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BBC groupthink is undermining its claim to impartial reporting–Booker

September 16, 2018

By Paul Homewood


Booker challenges the BBC’s heavily biased anti-fracking stance:


BBC groupthink is undermining its claim to impartial reporting 


The BBC has issued formal new guidelines on how it covers “climate change”. Its editorial staff are invited to apply for a training course on how to ensure that any reporting on issues related to climate or energy policy should represent BBC groupthink, with only the most minimal airtime being given to any “deniers” (their word) who dissent from it (and then only if anything they say is immediately challenged).

Apart from a brief, dismissive interview with Cuadrilla’s chief executive, the item was no more than a relentlessly one-sided commercial for the vociferous anti-fracking lobby

Last Sunday’s Countryfile included an item that the BBC would doubtless regard as a model of compliance with its approved line. Over imposing shots of wind turbines, Tom Heap echoed “surprise” that, while “the search for a cleaner, greener energy supply the UK can rely on continues”, the Government should have given Cuadrilla Resources the go-ahead to start fracking in Lancashire for “fossil fuel” shale gas. Apart from a brief, dismissive interview with Cuadrilla’s chief executive, the item was no more than a relentlessly one-sided commercial for the vociferous anti-fracking lobby.


Tom Heap  

Tom Heap: "surprised" that the Government should have given the go-ahead on fracking  Credit: Tom Dulat/BBC


Scarcely a point made was not open to serious factual challenge. But, as usual, amid all the puffs for “clean, green” energy from the wind and the sun, and reminders that it is government policy to phase out fossil fuels, the most important point of all was completely left out. There was no mention of the fact that when, as often happens, the wind drops and there is no sun, only one energy source is capable of providing the instantly available backup needed to keep the electricity grid functioning and Britain’s lights on. That, of course, is natural gas. To conceal this makes nonsense of any pretence that this is the “impartial” reporting to which the BBC is legally committed by its charter.

  1. BobH permalink
    September 16, 2018 2:08 pm

    It’s very difficult to argue the opposite. One is just dismissed as a loony and shouted down. The level of debate has sunk exceedingly low and is noticeably worse than during the last election when Labour activists were all over social media, shouting, swearing and generally expressing actual “hate” at any other point of view or opinion.Reasoned argument is the loser and seems to have reached the height of illogicality and mass hysteria only previously experienced in Nazi Germany.

    • Sara Hall permalink
      September 16, 2018 2:59 pm

      It’s some time since I was able to enjoy watching programmes such as Countryfile. More often than not these days, I find myself yelling “idiots” at the screen before switching the rubbish off. Some of my friends are non scientific and barely keep up with the news, yet they often have strong opinions on green issues. Nowadays, I ask them to explain why they have such views, based on what exactly, reminding them that I’ll almost certainly be able to challenge them, whatever they say! Any potential argument then usually fizzles out.

      • HowardPriory permalink
        September 17, 2018 5:40 am

        And you still have friends? So lucky. When I try your approach, I find I am never invited to dinner again! Their loss, naturally!!!

  2. tom0mason permalink
    September 16, 2018 3:09 pm

    BBC’s heavily biased anti-fracking? Surely not…
    All those BBC lefty luvies must be laughing their heads as they get ‘the message’ out.
    What a national treasure that BBC is, with all its sophistry wrapped in fools gold and paste jewels.

    This winter should be an entertainment as the BBC ‘reporters’ opine nonsense about how CO2 is causing the cold weather via a wobbly jet-stream. “Children wont know what snow is.”, “Winters will get warmer and wetter”, echoes down the years.
    As the solar heat of the past decades fades away (mostly out of the oceans) the climate will cool during this solar minimum (see and many others).
    Then winter 2020 will come…
    If the astronomers are to be believed then 2020, with forecasts of the decline in solar output probably continuing, it is very likely to be 1960-1970s type weather with very cold NH winters.

    And 2020 is the UN’s date for all nations to be on board for the Paris Accord, very coincidental.

  3. September 16, 2018 4:34 pm

    OK…. it’s 10 years ago now but I do believe we should invoke 28gate on a regular basissince it’s obvious (I think) that this particular leopard has not changed its spots.

    The BBC has merely become more cautious about its ideological rectitude documentation.

    Harrabin’s composition style is fairly distinctive and he passes uncredited in many pieces. I even doubt that Heap’s crew put together that piece without some messaging with the BBC’s environment analyst.

    Carefully crafted agitprop on a stick – there isn’t and likely will not be any effort to engage in debate or even acknowledge observed contradictory information relating to the Green catechism.

    • Gerry, England permalink
      September 17, 2018 1:57 pm

      Don’t forget that they also spent over £200k of licence payers’ cash to stop us from finding out about 28gate.

  4. bobn permalink
    September 16, 2018 5:06 pm

    BBC (pravda) must be split it up and sold off. Privatise the commie ediface and scrap the bbc tax! It is incapable of reform so sell it off.

  5. September 16, 2018 5:07 pm

    Quite how the BBC can get on its moral high horse about the “facts” of climate change but then allow Country File to repeat what are proven lies about fracking is beyond me. Why are they not issuing guidelines about something proven to be safe rather than allowing wild alarmist claims? Just hypocrisy all round.

  6. bobn permalink
    September 16, 2018 5:08 pm

    In case you had doubts, here’s the plan:
    Using GloBull Warming as the excuse to eliminate Capitalism:

    “This is the first time in the history of mankind that we are setting ourselves the task of intentionally, within a defined period of time, to change the economic development model that has been reigning for at least 150 years, since the Industrial Revolution.”
    – Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, At a news conference 02/10/2015, in Brussels

    “But one must say clearly that we redistribute de facto the world’s wealth by climate policy…One has to free oneself from the illusion that international climate policy is environmental policy any more.”
    —Ottmar Edenhofer, Co-chair of IPCC WG III, New American, Nov. 19, 2010

    • Derek Buxton permalink
      September 16, 2018 10:05 pm

      Yes Sir, I can also remember her saying just that, it was to destroy Capitalism. It is therefore a global fraud for which someone should be prosecuted.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        September 17, 2018 10:00 am

        “Treason doth never prosper? What’s the Reason?
        for if it prosper none dare call it treason.”
        Pastor John A Stormer.

    • September 17, 2018 12:02 pm

      Our Christiana Figueres Olson is Costa Rican. She is a member of that country’s National Liberation Party. Need we say more? She is very wealthy and as such does not want anyone else to jump in her chili. Apparently one of those who thinks the pie doesn’t get larger and wants to make certain no one gets the giant portion reserved for herself.

      Here is a little gem I pulled of Wikipedia with a lot to digest:

      “She then went to the London School of Economics for a master’s degree in social anthropology and graduated in 1981. She met there and later married German-born Konrad von Ritter (former head of the World Bank’s sustainable development unit). Her husband Konrad von Ritter founded a small (up to 50 employers) company WEnergy Global Pte Ltd in Singapore which is also working in green energy and ecology sector. He wrote several papers about ecology problems for the World Bank during 2003-2004. He has been working as a Sector Manager of Environmentally & Socially Sustainable Development department in World Bank Institute in 2006. The couple have two daughters with Arabic names: Naima (March 1988) and Yihana (December 1989)”

  7. Richard Bell permalink
    September 16, 2018 5:12 pm

    The same thing is happening in he USA with the coverage of political news …… So fed up with the BBC coming down so obviously with the democrats and bashing Trump with all they have got …….. LOST all confidence in there coverage ……. Such a shame !!!

    • September 16, 2018 5:21 pm

      One way you can tell that the BBC is producing biased information is when they use the word “controversial”. Anything (such as fracking) or any person (such as anyone associated with Donald Trump) that the BBC does not like is labelled “controversial”.

  8. Rowland P permalink
    September 16, 2018 7:08 pm

    Quite revealing isn’t it, how the media are hyping up the present hurricane in America, the typhoon hitting Hong Kong and any other storm which may be causing serious damage in various parts of the world. All to reinforce the fraudulent notion that these are all due to “climate change” caused by us! It is shear unadulterated brainwashing of the masses.

    • September 17, 2018 2:05 pm

      The BBC TV coverage of Florence was comical, what used to be a 20-second report is now a 3-day jamboree, with reporters on the look out for people to say something like “there is something happening in the atmosphere”.

      Much of the doom-laden commentary was simply statements about ALL storms regardless of severity, such as “driving conditions are getting worse”, a property of all transient phenomena before the peak is reached.

      Words such as “epic” and “catastrophic” were bandied about as if they had scientific meaning, whereas in fact they had been used by local officials just to get people to make preparations.

  9. Joe Public permalink
    September 16, 2018 7:23 pm

    Translation: “The BBC has issued formal new guidelines on how it covers “climate change”. Its editorial staff are invited to apply for a training course on how to ensure ….” …..their careers don’t stall.

  10. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 16, 2018 9:09 pm

    Country file.

    Anti-fossil fuel.
    Anti-traditional countryside pursuits.
    Anti-too many white people using the countryside – not enough diversity.

    All things covered ‘one-sided’ in articles over the last few years to my recollection.

    Time for a name change? “The countryside lefty activist guidebook” perhaps?

    • Ben Vorlich permalink
      September 17, 2018 9:24 am

      Yes it’s AntiCountryFile I no longer watch it.

      • Harry Passfield permalink
        September 17, 2018 10:03 am

        ‘Blue Peter’ – signifies leaving port; ‘Green Peter’ – signifies going to port (left!).

    • Jack Broughton permalink
      September 17, 2018 10:43 am

      It never ceases to amuse me how the “Greenies” are portrayed here as “lefties”. The “Greenies” that I have seen, especially those on the BBC, are invariably comfortably off, middle-class luvvies. The real socialists (i.e. lefties) are more concerned about the increasing unfairness in our society than debating the unprovable. Climate change obsession is the lot of the comfortably-off who have little better to worry about and invariably are sold on the “proven science” mantra..

      No one has produced any evidence of AGW that stands-up to serious examination to my knowledge. Certainly none have got past Paul Homewood’s analyses.

      • Derek Buxton permalink
        September 17, 2018 11:16 am

        But the middle class can afford it, the extortionate energy prices do not affect them, and who of them thinks of the poor and vulnerable! Naturally, Mrs May is of that persuasion.

  11. Bidefordcamel permalink
    September 16, 2018 10:35 pm

    I watched that heap of misinformation this morning. Naturally, as Heap strolled through a field of solar panels, there was no mention of their crippling inefficiency or huge subsidy. When Heap dared to offer the counter argument that fracking will at least ensure a UK supply of gas rather than relying on Putin’s, the renewables spokesman claimed it wasn’t ours and belonged to Caudrilla and the world market. I doubt Putin shares that view about Russian gas. So much one sided garbage from the Beeb, you could power a biomass plant.

  12. Derek Colman permalink
    September 17, 2018 1:03 am

    During the several weeks of this summer’s heat wave in the UK, our thousands of wind turbines produced very little power at all. Capable of 20% of our power, day after day they gave low figures in the range of 3% to 5%. Luckily gas came to the rescue, and we got a bit more solar than normal in the daylight hours.

  13. Athelstan permalink
    September 17, 2018 8:57 am

    Its editorial staff are invited to apply for a training course on how to ensure that any reporting on issues related to climate or energy policy should represent BBC groupthink, with only the most minimal airtime being given to any “deniers” (their word) who dissent from it (and then only if anything they say is immediately challenged).

    When the promulgators of the great scam are running away from any discussion, sticking their fingers in their ears like petulant young children – we know that all realists MUST be onto something.
    If you need to big up a Hurricane constantly, grindingly exaggerate, pleading ‘we are right – honest……………….have faith in fake news!’.

    The bbc et al, you’ve utterly lost, not only the debate but you’ve gone off the reservation, all the UK MSM does is toe the line – mass immigration – good, welfare state – good, diversity – good, green agenda – enforced – good, It all went totally mental on June 24th 2016 – didn’t you notice, when the EU properly took hold of ‘our’ – the reins.

  14. Gerry, England permalink
    September 17, 2018 2:00 pm

    Good stuff from Booker as ever despite his being sent to Coventry by the DT rulers. There is a lot some on here could learn from the rest of his piece yesterday.

  15. MrGrimNasty permalink
    September 19, 2018 8:51 pm

    More pointless environmentalist agitation.

    Believed oldest working oil pump in UK, released 284T of methane in 2017.

    By the figures I can find (and assuming my maths is right!) 284T is about 0.0001% of natural methane emissions, and 0.00005% of total emissions.

    I’m sure there are more suitable targets for their outrage, those evil planet wrecking ponds and marshes for example!

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