Monday, 10 January 2011

Neutrality out the window on Palin

I have previously mentioned on facebook back in November that the BBC is biased when it comes to the Tea Party. Small Government advocates clearly isn't quite their cup of tea (isn't that a shocker?). I should be clear, I do not support Palin by any means (I'm an atheist for one thing, and she, like Glenn Beck are Conservatives, not Libertarians). I do however, support the general thrust of the Tea Party movement - a group that fundamentally want lower taxes and and much lower government spending coupled with being American constitutionalists, the idea appeals to me, even if many within it don't fit in with that image at all (and usually drawing the criticism).

Back in November, you might remember a program called 'Tea Party America', with Andrew Neil around 10 minutes into the program, Neil off-handedly dismisses the entire Tea Party movement for using the word 'tyranny' (if Neil had any idea about the history of the Constitution, then maybe he wouldn't have picked up on this). From  this point onwards, Neil continually made references to the party being racist, driving one Tea Party organiser to tears. I find it hard to label the whole party as racist, given the number of candidates from ethnic minorities such as Allen West or, to the great surprise of the BBC-Guardian circle, Nikki Haley's election. So, not only do the BBC not do their research, but they are far too prepared to dismiss the movement. This should be a major concern for everyone who pays for the BBC. This is clear bias, even if you think the Tea Party are made up of 'nutters' (as one of my lefty friends called them, before repeatedly insulting my political position, as you do). To dismiss them without thought is not something that should be accepted at all. But apparently you only have to be neutral when reporting on the left. You can lay into the right or libertarians all you want. Ad hominem attacks on the right are fine, omissions of information are fine (like the curious omission of noting that Chayter was a Labourite when he was off to prison). Double standards again, and without question.

So why am I blogging this now? Well, the Tea Party are back in the news again, with the BBC blaming them - without the slightest bit of evidence or a second thought - for the attacks in Arizona. "It's Palin's fault!" they cry. First, what of the target thing? Well, pretty much every party has target seats, so using a target for them seems reasonable, and political parties regularly do this. If it had been Giffords in the sights, maybe you could claim otherwise, but the targets were the seats. How stupid/arrogant/unashamedly biased do you have to be to not notice this?

Ultimately, whatever happened, it was done by one person, presumably making his own decisions, to attack others. Unless he had been in the pay of Palin, you cannot blame Palin for this. Unless of course, you are actively looking to blame Palin, in which case... oh.

I did watch one of the guy's youtube videos yesterday. It was mostly about grammer and rather incoherent. Judging from what can be ascertained as yet, he was a lefty with some rather serious personal issues (aside from being a lefty, that is). But I will not jump to conclusions here - I didn't ever meet the guy. It would be overly presumptuous to suggest any motive as yet. Nobody knows yet, but it does appear to be an issue running from around '07 (when he had previously met Giffords) i.e. long before the Tea Party were around to persuade him.

The media (whatever their slant) should stop blaming Palin and the Tea Party for something that, as yet, has no link to them whatsoever. I would contend that the BBC's position is immoral. They are deliberately suggesting a connection to something they don't like - an anti-government position. Because anti-statist means their budgets getting cut and them being moved down to the position of say, a normal market competitor, rather than a monopolist.

As a final thought, the BBC do give me a lot of ammunition to work with. I wonder, will the Guardianistas ever concede that they are not, in fact, neutral?

N.B. BBC cosy with the left as usual, I see. I don't think I'll be watching the train thing if it comes out. Strictly comes Politics does worry me though. Does the almost-leader of Labour really think that politics is just a game to be played out on TV screens? I didn't really think he was that uncaring about the lives of people in this country.

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