The Notorious London Spy School Churning Out Many of the World’s Top Journalists

4 June 2021 — MintPress News

    An unhealthy respect for authority

The fact that the very department that trains high state officials and agents of secretive three letter agencies is also the place that produces many of the journalists we rely on to stand up to those officials and keep them in check is seriously problematic.

by Alan Macleod

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BBC an instrument of government foreign policy

15 January 2020 — True Publica

BBC an instrument of government foreign policy

TruePublica Editor: In January 2015, the BBC warned the government that its global news presence will end up marginalised by overseas rivals such as Russia Today and al-Jazeera unless multimillion-pound cuts were reversed. The global news division included the BBC World Service, which had suffered big cuts. It was a stark warning that Britain’s global ‘soft-power’ was declining. In November that year, the taxpayer was quietly lumbered with an £85m bill. Lord Hall, the BBC Director-General of the day, welcomed what he described as “the single biggest increase in the World Service budget ever committed by any government.’ However, after the Brexit result, funding by the government accelerated very quickly.

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Prime (Time) Evil By William Bowles

12 January 2006

Iran’s relations with its erstwhile partners in Europe seem to be hurtling downhill like a snowball out of control.– Bridget Kendall, BBC diplomatic correspondent, 27 October 2005

No prizes awarded for what inspired this classic piece of state propaganda but it speaks reams about the relationship between the state and the corporate media. After all, what is it based on? Nothing more than the US and UK’s assertion concerning Iran’s ‘intentions’, in other words, Ms. Kendall’s words are essentially the propaganda equivalent of a pre-emptive strike. Continue reading

The BBC Photoshop’s the news By William Bowles

9 March 2005

I have been following BBC coverage on both the World Service and BBC Radio 4 as well as the BBC Website over the past few days of the shooting death of the Italian secret serviceman and the wounding of the freed Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena. The discrepancy between eyewitness accounts of the event and the BBC’s reportage is, to put it mildly, glaring, not only by virtue of what is not reported but the manner in which the story has been covered.

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