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BBC Panders to a Nazi

Posted by libhom Saturday, October 24, 2009

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As you may know, the once trustworthy BBC has given a platform for the leader of the small, neo-Nazi organization in the UK, the "British National Party."

The BBC has a complaints form, and this is what I wrote:

Putting a Nazi like Nick Griffin on your network, giving him time to spew his filth, is a personal attack on American viewers of BBC America and people in my country who thought they could trust BBC as a news network.

Tens of thousands of Americans died in WWII defending the UK from Nazis like Nick Griffin. Putting him on your network is the moral equivalent of urinating on the graves of Americans who died fighting Hitler in WWII. You are such ingrates.

The BBC has lost a tremendous amount of credibility as a news network. You are becoming another Faux News.

When people don't do enough to combat fascist propaganda networks like Faux News, the once mainstream media start veering towards the nutty right wing too.

This demonstrates that the need for independent media gets stronger every day.

Update: Here's the relevant part of the BBC's canned reply email:
The BBC is obliged to treat all political parties registered with the Electoral Commission and operating within the law with due impartiality. There is evidence of electoral support after the British National Party won two seats in the European Elections so like any party in this position the BNP may appear on programmes like Question Time.

I wasn't dumb enough to fall for this. The Green Party of England and Wales got two seats in the same European Elections, yet they were excluded from the program with spokespeople from the political parties, including the BNP Nazis.

So much for "impartiality."

The BBC is lying through its teeth.

7 comments

  1. TomCat Says:
  2. Thanks for the heads up. I use the BBC as a source regularly. After reading this, I'll take what they say with a grain of salt.

     
  3. Christopher Says:
  4. Wow! Love the new blog!

    Well done!

     
  5. Lew Scannon Says:
  6. Didn't the Nazis lose WWII? Why would anyone in their right mind want to identify themselves with a bunch of losers? And, more importantly, why would anyone give them a platform?

    Like the new look, BTW.

     
  7. libhom Says:
  8. TomCat: I lost a lot of respect for BBC too.

    Christopher/Lew: Thanks!

    Lew: The claim that they don't identify themselves with the Nazis, but their views prove otherwise. They:

    - deny the Holocaust
    - ban non-whites from membership in their party (which is getting them into legal trouble in the UK)
    - are very heterosexist
    - blame people who aren't "indigenous Britons" for that country's problems
    - want to kick out all the immigrants

    The "indigenous Britons" part cracks me up, since most people in England, for instance are German, Viking, and French if you go far enough back. The closest to "indigenous Britons" are the Kelts, and the BNP isn't too fond of them either. It's all a euphemism for hating people of color and people from other parts of Europe who immigrated to Britain themselves, rather than having their ancestors do it.

     
  9. earwicga Says:
  10. Absolutely agree with you. The BBC are lying through their teeth - it was all about ratings. Makes me very sad that they decded to give the facist BNP a platform.

     
  11. Anonymous Says:
  12. USA saving UK in WWII ? -by getting British Empire for free , coincidentally .

     
  13. libhom Says:
  14. Anonymous: The empire the US established after WWII is qualitatively different than the British Empire which collapsed during the first half of the 20th Century.

    A lot of Americans were killed and wounded in WWII, so the "free" part makes no sense either.

    Nice try.

     

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