stand to attention during God Save The King’.

    MORE

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  36. Griff (8,107 comments) says:

    Political pundit Andrew Marr said: ‘ BRITISH PEOPLE ARE not conservative. It’s a urban POPULATION with an abnormally large number of young people, ethnic minorities and gay people. It has a liberal bias not so much a party-political bias. It is better expressed as a cultural liberal bias.’

    FLETCH you just do not get that for MSM to report your views as you desire would be extremely biased. You try to claim a bias when it is reporting because of your conservative leaning. You along with others of your political persuasion ignore that you represent at best 10% of the population.

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  37. Fletch (6,479 comments) says:

    Griff, you’re wrong.
    The media is blatantly pro-left.
    Do you think if a republican like Bush were POTUS that he would have got away with Benghazi?

    The media would have hammered him relentlessly, as they did Reagan over the Iran-contra affair.

    Obama is given a free pass; in fact, the media carry water for him.

    I’m not asking for a pro-conservative media. I’m interested in a media that covers both sides fairly.
    This DOESN’T happen now.

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