BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Two millennia ago, during a civil war in the Roman Republic, Octavian fought a disinformation war against Mark Anthony. Using verse and catchy slogans printed on to coins, Octavian swayed the Roman people with fake news – claiming that Cleopatra’s lover was a drunkard who disrespected Roman values. He eventually won the war. He became the first Emperor of Rome, ruling for … Continue reading Days of Illusion
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE If the BBC is the mouthpiece of the Guardian, then Sky News is its ringpiece – at least that’s the organ their appraisal of 2020 conjures up. Though it’s presented to us in a form as benign as any fatuous female supplement column, the subjects are more insidious than that of gluten intolerance. Make no mistake, this is a study in unrelenting … Continue reading Red Sky
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN Thanks to modern technology even those of us who rise at five o’clock in the morning can have our social circles operating in the background at that time, while we set about our day’s work, thanks to services like Telegram and Signal. There’s one group I am a member of which has developed an entertaining Statler and Waldorf approach to the day’s … Continue reading TAC
BY MARCUS STEAD You’re probably familiar with this exchange from Lady Windermere’s Fan by Oscar Wilde: CECIL GRAHAM: What is a cynic?LORD DARLINGTON: A man who knows the price of everything, and the value of nothing.CECIL GRAHAM: And a sentimentalist, my dear Darlington, is a man who sees an absurd value in everything and doesn’t know the market price of any single thing. Public subsidies are always a … Continue reading What’s the Point of S4C?
BY ALEXIA JAMES Let’s be frank. The BBC does not have a good reputation for being fair and balanced over Brexit. Some argue that their Remain bias over recent years has done irreparable damage to public trust in the BBC, its ability to deliver news impartially, and will result in the end of the licence fee in coming years. Already there is desperate talk of … Continue reading Biased BBC Dissembling (Again)
BY ALEXIA JAMES No, Brit Girl, the Germans do not now have a better sense of humour than the British. 30,000 people across 15 countries were asked to name both the “funniest” (“best at making people laugh”) and “least funny” nationality in a poll conducted by Badoo.com. The Germans came out last. They were even below the Belgians. Germans are as funny as Nish Kumar, … Continue reading Germans Are Not Funny
BY DOMINIC WIGHTMAN While the highly respected journalist John Ware’s attack in the Jewish Chronicle on “deceitful propaganda” was a wholly merited blast at anti-Semitic Corbynite ideologues – the Lansmans, Mendozas and Rachels from Swindon of this world – John came up with some useful paragraphs for those running blogs and websites which by choice or nature are outwith the mainstream media and regulatory control: … Continue reading Ware’s Almost Perfect Wisdom
BY ALEXIA JAMES It must be said that mainstream media has become extraordinarily unalluring during this pandemic. People are learning to live without. On a Zoom business call just yesterday one of those present asked if anyone had seen Boris’ latest Coronavirus press conference and four out of six on the video call admitted they had not bothered tuning into even one. Meanwhile the newspapers … Continue reading Covidian Nonexistence
BY ANDREW MOODY In the age of Amazon Prime and Netflix and the thousand channels of Sky TV, and even more importantly, the age of imposed lockdown, is it just me or has TV gotten worse? Ever since 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, the last great movie made within the Hollywood system before Trump’s contentious election, and Harvey Weinstein’s ignominious demise in Rikers Island, movies have … Continue reading Lamenting Daytime TV
BY PAUL T HORGAN The BBC seems to have fallen into bad habits in its news coverage of the current pandemic. Being a natural disaster rather than a scandal or a government crisis, it has been necessary for the state broadcaster to defer to the technical commentary of experts. The experts to whom the BBC defers have been, for the most part, Labour activists of … Continue reading Behind BBC Bias
BY ALEXIA JAMES Just when the BBC was collecting some brownie points for providing useful and entertaining education material for our home-schooled children in lock-down, those over at BBC News have once again reminded the nation that suicide can be a slow and drawn-out affair – death by a thousand cuts. BBC Editors have been exposed selectively editing a Trump speech and the edit is … Continue reading BBC News Caught Red-Handed
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE The gotcha inquisitions that have come to form so much of our broadcast news, more suited to cheap tabloid talk shows than serious journalism, offer few answers to a public fearfully in need of them. To witness the intemperate tantrums of Piers Morgan is to mourn a time when television was innocent of the social media revolution, journalism now reduced to 30 … Continue reading Media v People
BY JAMES BEMBRIDGE Last month, Britain’s broadcast media subjected the nation to a series of bombshell revelations from which it may never recover. First came the news that Philip Schofield isn’t the red-blooded womaniser his tousled hair and flowered shirts would have us believe. Then the BBC’s Head of Drama, Piers Wenger (pictured), revealed that far from some happy coincidence, it is actual BBC policy … Continue reading Repurposing the Licence Fee
BY DAVID EYLES For the last four years or so, political battles have been fought, won and lost upon the Brexit issue. The punditry in the media have claimed that “Brexit has divided Britain”. But my contention is that Brexit has not, in itself, divided Britain. What has happened is that the internet and social media have developed and become much more widely used at … Continue reading Is The Guardian Racist?
BY ALEXIA JAMES Hearing debates on the BBC about the BBC is sickening. They really cannot see the damage that the licence fee does to Britain’s poorest. How do they sleep at night? The single mother of three in Aldi tempted by an offer for two pounds off healthy mince but goes for a pack of cheap frozen sausages instead, as she knows that the … Continue reading BBC Licence Fee Must Go