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Started by TinyMcOtter on Apr 12, 2018 1:49:38 PM
If the BBC is politically neutral, how does it explain Andrew Neil?

He symbolises the rightwing domination of our media. Yet a politics presenter as aligned to the left would not be tolerated

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/apr
/11/bbc-andrew-neil-media-politics

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TinyMcOtter - 12 Apr 2018 13:52:08 (#1 of 165)

"As editor of the Sunday Times in 1992, he hired Britain’s foremost Holocaust denier, Nazi apologist David Irving, to work on the Goebbels diaries. To hire a sympathiser of Hitler and denier of the worst atrocity in history to do respectable work for a national newspaper – to offer a reputational lifeline to a man who should have been treated as a pariah – was a disgrace for which he has never apologised."

"Not long after becoming a high-profile BBC presenter, Neil made a speech in homage to rightwing radical Friedrich Hayek,…"

"During last year’s general election, he presented the Daily Politics wearing a tie emblazoned with the logo of the hardcore neoliberal Adam Smith Institute. His editor was Robbie Gibb, a former adviser to Michael Portillo – another longstanding colleague of Neil on This Week. Last year Gibb became Theresa May’s head of communications."

TinyMcOtter - 12 Apr 2018 13:53:18 (#2 of 165)

"Many on the left fear that any critique of Auntie will play into the hands of a right wing that would privatise and gut the BBC if it could. This deference means that BBC political output remains framed by rightwing assumptions. The Media Reform Coalition has suggested a series of proposals, such as freeing the BBC from all government interference and a BBC board elected by licence-payers and BBC staff. At the very least, as the case of Neil underlines, the left – which, after all, represents millions of Britons – must stop accepting its continued media marginalisation as just one of those things. It isn’t – and it must change."

Brunothecat - 12 Apr 2018 13:54:57 (#3 of 165)

Loads of people will claim Neil is so good at his job his political tribalism is irrelevant. But even if that was so, Jones is correct in his first paragraph. there is and never has been a left wing counterpart given the same prominence and huge exposure.

TinyMcOtter - 12 Apr 2018 13:58:11 (#4 of 165)

Neil does occasionally have a go at politicians from all sides, he does love his power. But he only does complete take-downs and attempts at humiliation on left wingers. But he's only the most obvious example, the BBC has been increasingly servile since the Conservative government started threatening its income.

FrankieTeardrop - 12 Apr 2018 13:58:23 (#5 of 165)

Gissa job... I could do that. Says Owen.

TinyMcOtter - 12 Apr 2018 13:59:16 (#6 of 165)

Owen is far too jumpy and irritating.

roguestate - 12 Apr 2018 13:59:42 (#7 of 165)

He wouldn't be wrong either.

bevernbridge - 12 Apr 2018 14:09:30 (#8 of 165)

BBC local radio actually used the phrase 'suspected chemical attack' in reporting Syria this morning.

I suspect the world is coming to an end ...

rgtstoppedcounting - 12 Apr 2018 14:10:58 (#9 of 165)

Neil is a journalist, Little Owen is a polemicist who periodically makes an idiot of himself - Russian Hat Gate being a recent example.

And a poorly informed one. Hayek was a classical liberal, not a 'right wing radical'. And 'hardcore neoliberal' is meaningless waffle. etc.

SunkenTreasures - 12 Apr 2018 14:11:05 (#10 of 165)

The way that BBC hosts and anchors shit themselves in mortal fear whenever Brexit is brought into a conversation is quite something to behold. Total contrast with Sky.

Yammoto - 12 Apr 2018 14:12:20 (#11 of 165)

In what way? I've switched the Beeb off this last year.

ChankNolen - 12 Apr 2018 14:16:15 (#12 of 165)

Quality cutting and pasting.

TRaney - 12 Apr 2018 14:21:46 (#13 of 165)

Jones would be hard pushed to identify bias in Neil's BBC work.

Whether being a BBC employee gives a cache to his remarks elsewhere is possible.

Brunothecat - 12 Apr 2018 14:24:38 (#14 of 165)

Have the BBC fully explored the links between Cambridge Analytica and the Tory Party? And fully explained exactly what they were involved in, in terms of election rigging, use of blackmail and honey traps, and the violence stirred up in some of the elections they have been involved in?

FrankieTeardrop - 12 Apr 2018 14:46:29 (#15 of 165)

"Owen is far too jumpy and irritating."

Weird, isn't it? He manages to make reasonable positions sound quite annoying. All without a tone of voice.

popstar7 - 12 Apr 2018 14:52:15 (#16 of 165)

I've only ever seen/heard him in that clip where he's late for a meeting with Alastair Campbell and he was such a twat I thought it was put on. Rik from the Young Ones brought back to life.

invicta - 12 Apr 2018 15:03:37 (#17 of 165)

Owen should go and ask Paul Mason what he thinks.

TRaney - 12 Apr 2018 15:04:19 (#18 of 165)

Weird, isn't it? He manages to make reasonable positions sound quite annoying. All without a tone of voice.

Haha, yes. It’s really a subrational thing that probably says more about us than a 1000 posts.

machiavelli - 12 Apr 2018 15:08:34 (#19 of 165)

Are we talking of Owen Jones? He does have that unfortunate punchable student look and manner.

FrankieTeardrop - 12 Apr 2018 15:14:21 (#20 of 165)

He looks fine to me; rather like my cousin's husband, a fellow Sheffieldian. Perhaps there is a Sheffield look.

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