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Fox and the Rat
by David Vance, A Tangled Web
1 May 2003The BBC

BBC coverage of the Iraq war has been characterised by a toadying sycophancy to the United Nations, a sickening respect for the "elite" Republican guard (last seen sprinting in their underwear along the banks of the Tigris) and a deep loathing for the UK/US war effort.

Greg Dyke, Director General of the public service British broadcaster the BBC, has launched a stinging attack on US media war coverage.  
 
Fox News has been singled out by Dyke for what he calls "unquestioning" coverage of the Iraq war and "blatant patriotism."

These cardinal sins are unlikely to be repeated at the BBC, which many British viewers could have been forgiven for thinking stood for the "Baghdad Broadcasting Corporation" due to the outrageous bias in its war reporting. If Baghdad Bob was still alive, he'd have a guaranteed job in London!
 
Mr. Dyke was particularly upset when Fox News referred to US soldiers as "heroes" and "liberators." Yet what other word describes those gallant Marines who risked life and limb to release ordinary Iraqi citizens from the torment of Saddam? Is it politically incorrect to acknowledge bravery, selflessness, and gallantry on the field of battle?  Could it be that the BBC shared the view of Saddam that US Soldiers were "infidels?"
 
US Television networks, in the esteemed opinion of Mr. Dyke, "lacked impartiality during the conflict and risked losing all credibility if they persisted with this stance."  This is strong stuff, coming as it does from Tony Blair's preferred broadcasting organisation.
 
As Mr. Dyke put it, "If Iraq proved anything it was that the BBC cannot afford to mix patriotism and journalism."  He is wrong. If Iraq proved anything it is that values of liberty and democracy cannot be entrusted to the likes of the craven BBC.
 
The BBC is a vast bloated parasite that feeds off the British taxpayer. It is institutionally a creature of the far left, and has been an unrelenting enemy of conservative thinking. It devoted years of vitriol attacking Margaret Thatcher when she was in power in Britain and now exults in her removal from power. BBC coverage of the Iraq war has been characterised by a toadying sycophancy to the United Nations, a sickening respect for the "elite" Republican guard (last seen sprinting in their underwear along the banks of the Tigris) and a deep loathing for the UK/US war effort.

In effect the BBC acted as a surrogate broadcaster for Saddam. It swallowed and repeated every lie that came out of Baghdad, presented every small delay in the military advance as proof a "Vietnam style quagmire," and gave every impression that it stood solidly behind the Baathist diktat. Its disappointment at the superb progress made by US/UK troops was visceral. Even when the statues of Saddam came crashing down, the BBC contribution to "fair and impartial coverage" was to remark how few people were in the crowd.   
 
Greg Dyke made his reputation when he saved a UK commercial TV channel from economic disaster by introducing.... a puppet called Roland Rat. This ridiculous rodent became famous for heckling other guests and was credited with turning the fortunes for the TV channel concerned. Dyke's place in the glittering crown of the media elite was thus assured.
 
"For the health of our democracy, it is vital that we don't follow the path of many American networks" declares Mr. Dyke.  
 
Put another way, for the health of British democracy it is vital that we don't follow the path of the BBC.
 
David Vance is a UK based political commentator. Having previously been the Deputy Leader of the UK Unionist Party he decided it is better to be outside the tent peering in! His web site is A TANGLED WEB.

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