The BBC has begun an online series of articles called Campaign Ad Breakdown in which wise Beeboid opinion will be brought to bear upon the campaign ads of candidates for the US presidency in 2012.

The first such report comes from Daniel Nasaw who, as we’ve pointed out before, used to be US correspondent for the Guardian. In November 2009, shortly before joining the BBC, he wrote the following about Sarah Palin:

Let’s focus our attention not on her legs but on her far-right political ideology, her baseless attacks on Obama, her attacks on women’s reproductive rights and her effort to purge moderates from the Republican party.

Not a fan of the American Right, I think it’s fair to say. And, it could be argued, not the first choice of journalist to be reviewing Rick Perry’s political ads with any measure of impartiality. For example, check out the section in bold here from Nasaw’s opening Campaign Ad article:

With the crumbling economy firmly linked in the viewer’s mind to Mr Obama’s actions – rather than the mortgage lending collapse of 2007-2008, debt crises in Europe, budget cuts in the US that have drained money from the economy, or political dysfunction in Washington – the frame fades to a calming black.

The highlighted segment is nothing less than Nasaw’s own political opinion. Remove it and one sees a straightforward description of that particular scene in the ad. Its inclusion turns the sentence into just the sort of Obama-defending propaganda Nasaw advocated in his Guardian piece in 2009. The difference now, of course, is that he has a BBC platform for his opinion/journalism.

Openly partisan journalists such as Nasaw should have the balls to work for similarly partisan news organisations. On that score at least he can’t be criticised.

Bookmark the permalink.


  1. john in cheshire says:

    How can I tell mr nasaw to eff off without creating a twitter account? I feel physically sick reading this perpetual crap from socialists.


  2. London Calling says:

    Being left wing is a prior requirement to enter BBC News doors. Every one sitting on your interview panel, commissioning or editorial board will be left wing and know everyone else in the organisation is too.  There is a recognition of the need for balance only between those only fairly left wing, and those extremely left wing.

    There has to be some kind of therapy for this, like taking a brick to the television screen. Preferably when QT is on.


    • john in cheshire says:

      Don’t damage your assets, damage theirs. defenestration used to be a good solution. Not sure, can we use it today?


  3. David Preiser (USA) says:

    WTF is this?

    I vote we temporarliy rename (okay, at least re-subtitle) this blog “BBC Bias Breakdown” until Nov. 2012.

    Jesus H., yet another most important election in human history to freak out the Beeboids.  All at your expense.


  4. David Preiser (USA) says:

    Okay, now that I’ve actually thought about the article for a minute, let me laugh out loud again.  You Beeboids are so pathetic that now you’re wasting time dissecting campaign ads.  This is news?  This is value for money?  Save it for the Obamessiah campaign war room, please.

    What a bunch of maroons.


  5. My Site (click to edit) says:

    BBC Campaign Ad Breakdown’
    Have to say, considering the obsession and derangement the BBC and its munchkins is maifesting more and more, as psychological commentary I initially read that a lot differently.