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Roger Harrabin breaks BBC impartiality rules

December 8, 2019

By Paul Homewood



Harrabin is called out for breaking BBC impartiality rules:


On Friday night Nick Robinson hosted the Johnson v Corbyn debate with scrupulous impartiality, ensuring that each candidate had the same amount of time to speak, in accordance with BBC guidelines.

But notorious BBC climate propagandist Roger Harrabin seems to think the rules don’t apply to him. In this incoherent tweet (despite apparently having a degree in English, Harrabin has remarkably poor communication skills) he promotes a “FoE green scorechart”. It’s not clear what this scorechart is, nor is it clear who “you” refers to. But please do take him up on his offer of getting in touch via twitter or email



Full story here.

  1. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 8, 2019 10:55 am

    Harrabin has been breaking impartiality rules throughout the campaign. Evidently he thinks they don’t apply to him, or that he has found a way around them. That the Greens have been squeezed as well as down rated by FoE is surely a poetic justice that even a third class degree allows him to understand.

  2. December 8, 2019 11:02 am

    Yes, well we all remember that Cardinal Harrabin was behind the 28-Gate scandal. He has never been impartial. He is a full-on propagandist for the climate change scam.

    • johnbillscott permalink
      December 8, 2019 3:56 pm

      This is proof that needs to be formally pursued with ofcom.

  3. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 8, 2019 11:14 am

    GreenPeas did a similar ranking. They might just as well be honest and rank the parties according to whom they would prefer to see in power! Eco-fruits prefer extreme lefties! What a revelation.

  4. December 8, 2019 11:45 am

    This was mentioned on last night’s Radio 2 news, I normally switch off when Harrabin’s name is mentioned so only caught the gist of it, however it looks like the BBC were complicit in publicising his drivel.

  5. December 8, 2019 11:47 am

    Sorry, forgot to add there was no counter-claim.

  6. December 8, 2019 12:07 pm

    Perhaps he wrote it after some hours in the local pub.

  7. Ian Wilson permalink
    December 8, 2019 12:28 pm

    i heard FOE and a Green Party spokeswoman interviewed on Radio 4, needless to say with no-one to offer balance.

    Off topic, the Somerset earthquake was many times stronger than the tremors which caused Andrea Leadsom and Boris Johnson to cave in to the Green Mafia over fracking,.yet caused negligible damage. Has anyone done the sums on how much more powerful it was?

    • Andy permalink
      December 8, 2019 1:11 pm

      The Somerset earthquake was centred on Bridgwater. Apparently it caused several thousands of pounds worth of improvements!

    • In the Real World permalink
      December 8, 2019 6:48 pm

      The Richter scale is a logarithmic calculation , with each full number being ten times greater .
      I did a calc for the Lancs fracking “Quake ” , which was 2.3, compared to the biggest natural “Quake ” last year which was 4.6 & still did almost no damage .
      That 4.6 is 2900 times greater than the 2.3

    • In the Real World permalink
      December 8, 2019 7:24 pm

      Just rechecked my figures , I did originally do them late at night , & 4.6 is only 200 times greater than 2.3.

  8. December 8, 2019 3:06 pm

    On a slightly different topic I saw this on the GWPF site…

    “A primary school headteacher has been branded a “grinch” after banning pupils from sending Christmas cards.

    Jonathan Mason, head of Belton Lane Primary School in Grantham, Lincolnshire, said the tradition was bad for the environment.”

    Please send a Christmas card for the poor children as they have to put up with another mad eco freak.

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    December 8, 2019 5:17 pm

    I thought this was worth a mention given all the hype over Australian weather recently. Someone on Heller’s site mentioned the poem My Country written in the very early 20th C. by Dorothea Mackellar. It contains some lines showing (as any sane objective person would realise) nothing much has changed climate wise in a hundred years:-

    I love a sunburnt country
    Of droughts and flooding rains
    Her beauty and her terror
    We see the cattle die
    For flood and fire and famine

  10. December 8, 2019 5:47 pm

    A left wing activist dressed up as a journalist . These type of profiteers are Always living of public-money and keep the beneficial scam going draining our society of resources that could have been spent on the most in need within our society . It is very regrettable that nearly the rest of the msm is infested with these phony characters abnd profiteers . Climate scare has degenerated into a racket of leftist bloodsucking .

  11. Andrew Fairfoull permalink
    December 8, 2019 6:11 pm

    I emailed Harribin, and emailed Paul Homewood’s blog discussing Harrabin.
    His response was firstly that, essentially he was not interested in one individual with a bee in his bonnet, and secondly that the majority of scientists ( I.e the IPPC and governments) agree with his analysis. Finally he described me as a denier and a libertarian, and said as a result of my support for Pail Homewood I should worry about my grandchildren’s future.
    He avoided Paul’s blog completely, and did not even begin to answer the views that Paul expressed so cogently.
    This is an example of an individual who has been completely brainwashed by Climate change propaganda and is incapable of individual intellectual thought. The intellectual war of the future will be and is now, colllectivism vs individualism. For me individualism will always triumph. I am absolutely not convinced by climate change propaganda, it’s another form of socialism.

    • Phoenix44 permalink
      December 9, 2019 8:40 am

      He’s conflating science and politics. Let’s say the science is absolutely correct – now what?
      What we do with the information provided by science is political. We can do nothing and adapt, take every step to avoid changes, something in-between.

      Science is not political choices, and either the BBC/Harrabin do not understand that,or they deliberately ignore it.

    • Richard Hill permalink
      December 11, 2019 5:25 pm

      Andrew Fairfoull. I too emailed Mr Harrabin. Quite surprised to get a reply, but then he did suggest people get in touch. A few largely civilised to-and-fro Q&As later he declared he didn’t have time for individual conversations, perhaps we were not the only ones?

  12. Ian Wilson permalink
    December 9, 2019 8:41 am

    Thank you Andy and In The Real World for the tremor calculations. I’m afraid my maths is too rusty after 60 years to handle logarithmic scales.

  13. Phoenix44 permalink
    December 9, 2019 8:42 am

    Presenting subjective pokitically-based views as some kind of objective, independent xcore-card is absurd and utterly biased.

    Why show FoE views but not those if the Adam Smith Institute? Politics, not science. The BBC no longer cares about the difference.

  14. December 9, 2019 9:51 am

    At the BBC impartiality is defined as accepting whatever the IPPC claims, as being factual and true.

  15. It doesn't add up... permalink
    December 9, 2019 11:56 pm

    Harrabin managing to get up some noses it seems. Why don’t we agree instead that as an insufferable prig journalist running the dominant propaganda outfit in the country, he has no right to tell the rest of us what to eat or how it should be produced?

  16. JamesG permalink
    December 10, 2019 1:59 pm

    As the FoEs well-stated goal is economic growth reduction (emissions being just a symptom of overconsumption) the scorecard must therefore reflect their views on who is most likely to achieve that goal. In reality the Tories are as bad as the rest since the ripple of Brexit or even the freak wave of Marxism is nothing compared to the Tsunami of self-induced fuel shortages.

    Voters should be allowed to decide just how much prosperity they want to sacrifice in order to ease middle-class angst.

    • It doesn't add up... permalink
      December 10, 2019 4:22 pm

      Well quite, but that’s not how Harrabin and his acolytes see it.

      They think they have carte blanche to ruin everybody’s lives.

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