His Master’s Voice


Nick Robinson…peddling pro-BBC, anti-the opposition propaganda….or is he?  Who is he kidding…himself?  But does he admit the BBC nearly won it for Corbyn?

The BBC always hated the so-called Right-Wing Press and attacks it relentlessly and at every opportunity never missing a chance to sneer at the Mail, The Sun or Murdoch but it has a new rival, one possibly more dangerous to the BBC dominance of ‘truth’…the Internet and all those upstart digital news-sites, special interest sites and of course bloggers…many of them experts in their own right…far more so than many a BBC journalist.

The BBC wants to position itself in the mind of the Public as that trusted and respected provider of news, as perhaps The Only One to really trust and it has been pumping out constant attacks on the Internet sites portraying them as unreliable, inaccurate, biased and untrustworthy providers of fake news.

This is of course laughable as the BBC hates these sites so much not because they bring us fake news but because they bring us the truth…the inconvenient truth that the BBC hides.  The vast majority are not malicious or intent on distorting the news agenda, they are there more often than not to counteract the lies and omissions of the mainstream media such as the BBC on a vast number of subjects from climate change, politics, economics and history to name a few.

Nick Robinson however wants to reassure you that in a world where nobody can be trusted you can trust the BBC…

Is ‘guerrilla war’ being waged on news broadcasters?

How should the BBC and other broadcasters respond to the changing media landscape including “guerilla” attacks on social media? In an inaugural lecture to mark the contribution of the late Steve Hewlett to journalism, his friend and colleague Nick Robinson discusses the issue. Steve Hewlett, a BBC Radio 4 presenter and former Panorama editor, died this year from cancer. This is an edited version of that lecture.

News is too important to be reduced to a three-letter word.

Yet that is a risk we now face as more and more people get their news from social media, with what they read and see determined for them by the all powerful algorithms that prioritise emotion – “OMG” or “LOL” – over facts and analysis.

That’s such condescending, self-serving tosh…..where are the studies, where is the proof, where is the analysis that shows that shallow, attention deficit, ignorant people really only get their news solely from Facebook or somesuch?  Most people I know get their news from a variety of providers and they are more than adequately informed about current affairs.  Do you think he is really talking  about the ‘Deplorables’…you know those uneducated, bigoted and prejudiced Whites who voted for Brexit and Trump because they were too stupid and uninformed to know the truth…the sort of people you suspect he thinks are too lazy and uninterested in the world to make the effort to find ‘real’ news preferring ‘fast’ news McDonald’s style…flashy, easy on the eye and superficially tasty but ultimately unnourishing, unsatifying with dangerous side effects.

To prove his point Robinson quotes..

To summarise, let me quote one of the bosses of one of those corporate giants who pose the greatest challenge to the old ways of doing things, Google News’s Richard Gingras, whom I met in Silicon Valley a few weeks ago.

Information v affirmation

“We came from an era of dominant news organisations, often perceived as oracles of fact,” he told me.

“We’ve moved to a marketplace where quality journalism competes on an equal footing with raucous opinion, passionate advocacy, and the masquerading expression of variously motivated bad actors.”

I read that last bit and had to laugh…it’s the perfect description of BBC ‘journalism’…indeed Robinson’s very article is a prime example of that….short on genuine fact and relying on emotive drivel that the BBC is the most trusted news source.  And hasn’t this always been the case…Tabloids versus the ‘quality’ Press?

However paradoxically he then claims actually the young love the BBC and get their news from it…

It’s worth noting that BBC News is still watched, listened to and read by a remarkable number of people.

And we are trusted, even by the young, who come to the BBC when it matters. For example, 91% of under-34s consumed the BBC’s 2017 general election coverage in the week of the vote.

Actually that is of interest…Corbyn surged based on a huge turn out of the young….the BBC made a grat deal of effort to encourage the young to vote knowing there was a good chance they would vote ‘Corbyn’, but on top of that the BBC’s news programmes gave Corbyn a massive lift as they relentlessly attacked and undermined the Tories whilst avoiding talking about Corbyn’s radical politics, his links to terrorism and the fact that he dumped all his long held convictions in order to win the election by pulling the wool over voters’ eyes…aided by a complicit BBC.

Robinson is admitting the BBC almost won the election for Corbyn.

Robinson thinks the BBC is beyond reproach, above criticism however somewhat bizarely he does a complete volte face and admits the problem could be the BBC.

He starts off asking…

Attacks on the media are no longer a lazy clap line delivered to a party conference to the raise the morale of a crowd of the party faithful. They are part of a guerrilla war being fought on social media, day after day and hour after hour.

How to respond? I turn to my late friend Steve Hewlett here for inspiration.

Did Robinson read what he has written?…it runs counter to his whole narrative…which is ‘don’t you dare probe the consensus [of the glorious MSM]’..

What made him [Hewlett] different is that he asked questions many others failed to ask.

‘Probe the consensus’

In the early days of Channel 4, Steve worked on a series called Diverse Reports, which had a clearly defined purpose: “Wherever you can find the liberal consensus, probe it, probe it, probe it. And if there’s another way of looking at it, broadcast it.”

Probe, probe, probe the liberal consensus?  Isn’t that what the internet [and the Daily Mail] does so well? Amusingly Robinson says this…

My instinct is that we should build this mindset into all our programmes, so that we ask questions – and can share online items that ask questions – that are invariably not asked.

Again and again over the years, views that start off being seen as extreme quickly become the new conventional wisdom – monetarism, green politics, gay rights, calls for curbs on immigration.

Yeah right, the BBC probing itself and ‘discovering’the joys of immigration curbs.

He goes on…

We must learn from our past, when the BBC has been slow to challenge the conventional wisdom of the day. Churchill’s pre-War warnings about the dangers of German rearmament were heard by radio listeners not in his own country, but in the US.

The way Churchill was handled is a powerful warning of the dangers of the BBC believing it is being balanced by silencing the voices of those who do not represent conventional wisdom.

I wonder if the ‘Islamophobic’ warnings of the dangers of a Dark Ages, unpleasant and backward ideology will become the BBC narrative in time to hold back the future…let’s quote Churchill as it seems appropriate…

Mein Kampf…..”the new Koran of faith and war: turgid, verbose, shapeless, but pregnant with its message.”

Robinson then oddly tells us how wonderful and impartial the BBC is after having admitted it fails to provide a broad and accurate news service…

There is a danger in these times that a growing number will question whether impartiality still has any real meaning, whether it is an establishment plot to limit debate and whether it can be sustained in an era of almost infinite media choice.

I believe that it is still vital, and we should proudly tell our audience that the BBC is not owned, run or controlled by the government, media tycoons, profit-seeking businesses or those pursuing a political or partisan agenda.

It is staffed by people who – regardless of their personal background or private views – are committed to getting as close to the truth as they can, and to offering their audience a free, open and broad debate about the issues confronting the country.

They aim to deliver what Carl Bernstein called “the best obtainable version of the truth”.

It’s not ‘impartiality’ that limits debate it’s the BBC’s partisan approach that loads the dice and sets up certain ideas and political view points as ‘unacceptable’, immoral and wrong.

It does in fact pursue a political and partisan agenda more often than not brought to us by people who channel their own political and social values and beliefs allowing them to shape their narrative in debates and how the news is presented.

Who decides what is the ‘best obtainable version of the truth’?  Can we leave that to the BBC?  No, not likely.


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19 Responses to His Master’s Voice

  1. Fedup2 says:

    It’s a long way from cheadle hulme private school (£4K a term ) and PPE at Oxford for our Nick. It looks like those of the journo-politics bubble are waking up to the fact that their bias is being more widely identified and thank God people can look elsewhere for the interpretation of events and facts (news) .

    Maybe he ll get round to realising that the prioritisation of stories, omissions and obvious distortions mount up after a while . The pro multicultural pro Islamic pro labour onslaught ( ok – too stronger word – stance ) is increasingly being recognised by people who think.

    Making him and his organisation and smug type more and more irrelevant . I bet he’d love a bodyguard.


    • Fedup2 says:

      I testing that the police had no knowledge of the incident – hate crime in their distorted language – if it had Beeb a packet of smoked rashers in a mosk they’d be seizing the cctv by now .


      • Jerry Owen says:

        Don’t forget the young man that was sent to prison ( ashamedly I forget his name ) for leaving a bacon sarnie or rasher of bacon ( a huge difference in real life I know! ) outside a mosque and mysteriously died in prison, absolutely no interest has been shown by the MSM or indeed ‘alternative’ news sites. I believe this story has been so tightly shut down it should be investigated… where is bloody ‘Panorama’ or ‘Dispatches’ when they are really needed?


        • Fedup2 says:

          That was my point. I hadn’t forgotten.
          Any form of ‘resistance’ is crushed . As was that poor chap. RIP

          And I cannot belief I am using words like ‘resistance ‘ about what used to be our own country


  2. Diane-abbotts-penis says:

    “For example, 91% of under-34s consumed the BBC’s 2017 general election coverage in the week of the vote”

    I certainly didn’t, in fact I actively avoided the gogglebox for weeks leading up to, during and after the GE, especially the ‘quality’ ‘impartial’ BBC.

    I would love to know how they arrive at these figures. Nobody in my peer group watches this shite.


  3. Dave S says:

    Sounds as if he is a worried man now. Hopefully it will only get worse for the BBC.
    The arrogance of the perpetually entitled.


  4. Rick Bradford says:

    The BBC wants at all costs to keep its power, its position as the Ministry of Truth, so that it can peddle its view of the evil patriarchy that is the West.

    Friedrich Nietszche knew all about these people:

    Behold, this is the hole of the tarantula. Do you want to see the tarantula itself? Here hangs its web; touch it, that it tremble!

    There it comes willingly: welcome, tarantula! Your triangle and symbol sits black on your back; and I also know what sits in your soul. Revenge sits in your soul: wherever you bite, black scabs grow; your poison makes the soul whirl with revenge.

    Thus I speak to you in a parable—you who make souls whirl, you preachers of equality. To me you are tarantulas, and secretly vengeful. But I shall bring your secrets to light; therefore I laugh in your faces with my laughter of the heights. Therefore I tear at your webs, that your rage may lure you out of your lie-holes and your revenge may leap out from behind your word justice. For that man be delivered from revenge, that is for me the bridge to the highest hope, and a rainbow after long storms.

    The tarantulas, of course, would have it otherwise. “What justice means to us is precisely that the world be filled with the storms of our revenge”—thus they speak to each other. “We shall wreak vengeance and abuse on all whose equals we are not”—thus do the tarantula-hearts vow. “And ‘will to equality’ shall henceforth be the name for virtue; and against all that has power we want to raise our clamor!”

    You preachers of equality, the tyrannomania of impotence clamors thus out of you for equality: your most secret ambitions to be tyrants thus shroud themselves in words of virtue. Aggrieved conceit, repressed envy—perhaps the conceit and envy of your fathers—erupt from you as a flame and as the frenzy of revenge.

    What was silent in the father speaks in the son; and often I found the son the unveiled secret of the father.

    They are like enthusiasts, yet it is not the heart that fires them—but revenge. And when they become elegant and cold, it is not the spirit but envy that makes them elegant and cold. Their jealousy leads them even on the paths of thinkers; and this is the sign of their jealousy: they always go too far, till their weariness must in the end lie down to sleep in the snow. Out of every one of their complaints sounds revenge; in their praise there is always a sting, and to be a judge seems bliss to them.

    But thus I counsel you, my friends: Mistrust all in whom the impulse to punish is powerful. They are people of a low sort and stock; the hangman and the bloodhound look out of their faces. Mistrust all who talk much of their justice! Verily, their souls lack more than honey. And when they call themselves the good and the just, do not forget that they would be pharisees, if only they had—power.


  5. Oaknash says:

    This twat is typical of his class – Yet another over educated, smug, patrician idiot who thinks he has the right to tell the rest of us lesser mortals how to live our lives and what to believe. When these tosspots move to some shithole road in Luton or Rotherham with their kids then perhaps then I might give some credence to their lofty sermons. However until that moment comes they are are better keeping their heads down, shutting the F##K up and only boring each other at Islington soirees over canapes and a good bottle of Bolinger


  6. Sinniberg says:

    Yes, I was going to post a link to this article on the Weekend Open Thread.

    What a load of patronising tripe

    It’s interesting to notice how they portray everyone else but themselves(and their cosy MSM family) as basically enemies of the free world.

    Only the BBC would come out with such a dumb term as “guerrilla war’.

    Only the BBC would have the deluded attitude that the free, social media, unofficial press should be destroyed.

    Only the BBC wouldn’t see that THEY are the purveyors of Fake News.

    Well, here’s a dose of truth -the Gene is out of the bottle and he’s not going back in.

    It’s the BBC who have declared “war”, not the other way round.


  7. honestus says:

    Robinson and his ilk are terminally infected with the libtard gene. They cannot comprehend any alternate view or narrative and always return to the same conclusion – they are right and thus the dissenters must always be wrong.
    He uses Bernsteins “the best obtainable version of the truth” with no sense of irony or self awareness. The full and corrected quote is “I think all good reporting is the same thing – the best attainable version of the truth”. There is nothing wrong with the sentiment but the BBBC have added “that fits in best with our progressive ideology”. They know it and we all know it and more and more of their viewers are coming around because Robinson et al cannot help themselves.


  8. johnnythefish says:

    To summarise, let me quote one of the bosses of one of those corporate giants who pose the greatest challenge to the old ways of doing things, Google News’s Richard Gingras, whom I met in Silicon Valley a few weeks ago.

    Sorry, Google what? ‘Fraid I’ve never heard of it.

    But Google – oh yes. Them with that search engine thingy which mysteriously gives you only left wing sites when you ‘Google’ a news item (Guardian, Independent, BBC, Mirror….).

    Collusion? Nah, not us guv, we’re the trusted BBC.


  9. Richard Pinder says:

    It seems BBC fake news is constructed by and regarded as “Censorship” rather than “Impartiality” or “Bias” by my acquaintances.

    (1) A Muslim try’s to chop someone’s head off in Hull. Its in the local paper, but watching the BBC Look North, the family notices that the BBC has censored the existence of the incident.

    (2) A Mensa special interest group produces an article called “BBC Censorship”

    (3) Astronomers report about the existence of a conference on the roll of Solar Astronomy in Climate Change, has been completely censored by the BBC.


  10. EUTV says:

    So the BBC doesn’t accept Newswatch findings because, as they say, sets out to prove BBC bias.

    It then sees no irony that it’s ‘proving’ it’s rival sources of news are biased.


  11. NCBBC says:

    John Simpson’s “Doing My Best to Make Sense of a Crazy World”, taken apart by Hugh Fitzgerald.


    But the best on the uninformed lefty bias of the BBC are two comments by Antonin Dlouhy

    Well worth reading.


  12. John Bull says:

    I was listening to radio 4 news this morning just after 7.00 am. One of their kind was really going to town about all the physically and sexually abused children that the clergy have had a hand in historically and rightly so too. However, I am still awaiting for the BBC to really go to town equally about all the sexually abused white children that has taken place by Muslims over the past 40 years or so. I suppose that has been kicked well into the long grass.


  13. Beeb Brother says:

    He claims fewer trust and watch the BBC because there are so many other options available these days.

    This weekend there have been many different football teams one could choose to watch, but so many choose to watch Barcelona because they are so good at football; with their heritage and finances one would expect them to be. I am not going to watch Woking instead given the choice because they are not as good.

    People are abandoning the BBC ‘news’ because the quality is so poor; it’s nothing to do with an unfair ‘war’ being waged against them. With their budget and heritage they should be able to win any battle against upstart internet services. But as they are institutionally dishonest – as Trump constantly reminds us – people will naturally go elsewhere to get their news.


    • Fedup2 says:

      Waking up to “Sunday” the so called al beeb religious radio prog at 0715 I rapidly hit the “off switch” when they signalled an article on Muslims campaigning for more mosques in Rome.

      I’m sure for balance al beeb will talk about the number of Christian churches in Mecca

      You really really couldn’t make it up. I presume the editor of this programme is someone called “mo”