By Stephen Pollard
September 5, 2010
Peter Hitchens has written the column I'd have loved to write today about the BBC DG's admission of bias, a remark in Edinburgh last week which seems to have gone almost unnoticed.
Here's the key part:
the Director-General himself, Mark Thompson, we have the admission
that, when he joined the Corporation 30 years ago, there was a ‘massive
bias to the Left’.
I love that ‘was’, as if all those
Eighties Leftists have stopped being what they were, and stopped hiring
people like themselves.
Also there’s the absurd claim that
the Corporation now has ‘an honourable tradition’ of journalists of the
Right working for it.
Really? Perhaps they are strong among the makers of children’s programmes in Gaelic.
BBC remains reliably pro-EU, pro-PC, anti-Israel, in favour of the
sexual revolution, soft on drugs, fanatical about man-made climate
change. It has partly cured itself of its crude anti-Americanism, and
Mr Thompson’s confession is plainly a sign of a wider recognition that
things have not been right, in both senses of the word.