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BBC To Combat Fake News!! Start With Harrabin Then!!

July 23, 2020

By Paul Homewood



Is it April 1st already?


The past few months have proved just how priceless are the values of traditional journalism in the ‘fake news’ age. Two forces in particular have brought this home in no uncertain terms.

First, the massive “infodemic” of online misinformation that has grown up alongside the coronavirus crisis. The problem is so severe that, even if a safe and effective vaccine is found, global health leaders warn that the drowning out of reliable, authoritative guidance could dramatically hinder take up.

Second, the growing use of disinformation as a tool for democratic disruption. This week’s report into Russia’s activity in the UK has laid the stakes bare. For the state-backed actors of Russia and China, the provision of news is first and foremost an extension of state influence….


The comments section is hilarious, with most pointing out that the BBC is the biggest purveyor of fake news of all.

There was time when the Telegraph, as I recall, ran a weekly column on BBC bias. Now they give Tony Hall the chance to promote the BBC.

Both Tony Hall’s brazen defence and the Telegraph’s decision to promote it exemplify why public confidence in the media is now at rock bottom levels.

Only yesterday Guido ran with this latest poll:


What was most significant was the astonishing rise lack of trust from Tory voters, combined with the sharp fall from Lib Dems. This surely reflects the leftward shift of much of the press in recent times, notably the Telegraph, Times and Mail.

As we are all too often aware, this has been particularly noticeable on climate issues. With one or two exceptions, nowadays the press is happy to slavishly publish whatever junk it has been fed, preferring scary headlines to proper journalism.

Compounding that has been the failure to explain to the public the real cost and implications of Net Zero targets and the rest, instead preferring AEP’s fantasy economics and the like.

Partly, this is down to the babies who write so much of the coverage these days. But above all it is the editorial management which must take the blame for losing touch with the common sense views of most of the public, who seem to have a much better understanding of what is going on.

  1. Mad Mike permalink
    July 23, 2020 2:46 pm

    I’ve been flitting in and out of the story’s comment section and not one comment is anything but anti-BBC in one form or another, mainly directed to fake news of which most posters accuse the BBC. Is this complete condemnation a first I wonder. The self delusion of Tony Hall is jaw dropping. Pity he won’t read the comments though. Talk about a bubble.

    • Harry Davidson permalink
      July 23, 2020 3:18 pm

      When he finally deigns to notice, they will all be deleted.

      • Mad Mike permalink
        July 23, 2020 6:38 pm

        Won’t be any comments left then.

  2. Vernon E permalink
    July 23, 2020 2:54 pm

    Equally mis-leading are what the Beeb doesn’t report on. There are lies of omission as well as commission.

    • July 23, 2020 9:16 pm

      Vernon I have been “impressed” with the extent to which the BBC will go to “cancel” news which does not fit their marxist narrative and the way they will grandstand any piece of trivia which does. They are up to these games across a whole range of current and very tedious and pointless issues. My concern is that they are getting clearly worse and clearly more confident. Who is protecting them?

      • Gerry, England permalink
        July 24, 2020 3:32 pm

        Remember Cheriegate and the dodgy flats? The BBC and its favourite rag The Guardian were the last 2 media outlets to cover the story that was lead item and front page everywhere else.

  3. Phillip Bratby permalink
    July 23, 2020 3:14 pm

    “Is that true or did you hear it on the BBC?”

    • Harry Davidson permalink
      July 23, 2020 3:19 pm

      That started as a joke, now it is a frequent serious question.

  4. Thomas Carr permalink
    July 23, 2020 3:52 pm

    Lies and/or bluster = the PM for whom the episodes are listed on a daily basis . Somewhat disastrous when combined with the BBC’s lack of awareness and conceit. As you have read from me before the BBC’s news is seldom about what has happened but more often what may or will happen i.e. conjecture and speculation.
    However, with the assistance of Tony Hall and complacency in high places the wheel is turning and licence fee funding may soon be a thing of the past.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      July 23, 2020 7:23 pm

      My money (hah!!) is on the case that Hall is bought and paid for….question is, who paid?

  5. Keith permalink
    July 23, 2020 3:56 pm

    What is staggering is that the Government does absolutely nothing about it, except carp on about the charter is valid until 2027. Correct me if I’m wrong but surely the charter is in effect the BBC’s contract to operate. So they break their contract every day and nothing is done about it. It is just Government incompetence and inactivity that nothing is done about the BBC. But then that is not surprising as this Government of Boris’s is just becoming more and more useless every day.

  6. jack broughton permalink
    July 23, 2020 4:58 pm

    Trump got off to a good start with his denouncement of the US press. Sadly, the UK lacks anyone in power who kicks the party-line. The amount of actual “News” on any of the main outlets is pathetic and they all go for speculation and opinion (theirs) rather than any real investigation.

    The much-vaunted “Russian report” is a good example of fake-news: how could the Russians (or anyone for that matter) have influenced Brexit or the Scottish referendum, even the CIA failed!

  7. Ian Wilson permalink
    July 23, 2020 5:03 pm

    To be fair to the Daily Mail, today they have two-page coverage of Michael Shellenberger’s conversion to rational thinking on climate and environment.

  8. Harry Passfield permalink
    July 23, 2020 7:25 pm

    Oh how we miss you, Chris Booker.

  9. bobn permalink
    July 24, 2020 2:03 am

    So Tony Hall admits to being a liaison officer for MI5 (as well as little Mark). So the control really does go to the top. AND mi5 BBC says Putin is under boris’s bedsheets tonight so it must be true. BBC = what a joke.Does anyone actually watch BBC news anymore??????

  10. Phoenix44 permalink
    July 24, 2020 7:24 am

    What on Earth is “fair” news? Nees is what has happened – car crash kills small hamster. Is that “fair”? Who knows, everyone’s definition of fair is different. But its the news.

    But the BBC is one of the leading purveyors of fake news, in two key ways. First, it often allows one view (the view it wants to be true) to put forward its view unchallenged. Second, it fails to publish news that disagrees with its preferred view. So day after day we get Left-wing thinktanks on politics, poverty, the economy, Green “research”, Covid Alarmists and the rest. The opposing views are simply never given space or time.

  11. Teddy Lee permalink
    July 24, 2020 9:42 am

    Does Hall even realise it became worse under his watch.

  12. July 24, 2020 11:27 am

    And all those BBC videos with the shrill OMG OMG message that the ganges delta that is the country of bangladesh is going under due to anthropogenic global warming and that it will soon be gone. In a just world, somewhere down the line there would be some kind of judgement day for these liars.

  13. July 24, 2020 4:14 pm

    Here they [BBC] go again…

    The day the mercury soared
    24th July 2020

    It’s clear that a warming global climate is making high temperature records more likely to occur than cold ones and this looks set to continue. The Met Office announced new research in June suggesting that the likelihood of extremely hot days in the UK will increase during the rest of this century and the chances of the UK recording a temperature above 40C for the first time are becoming increasingly likely under a high greenhouse gas emissions scenario.

    If and when that day comes it will no doubt feature heavily in the news.

    And the BBC will be hyping the false attribution to humans if it does happen.

  14. July 26, 2020 10:33 am

    The peak show on the BBC is the local news at 6pm
    10 million or something which means 80% are not watching

    9pm is not peak time, 90% don’t watch
    Something like Newsnight will get 300K on a good day
    meaning that 99.5% of UK population are NOT watching.

  15. Gamecock permalink
    July 26, 2020 10:28 pm

    I thought Global Britain died in 1945.

    “I have not become the King’s First Minister in order to preside over the liquidation of the British Empire.” – Winston Churchill, 1942

    Unfortunately, he pretty much did.

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