He seems to object to anyone on the right objecting to examples of left of centre bias within the BBC, and accuses the BBC of backing down far too often to people on the right. Perhaps he should give more credit to the BBC. Sometimes, just sometimes, they admit that we have a legitimate complaint. They don't always react to complaints but there have been recent examples of where they's held up their hands and admitted they got it wrong. Far from losing their collective cojones, it actually takes real cojones to do that, particularly in a top heavy organisation like the BBC, where it's usually wisest to keep your head down. Sunny writes...
The BBC has always come under attack from the political right and left for its supposed bias towards the other side. But the rise of rightwing blogs in the US
and UK has encouraged a more shrill atmosphere, where a vast leftwing conspiracy
is assumed to exist at every corner.
Not true. There are just as many left wing bloggers who believe there to be a vast right wing conspiracy. Indeed, from his article, Sunny appears to be one of them. He continues...
Then there is the constant cry that the Beeb itself admits it's institutionally biased. Except ... erm, the report said nothing of the sort. And are we really to be surprised that a bunch of rightwing papers play up accusations of leftwing bias by a few employees? Would the Daily Mail ever give such coverage to someone who accused it of rightwing bias? I suspect not.
First of all, I don't recall anyone alleging that the BBC has admitted any such thing. Proof, Sunny? Andrew Marr has indeed said the BBC has an inbuilt 'liberal' bias, but he's not the whole BBC. The key difference here is that tha Daily Mail is open about its bias, and it doesn't receive a penny of taxpayers' money. The BBC receives £2.5 billion a year. A very weak argument, Sunny. And there's more...
Rightwing bloggers and the growing number of newspaper commentators who support them are not interested in editorial balance...The bloggers and much of the press won't be happy until the BBC reflects their worldview without accepting that the whole picture may lie somewhere in the middle, despite their continual hypocrisy. Not only are they uninterested in balance, they are completely obsessed and convinced that this vast leftwing conspiracy dominates the Beeb.
A bold assertion, which again Sunny fails to back up. How can he say that I do not believe there should be editorial balance at the BBC. Of course I do. I only ever get irritated when I see that balance disappear - just as, from the opposite perspective, no doubt Sunny does. He continues...
BBC editors themselves seem to have collectively lost their cojones, or at least their editorial guidelines. The first sign of an outraged rightwing blogging campaign leads editors to hurriedly make changes while simultaneously releasing statements that any accusations of bias had nothing to do with it. Who is that going to fool?
Has it ever occurred to him, that sometimes - just sometimes - the right may have a point? Sorry, silly me. But now we come to the most idiotic part of Sunny's article, for in this next paragraph he actually admits that there IS a liberal bias within the BBC, which surely undermines everything which precedes it.
Now, to my main point. For many of us on the liberal left, the BBC is a useful if somewhat increasingly dumbed-down antidote to the hard-right propaganda of
most of the press. It keeps us vaguely sane, so we support it.
Quite a revealing admission, wouldn't you say? His final two paragraphs are a clarion call to the left to fight back and attack the BBC in the same way that he appears to believe the right does. Desperate times, eh?
It is only obvious then, that those on the liberal left should stop supporting the BBC. Instead we should continually attack it and expose its rightwing bias. Supporting the corporation or focusing on editorial balance only seems to result in the centre ground shifting further to the right, since they are the only ones complaining. The likes of Iain Dale, Guido Fawkes and Biased BBC are merely following a strategy pioneered
by the American loony-right blogs. It's time the liberal left fought back.
Quite the most badly argued and incredible piece I have read on CommentIsFree for some time. And that's saying something. But it does give me some solace. It makes me think that those of us on the right are actually getting somewhere if we can provoke pieces like this!
UPDATE: Sunny has responded to this HERE. he reckons I have misunderstood him. Make your own minds up. If I have, then I have to say he should have been clearer in his original article!