By Paul Homewood
Booker highlights the latest examples of BBC bias:
Anyone who thinks that the BBC any longer pays the slightest attention to its statutory obligation to report only with “accuracy and impartiality” should have heard two items on last Tuesday’s Today programme on Radio 4, each so one-sidedly propagandist that they made a complete mockery of the BBC Charter.
It was inevitable in light of the recent heatwaves that the BBC would rush to publicise the “Hothouse Earth” report, in which a group of global warming zealots claimed that world temperatures are now on the verge of sending the climate spiralling out of control. Unless we comply with the 2015 Paris climate accords (or possibly even if we do), and allow an environmentalist world government to bring about a “total re-orientation” of human behaviour, apocalypse is likely.
First interviewed was one of the report’s authors, who made the astonishing claim, completely unchallenged, that, thanks to our burning of fossil fuels, we are now seeing “the highest temperatures on Earth since the last ice age”. It has long been established by proper science that in the Holocene Optimum, which followed the end of that last glaciation 12,000 years ago, parts of the Earth, for three millennia, were often far hotter than they are today.
But next we only had a senior official of the UN body which organised the Paris conference to echo this message in spades. What, of course, we never hear from the BBC is that the Paris accord was no more than empty wishful thinking. The latest official figures from China show that, as already the world’s greatest CO2 emitter, it is still building ever more coal-fired power stations – exactly as most non-Western countries indicated was their intention just before Paris. Even the accord conceded that CO2 levels would continue to rise after 2015 to 40 percent above their 2005 level.
The Today programme followed this with an even more shamelessly one-sided item on President Trump’s latest sanctions on Iran. With the aid of a senior US official who, under President Obama, was one of the negotiators of that bogus nuclear deal with Iran, and a professor of American studies at Tehran University, who blamed all the problems of the Middle East on America and Israel, this was so overtly pro-Iranian and anti-American that I hope next week to mention the key facts the BBC left out, including the latest wave of anti-government protests across Iran itself. On these and so many other issues, the BBC now has such a clear “party line” that it no longer makes any pretence of trying to report accurately or impartially. Alas, there now seems no way it can be called to account for giving its audience such a distorted view of the world.
BBC bias has long been an issue on many matters, but they now cannot even be bothered to hide it.
Their party line line on Trump, is that he must be wrong.
As for climate change, they hide behind the “settled science” mantra, which gives them cover to promulgate all sorts of lies and misinformation. Anybody who dares to challenge it, even mainstream scientists, must by definition be a denier who should not be given airtime.