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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Bias in the media/BBC

This old canard pops its head up every week. Earlier today whilst pro-actively performing some work-avoidance I came across this article from March. I think it is generally very interesting and hits some of the marks head on. Generally an honest analysis of bias in the BBC in the ongoing 'bash-the-lefty-BBC' battle (my opinion there). To summarise: yes there is bias, no it is not institutionalised, yes they try to combat it as much as possible.

Do we sometimes get overstep the mark? Undoubtedly.

Do some reporters approach stories with particularly defined values or prejudices? Almost certainly.

But is the bulk of BBC output motivated by a desire to campaign and persuade? No, most certainly not.

Evan Davis, BBC Economics Editor


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