The official UK government policy on genetically modified (GM) crops is “precautionary, evidence-based and sensitive to public concerns”. Who are they kidding?
Bias Towards Power *Is* Corporate Media ‘Objectivity’: Journalism, Floods And Climate Silence By David Cromwell
17 February 2014 — Media Lens
The key to what is precisely wrong with corporate journalism is explained in this nutshell by the US commentator Michael Parenti:
‘Bias in favor of the orthodox is frequently mistaken for “objectivity”. Departures from this ideological orthodoxy are themselves dismissed as ideological.’
8 February 2014 — John Pilger
The BBC’s Today programme is enjoying high ratings, and the Mail and the Telegraph are, as usual, attacking the corporation as left-wing. Last month, a single edition of Today was edited by the artist and musician P.J. Harvey. What happened was illuminating.
28 January 2014 — Media Lens
‘Propaganda’ sounds like an old-fashioned word from a bygone era. It evokes images of the Nazis in WW2, particularly Reich Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, or Soviet leaders in the Cold War and dictators in ‘Third World’ countries. Propaganda is something spewed out by official enemies of the West, and surely not a vile practice indulged by ‘our’ politicians and business leaders. This is a convenient illusion that serves powerful Western elites very well indeed.
6 January 2014 — Socialist Appeal
Genetically Modified Politicians: Their Battle to Persuade the Public to Accept GM Food By Lesley Docksey
27 November 2013 – Global Research
9/11 and the Collapse of WTC Building 7: The BBC’s Role in Distorting the Evidence and Misleading the Public By Peter Drew
22 November 2013 – Global Research
On September 11th, 2001, the world changed and the endless war on terror was unleashed across the globe. First Afghanistan was invaded, and then Saddam Hussein and Iraq were also mysteriously implicated in 9/11 as the public were sold the case for the invasion of another oil rich nation.
3 November 2013 — Apophenia
This is how the BBC website introduces a report by its BBC Panorama’s Syria correspondents Ian Pannell and Darren Conway on August the 30th, 2013. The story contained a video, ostensibly shot near Aleppo, Northern Syria, by an anonymous school headmaster, and documenting the aftermath of a napalm attack on his school, supposedly perpetrated by the Syrian armed forces on August 26th. Continue reading this...
2 November 2013
Believe it or not, I was actually at this gig at the Marquee Club in March of 1965, I think with my brother, sitting a couple of feet from the master himself. And, I was at his funeral in NYC at the ‘Jazz Church’, St. Peter’s in the Citibank Building at which Charlie Rouse played, along with a host of other jazz greats. In the quartet are Charlie Rouse tenor saxophone, Larry Gales bass and Ben Riley on drums. Unfortunately this not the entire programme but maybe half of it (35 minutes). There’s so little of Monk on record let alone on film, but one, the best movie about jazz that I’ve seen is ‘Jazz on a Summer’s Day’, directed by Bert Stern. And for an excellent book on Monk see, ‘Thelonious Monk – The Life and Times of an American Original‘ by Robin D.G. Kelley. Free Press 2009. Continue reading this...
30 October 2013 — Media Lens
When someone with interesting things to say is granted a high-profile media platform, it is wise to listen to what is being said and ask why they have been given such a platform. Comedian and actor Russell Brand’s 10-minute interview by Jeremy Paxman on BBC’s Newsnight last week was given considerable advance publicity and generated enormous reaction on social media and in the press, just as those media gatekeepers who selected Brand to appear would have wished.
‘Go Home’ texts expose racist, anti-migrant British policy to the world By Les Back and Shamser Sinha
26 October 2013 — Our Kingdom
Last week two London academics exposed a racist government blunder, sparking international embarrassment and a statement from the Prime Minister. A small victory in the jaws of defeat, they say. Here is their report on one week in anti-immigrant times.
“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 2
24 October 2013 — WSWS
In a retrospective this summer, “Seeing Red,” the British Film Institute celebrated the work of veteran film and television producer Tony Garnett. The BFI described Garnett as one of television’s “most influential figures,” who “produced and fostered a succession of provocative, radical and sometimes incendiary dramas.”
“The struggle to tell the truth through stories”: An interview with British film and television producer Tony Garnett—Part 1
23 October 2013 — WSWS
In a retrospective this summer, “Seeing Red,” the British Film Institute (BFI) celebrated the work of veteran film and television producer Tony Garnett. The BFI described Garnett as one of television’s “most influential figures,” who “produced and fostered a succession of provocative, radical and sometimes incendiary dramas.” Continue reading this...
24 June 2006 — williambowles.info
Harold Smith, who died 3 January 2010 is almost unknown except for the few who are aware of his courageous and lifelong struggle to expose the murderous duplicity of British Imperialism in Nigeria. Smith, in 1960 then a novice, young colonial administrator in Nigeria attempted to expose the rigged and phoney ‘independence’ that the British had foisted on the Nigerian people. I wrote this back in 2006 and given all the current events in Africa, I felt it worthwhile reprinting it. There is also a followup piece, ‘Hidden histories confirmed: So much for the ‘Mother of Parliaments’‘, that I wrote a couple of years later. There is also a tribute page to Harold here. WB Continue reading this...
10 October 2013
Yes, I know, I’ve not been very prolific of late, either with articles or my own work (in spite of brief burst of activity over Syria, Sarin and the BBC) but then I’ve been doing this pretty much non-stop for over ten years and I’m just burned out. Worse still, I feel like like I’m just pissing in the wind for all the good I try to do.
10 October 2013 — Our NHS
[I'm not sure if responding to this BBC survey is worth the effort or not, but who knows? In any case, I've just completed it and zoomed it off. Perhaps, just perhaps, if enough of us respond, something might change, though the role of the BBC in propagandizing for the state is so crucial in preserving the status quo, the odds are against it. But it does reflect the fact that people are finally wising up to the role of BBC and the powers that be know this. WB]
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