”Impartiality”

In a time of demagoguery, “impartiality” and “establishing the facts” are contradictory terms. Another sterling example of the Fourth Estate failing the people, speaking for power and making a mockery of the facts. Enjoy 😏

‘Why is the BBC bending to the Government’s definition of impartiality?’, Owen Jones

“When faced with a very clear choice between yielding to government pressure or serving viewers by telling them the truth, BBC management, shamefully, chose the former,” says one Newsnight source. “BBC bosses believe this helps preserve the organisation. All it will really do is sign its death warrant.” 

Here’s to those we don’t deserve

 

As we lurch through the end of days and watch the complete degeneration of Question Time into clickbait vying with GMB’s Piers Morgan for YouTube views, thank god we still have those we can stare up at.  Enjoy:

 

Mark Steel, ‘If you say Muslim women look like letterboxes, the only job you can get is prime minister – it’s the woke brigade’s fault’

 

Stewart Lee, ‘Laurence Fox is the hero we deserve – and I have just the role for him’

XR listed as an “extremist” group by UK counter-terrorism police

 

In a speech, in 1952, US diplomat Adlai Stevenson said, “The tragedy of our day is the climate of fear in which we live, and fear breeds repression. Too often sinister threats to the bill of rights, to freedom of the mind, are concealed under the patriotic cloak, of anti-communism”. Well, today, it is the threat of anti-terrorism.

 

This is important. Democracy won’t vanish with a bang, but with a whimper:

 

Vikram Dodd, ‘ Rebellion Extinction Rebellion could sue police over extremist ideology listing’