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The BBC's anti-Brexit bias has been criticised strongly by MPs from both sides of the debate. Seventy MPs describe the BBC's Brexit coverage as skewed and pessimistic.

Their view was expressed in a letter to the BBC's director-general, Lord Hall of Birkenhead. The letter says that the BBC is portraying the UK as xenophobic and as a nation which regrets voting to leave the EU. They say further that the corporation has failed to get rid of its pre-referendum pessimism and has not accepted the economic good news which the UK has had since the referendum.

The MP's letter follows months of mounting anger about the corporation's biased coverage and, in the view of many,the breaking of its charter. The MPs have given the BBC notice that its future will be in doubt if the public no longer see it as impartial. The licence fee-payers expect better.

The letter addds that BBC bias can effect substantially national debate. By misrepresenting the country as either xenophobic or regretful of the 'leave' vote, efforts to carve out a new global role for the country will be undermined.

This is perhaps an opportune moment to remind readers about the bias in another matter - that of man-made global warming. An article about this is shown below for those who have not seen it before..... the BBC's coverage of the issue is shameful, and a blatant violation of its Charter. - Ed

    It is now widely known that in 2006, the BBC arranged a seminar, attended by sympathetic scientists and others, in which it was decided to take a proactive line in promoting alarm over global warming.

    This decision was in breach of its Charter, which states that its coverage of controversial issues should be impartial.

    Tony Newbery, a blogger, of Harmless Sky, made a FOI request for the names of the 28 people attending the seminar.

    The BBC pitted six lawyers against Mr. Newbery to keep the names secret, and the resulting judgement was that the BBC, being a private organization, was entitled to withold the information.

    However, the story moves on ......

    Maurizio Morabito (the blogger 'omnologos') found a way of accessing the information via the internet's 'Wayback Machine' - so we can now read the list which the BBC fought to keep secret.

    Note that there are plenty of AGW supporters on the list, but there are no balancing groups represented, and the wind industry was involved.

    This list has been obtained legally.

    As one blogger put it ..... The list of attendees from the BBC side shows that they purposefully intended to force their biased view on the British public through all their creative output (comedy, drama etc) across all their channels 24x7.

    This isn't just news reporting bias, this is institutional bias and propaganda at Orwellian levels.

    BBC propaganda is especially pernicious because it masquerades as unbiased and objective when it is not.

    Robert May, Oxford University and Imperial College London
    Mike Hulme, Director, Tyndall Centre, UEA
    Blake Lee-Harwood, Head of Campaigns, Greenpeace
    Dorthe Dahl-Jensen, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
    Michael Bravo, Scott Polar Research Institute, University of Cambridge
    Andrew Dlugolecki, Insurance industry consultant
    Trevor Evans, US Embassy
    Colin Challen MP, Chair, All Party Group on Climate Change
    Anuradha Vittachi, Director, Oneworld.net
    Andrew Simms, Policy Director, New Economics Foundation
    Claire Foster, Church of England
    Saleemul Huq, IIED
    Poshendra Satyal Pravat, OU; Post-Doc Rsch Fellow, Crichton Carbon Centre.
    Li Moxuan, Climate campaigner, Greenpeace China
    Tadesse Dadi, Tearfund Ethiopia
    Iain Wright, CO2 Project Manager, BP International
    Ashok Sinha, Stop Climate Chaos
    Andy Atkins, Advocacy Director, Tearfund
    Matthew Farrow, CBI
    Rafael Hidalgo, TV/multimedia producer
    Cheryl Campbell, Executive Director, Television for the Environment
    Kevin McCullough, Director, Npower Renewables
    Richard D North, Institute of Economic Affairs
    Steve Widdicombe, Plymouth Marine Labs
    Joe Smith, The Open University
    Mark Galloway, Director, IBT
    Anita Neville, E3G
    Eleni Andreadis, Harvard University
    Jos Wheatley, Global Environment Assets Team, DFID
    Tessa Tennant, Chair, AsRia

    BBC attendees:
    Jana Bennett, Director of Television
    Sacha Baveystock, Executive Producer, Science
    Helen Boaden, Director of News
    Andrew Lane, Manager, Weather, TV News
    Anne Gilchrist, Executive Editor Indies & Events, CBBC
    Dominic Vallely, Executive Editor, Entertainment
    Eleanor Moran, Development Executive, Drama Commissioning
    Elizabeth McKay, Project Executive, Education
    Emma Swain, Commissioning Editor, Specialist Factual
    Fergal Keane, (Chair), Foreign Affairs Correspondent
    Fran Unsworth, Head of Newsgathering
    George Entwistle, Head of TV Current Affairs
    Glenwyn Benson, Controller, Factual TV
    John Lynch, Creative Director, Specialist Factual
    Jon Plowman, Head of Comedy
    Jon Williams, TV Editor Newsgathering
    Karen O’Connor, Editor, This World, Current Affairs
    Catriona McKenzie, Tightrope Pictures
    Liz Molyneux, Editorial Executive, Factual Commissioning
    Matt Morris, Head of News, Radio Five Live
    Neil Nightingale, Head of Natural History Unit
    Paul Brannan, Deputy Head of News Interactive
    Peter Horrocks, Head of Television News
    Peter Rippon, Duty Editor, World at One/PM/The World this Weekend
    Phil Harding, Director, English Networks & Nations
    Steve Mitchell, Head Of Radio News
    Sue Inglish, Head Of Political Programmes
    Frances Weil, Editor of News Special Events

    The purpose of the seminar was "reaching new and wider audiences".

    Shortly afterwards, BBC's 'Climate Chaos' series began.

    Popular scientist broadcasters who refused to take the BBC line were quietly dropped. Ever wonder what happened to David Bellamy, Johnny Ball, Piers Corbyn, Bob Carter, David Whitehouse?

    The chief environmental correspondent on Radio 4 hasn't got a science degree. If only one side of the argument is being reported, an understanding of the science is not required.

    Here are some of the programmes which were broadcast after that seminar. I could have made it much longer, but listing all of the BBC programmes which support AGW would be a big job; the propaganda goes on and on.

    Even the jokes on comedy shows have to be vetted. Cheap laughs about 'deniers' are a favourite.

    It never stops.

    23 May 2006: PS-Mag: David Attenborough Kicks Off Climate Chaos

    From bbc.co.uk web site:

    Are We Changing Planet Earth?
    Wednesday 24 May, 9pm, BBC One
    David Attenborough draws on his life-long insights into our planet and presents his personal take on climate change. Part two follows next week.

    Songs of Praise
    Sunday 28 May, TBC, BBC One
    Sally Magnusson visits an environmental project in Oxford that has made a real difference to the local community, and meets with historian and environmentalist, Martin Palmer.

    Test the Nation – Know Your Planet
    Sunday 28 May, 8pm, BBC One
    Are you aware of climate and environmental issues? We put the country to the test in the popular quiz show.

    Can We Save Planet Earth?
    Thursday 1 June, 9pm, BBC One
    Part two of David Attenborough’s investigation.

    Five Disasters Waiting to Happen
    Tuesday 6 June, 9pm, BBC Two
    We examine five global locations and scenarios: London, Shanghai, Mumbai, Paris and Tuvalu. All have been identified by experts as vulnerable to the effects of climate change.

    The Money Programme
    Friday 2 June, 7pm, BBC Two
    The Money Programme spends a week with a family in Teesdale – the area with the UK’s highest CO2 emissions per capita.

    Date and time TBC, BBC One
    The Bush administration has resisted calls to engage in Kyoto, and has been accused of a systematic campaign of disinformation and harassment against the scientific community – gagging scientists, re-writing major reports, and allowing the oil and coal industries to drive policy. Panorama investigates these claims.

    Climate Change shorts
    You can also watch eight short documentaries on the affects of Climate Change via the BBC Four website. For legal reasons, these are only available if you are in the UK.

    Panorama: Climate chaos: Bush’s climate of Fear was on BBC One on June 6 2006 (links to transcript)

    24 May 2006: Uni of Oxford: Oxford studies on the environment inform the Government and the BBC Oxford University scientists were among those playing host to the new Environment Secretary, David Miliband, on Wednesday 24 May when he visited Wytham Woods to see first hand the effect of climate change on wildlife and habitat… Another recent visitor to Wytham Wood was Sir David Attenborough, whose programme launches the BBC’s Climate Chaos season, coincidentally on the same day as the Environment Secretary’s visit. Sir David is filmed in the wood talking about the sun’s energy in ‘Are We Changing Planet Earth?’ ( BBC One on Wednesday 24 May at 9pm)

    2 June 2006:Oxford University’s Lower Carbon Futures Team Leader, Dr Brenda Boardman is in ‘The Money Programme – The Real Cost of Going Green’, where she advises a family on how to reduce their carbon effect to save them money and help the planet too (BBC Two on Friday 2 June at 7pm).


    It is now 2017, and the BBC has been relentless in its follow-up to the 2006 propaganda seminar. It is still pushing the same agenda, misrepresenting the views of ordinary scientists, and demonising carbon dioxide at every opportunity.

    The BBC has failed to report the true consensus of ordinary scientists, which is expressed in Richard Lindzen's petition to President Trump.

    One other point - a representative of CBBC attended the seminar. CBBC is children's television.

    If you have decided to spread propaganda rather than simply inform, including children among the target audience is logical.

    JG adds.....if propaganda was outlawed, the Whitelee Wind Farm Visitor Centre would have to be closed....


    Robert May, ex-President, Royal Society
    Although an atheist since age 11 (sic), May has stated that religion may help society deal with climate change. While referring to what he believes to be a rigid structure of fundamentalist religion, he stated that the co-operational aspects of non-fundamentalist religion may in fact help with climate change. When asked if religious leaders should be doing more to persuade people to combat climate change, he stated that it was absolutely necessary. (Wikipedia entry)


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