Meet the Propagandists

As some of you have already pointed out in the comments, the BBC is broadcasting another documentary about climate sceptics on Monday. This film (once again made by a true believer and funded by the licence fee) will be broadcast under the banner of BBC 4’s Storyville. I’ve found a promo, presumably for its theatrical release (a couple of right-on documentary film festivals and a green conference would be my guess). Try not to laugh during the opening narration:

“This is a story about the world of climate scepticism and my journey as I put aside my environmental beliefs, rid myself of any bias, and try to really understand why some people think that our carbon dioxide emissions are not a problem.”

It looks like a cross between Michael Moore’s style of carefully spliced hit-piece propaganda (complete with gun-toting rednecks) and some sub-Louis Theroux faux empathy (“Was I becoming one of them?” Oh come on now, you’re not kidding anybody with that bullshit.)

Can you imagine the BBC funding a film by a climate sceptic in which the likes of George Monbiot and various BBC environment journalists are challenged about all the contradictory nonsense they’ve produced over the years?

If “Meet the Climate Sceptics” is as tendentious as last week’s Horizon effort on the same subject (and the evidence of this promo suggests it could be) it may be fair to assume that our state broadcaster has now decided that its role is not merely to uphold climate alarmist orthodoxy but to use whatever means possible to attack those who dare oppose “the consensus”.

I’m sure I’m not alone in finding that somewhat sinister.

(Then again, perhaps film-maker Rupert Murray really does end up on the sceptical side. I’m willing to bet 500,000 Czech carbon allowances that’s not the case, though.)

UPDATE 9pm. Interesting, isn’t it, that film-makers like Ann McIlhenny and Phelim McAleer never get Storyville editor Nick Fraser’s seal of approval (and therefore BBC cash)?

UPDATE 9.20pm. BBC4 Storyville editor Nick Fraser writes in today’s Observer:

No single organisation in Britain outside the BBC can set out to challenge the drift of culture, and appear to do so successfully. The Sundance Institute survives by means of donations from sponsors and donors such as the Ford Foundation and George Soros’s Open Institute, with a budget of $25m a year. Within the next 10 years it aims to extend its reach globally. Isn’t it time for our own Sundance?

I guess we won’t be seeing an expanded version of this film on the BBC, then:

Quite apart from offering an unwelcome challenge – in BBC terms – to “the drift of culture” it would upset Mr Redford, and that would never do if Nick Fraser wants to continue visiting Park City, Utah, every year.

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21 Responses to Meet the Propagandists

  1. Woodsy42 says:

    “state broadcaster has now decided that its role is not merely to uphold climate alarmist orthodoxy”

    Or more likely been told it must uphold it?


  2. hippiepooter says:

    This is the BBC’s idea of giving proportionate airtime to GW sceptics – giving camera teams to global warmists to ‘present’ their opponents’ views.  
    I’m sure the reason the BBC doesn’t instead give a camera crew to a leading GW sceptic to present GW sceptic views has absolutely nothing to do with the way the evidence stacks up against global warming.


  3. hippiepooter says:

    I wonder what next from the BBC?  Will Helen Boaden be given a camera crew to film the curious – nay freakish – world of BBC impartiality sceptics?


  4. Roland Deschain says:

    Frankly, it needs someone with a lot of money to fund a legal case against the BBC before anything will be done.  That ain’t me, I’m afraid.


    • hippiepooter says:

      Its perfectly feasible that Her Majesty’s Government holds a public inquiry into allegations of political bias at the BBC.

      It would take a widescale campaign of civil disobedience of non-payment of the license fee to give it the gonads to do it though.  In the meantime, I think a national petition would be a good idea, instigated by a public letter signed by various noteworthies and published in national papers.

      Would take a lot of getting together, but a good prospect of results if someone has the nous and the time.


  5. hippiepooter says:

    The excellent Christopher Booker telling it like no other.


  6. Craig says:

    Rupert Murray made The End of the Line, a documentary that concluded “that if fishing at the current rate continues, the world’s oceans could be without fish in the next 50 years.” It was made with the support of Greenpeace, among others. It made his name. He was inspired to make it by Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth. Doesn’t look good for Lord Monckton.


  7. Grant says:

    I thought the photo was Gordon Ramsay for a moment.


  8. Cassandra King says:

    The BBC aim has always been to present sceptics as the bearded lady in the freak show. Come see the freak ladeees an gennelmen, for tuppence you can poke the her with a stick.

    Present the views and positions of sceptics? Now who would think that allowing those fanatics who wish to see deniers in re education camps or on trial in the courts would actually give them a fair and balanced review?

    The BBC will never and could never allow a sceptic to produce a BBC film investigating the alamist CAGW cult, it just aint gonna happen because it would destroy the CAGW fraud in just one evening, can you imagine that? Just one one hour programme and the CAGW fraud would be as dead as whacko.

    No no, too many skeletons in their closet, too many lies and false reports and failed predictions and deceptions for the BBC to allow the facts to be told. The story of cunning lies and cynical deceptions and grubby fraud and ghastly propaganda will have to leak out slowly.


  9. 1327 says:

    What with this and last weeks Horizon we seem to be smack back in the middle of a fight back by the warmists led of course by the big battalions of the BBC. 

    As usual its all about personalities and not about issues/science. No one seems to be mentioning what I thought were the lessons of Climategate i.e open data so others can replicate results. Instead the operating procedure appears to be to hunt for “eccentric” looking sceptics (and if they aren’t make them look that way) and to take them on with overwhelming force. Its straight out of the J.Goebels playbook.

    I do wish AGW sceptics would ignore these programs and not appear on them. Do they really think the Beeb is going to honest ? Far better to tell the MSN to shove it and carry on as they are with blogs and newspaper articles.


    • matthew rowe says:

      I have to say the more sceptics try to be civil and rely on the science to win the debate  the nastier and aggressive the greenish get! the personal attacks on Mr Dellingpole and anyone they can get at, the astro turfing on  sceptical blogs shows their not in for reason or truth they are fanatical and wounded !
      Sadly it will get worse with people like Cox and Nurse being given all the time they want to produce their waffling polemics by the 39% M.S.N controlling  BBC I feel it may be impossible for sceptical minds to get any fair treatment !


  10. JRSIHG says:

    Robert Murray reveals his real motivations, in an Economist interview last year:-


    The film’s website provides links to campaigning organisations such as Greenpeace and the Monterey Bay Aquarium in California. “We plan to go from city to city with our campaign,” says Mr Murray. “A massive outreach was part of our intention with this film from the start.”</blockquote>

    He’s not just a film maker, he’s an enviromental activist and his pretence at being even handed is a lie and a fraud on the viewers.


  11. Sres says:

    So global sceptics are gun toting, oil guzzling southern red necks…

    bBC really did trawl the nutter archive for this one.

    What a joke…


  12. Natsman says:

    Horizon spectacularly backfired on them, and I’ve no doubt that this effort will, too, once it’s been deconstructed and exposed for the sham that it is.  They’re really pulling out all the stops in their barrel-scraping, face-saving efforts now, aren’t they?  Bit late, I’m afraid, as they lost most of us a long time ago


  13. Demon1001 says:

    I think they prove that they don’t actually really believe their own arguments.  If they did they wouldn’t keep having all these world summits in exotic locations on such a regular basis, burning thousands of tons of carbon fuels getting people to fly in from all over the world, and then doing again a few months later in another idyllic spot.

    SRSIHG above quotes ‘“We plan to go from city to city with our campaign,” says Mr Murray.’  More precious fuel burning and more unnecessary contributions to greenhouse gases (according to their own arguments).   As I said, if they really believed it they wouldn’t pointlessly burn up so much energy creating CO2.


  14. David Jones says:

    James Delingpole warns is what is coming.

    If they are concentrating on Monkton, they had better be careful. He is an awesome opponent who is not above litigation.


    • Roland Deschain says:

      You beat me to it!  They really are a bunch of loathsome sh*ts.


    • ltwf1964 says:

      according to the Daily mail tv pages,Lord Monkton is the big target,and he is followed all over the country

      oh goody

      i do hope he finds grounds for massive legal action against the lying scumbags


    • David Jones says:

      Cripes, he’s been to court already, trying to stop the broadcast (unsuccessfully).


  15. David Preiser (USA) says:

    The Beeboids always deny they have an agenda for social engineering, yet they admit it openly anyway from time to time, as if it’s a source of pride that they can do it.