By Paul Homewood
I took a passing look at the BBC’s new “So I Can Breathe” series on air pollution the other day. Just the title alone suggests this will not be an objective, factual set of programmes.
The BBC blurb shows just how comprehensive the propaganda is:
From Monday 6 March to 12 March the BBC will broadcast a special week of stories titled SoICanBreathe which looks at some of the different ways the world is seeking to reduce air pollution. Stories will run across BBC News in the UK, local TV and radio, World Service radio, World News, online and social media.
Reporting from across the UK and around the world, SoICanBreathe will discuss the causes and impacts of air pollution and will draw on ideas on how to solve this issue. It will look for evidence that these solutions are effective and report on any limitations.
Stories will be brought together online at bbc.com/soicanbreathe, featuring a range of ideas on how to tackle air pollution from Chinese solar architecture to banning wood burning stoves in the Alps, a gallery of crowd-sourced selfies with solutions and a quiz.
Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects, Emily Kasriel has written a blog for About The BBC introducing the series.
The series editor is Emily Kasriel, Head of Editorial Partnerships and Special Projects. Rather sinisterly, she refers on her blog to:
We know that audiences are interested to find out about solutions to problems. Their interest has been a driver behind the Solutions-Focused Journalism initiative I’ve been running across BBC News.
We are used to propaganda from the BBC, but is not “Solutions-Focused Journalism” crossing the line into outright political campaigning?
Before anybody is tempted into giving her the benefit of the doubt, take a look at her Linkedin entry:
The Skoll Foundation? This is how they describe themselves:
Skoll are absolutely clear – they want to drive “transformative change”, and in doing so “disrupt the status quo”.
Wikipedia has this description of social entrepreneurship:
Social entrepreneurship is the use of the techniques by start up companies and other entrepreneurs to develop, fund and implement solutions to social, cultural, or environmental issues. This concept may be applied to a variety of organizations with different sizes, aims, and beliefs. For-profit entrepreneurs typically measure performance using business metrics like profit, revenues and increases in stock prices, but social entrepreneurs are either non-profits or blend for-profit goals with generating a positive "return to society" and therefore must use different metrics. Social entrepreneurship typically attempts to further broad social, cultural, and environmental goals often associated with the voluntary sector in areas such as poverty alleviation, health care and community development.
In other words, Skoll wants to disrupt the capitalist system and replace it with a socialist model.
Now this might all be very worthy, but what is a senior BBC editor doing getting involved with such a blatantly and overtly political group.
Her Linkedin profile says she is currently a Senior Advisor to Skoll. Such a role should surely automatically bar her from any BBC work that could be could in any way be compromised, and that must certainly include this latest series.