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For the BBC, the NHS Privatisation Debate is Over
6 December 2011
The BBC News website's reporting about changes to the NHS now, more than ever, ignores the voice of the overwhelming majority of UK citizens who do not want to see moves towards privatisation of the NHS. On the 5th December, reporting on David Cameron's speech about the "NHS-Industry" partnership plainly regurgitates...
BBC Reporting: Redefining Privatisation
17 November 2011
Opinion on privatisation is divided – viewed by some as a mechanism to help big business at the expense of the taxpayer, and by others as the introduction of competition and a process of freeing public services from state control (often cited in the media as inefficient and expensive). Whatever the...
The Media Beats the War Drum for an Attack on Iran
4 November 2011
“Iran’s nuclear ambitions have already started a war with the west”, reads the headline of Julian Borger’s piece in the Guardian yesterday, in which he discusses operations of espionage and sabotage in Iran started by the Bush government in 2007. The headline would have you believe that Iran brought these acts...
Political Theatre: Using the Media to Campaign for Tax Cuts
26 September 2011
Early in September the BBC news reported on those calling for the 50p tax rate to be cut, by giving an enormous amount of attention on television, radio and online news to a letter sent to the Financial Times and signed by twenty people who wanted the top rate to be...
Suez in Perspective, a Central Office of Information film made in 1960, four years after the Suez Canal Crisis, provides - based on what we now know - an imbalanced, and in some ways, false account of the 1956 British invasion of Port Said and the Suez Canal. The film, which...
London riots: Disconnecting Cause and Effect
15 August 2011
Footage of the heaviest night of the London riots, Monday 8th August, showed frequent scenes of what were described as a ‘stand-offs’ between police and rioters. In cases where there was no stand-off, police appeared to watch while acts of looting and arson took place. During both the student protests of November...
Nick Triggle, the NHS, and the Privatisation Debate
27 July 2011
The public outcry surrounding the News of the World phone hacking scandal provided an opportunity for those in power to implement the changes that have been in the making since the release of Andrew Lansley's White Paper, 'Equity and Excellence: Liberating the NHS', in July 2010. On 11th July David Cameron...
The events of the past few weeks regarding the hacking scandal at the News of the World and the closure of the paper resulted in yesterday's hearing in which Rebekah Brooks, Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch faced questioning from a panel of MPs about the phone hacking scandal. The British public...
“Migrants ‘take the jobs from young Britons’”, ran the headline of the Telegraph’s website on 30th June , the night before Iain Duncan Smith’s speech on jobs and immigration. The subheadline elaborates: “Mass immigration poses the biggest threat to attempts to get millions of people off benefits, Iain Duncan Smith...
Arthur Ponsonby wrote in 1928 that "when war is declared, truth is the first casualty". Embedded journalists during war time are in some ways tools for the military of the countries they represent. As we saw with the invasion of Iraq, news reports represent one side, often censoring crucial information. Anything...
News of the NATO extension for their mission in Libya came on the same day as news that over 700 civilians have died as a direct result of NATO strikes since the enforcement of a no-fly zone. Looking back to the start of the war, how did the BBC and...
At the recent 25th anniversary of Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) (May 11th, 2011) in the US, Noam Chomsky summarised one aspect of the US diplomatic attitude with the following quote: When there's a favoured dictator and he's getting into trouble, support him as long as possible, full support as long...
BBC News Selectively Report on Protests
16 May 2011
At least two rallies took place in central London on Saturday afternoon, both within short distance of the houses of Parliament. Opposite Downing Street on Whitehall was a rally entitled “End the Siege on Gaza – Free Palestine”, to commemorate the Nakba, or "catastrophe", the 1948 expulsion of half the population...
Regardless of wider colonial aims, there are always a few imperative tasks for imperial powers. These tasks normally include stirring up national pride and fear, as well as dehumanising the indigenous population. This justifies the role of the invader to their people, as they implement their ‘superior’ ways on the ‘lesser’...
The news of Bin Laden’s death after the weekend has sparked a combination of celebration, suspicion, debate and conspiracy theories. In Washington, crowds gathered to chant “U-S-A, U-S-A” in a patriotic flag-waving display and celebrate Bin Laden’s death. In the UK, the BBC News showed a looping reel of images all...
Neither Major UK Party can be Trusted with the NHS
3 April 2011
Good news came yesterday for the campaign to save the NHS, as David Cameron proposed safeguards to prevent private firms from cherry-picking the profitable services within. The changes being implemented on the body were seen by most as benefiting only the corporate in the UK, and not as being in the...
Cheerleading for the War on Libya
1 April 2011
When war (or 'humanitarian intervention') breaks out, the news very quickly becomes nothing more than a voice for the government. Embedded journalists provide updates to the country as though they are reporting from a war movie. Newspapers and news websites give us statistics on war planes and other machinery as though...
Lots of Attention on the Iranian Navy
22 February 2011
Today, the 22nd February, the BBC has given quite a lot of attention to the movement of Iranian warships through the Suez Canal. As scores of protesters are being killed by brutal regimes in Libya, Morocco and Bahrain, big news has been made about the seemingly insignificant passage of two Iranian...
The Reporting of the Anti-Mubarak Protests
4 February 2011
The events in Egypt and Tunisia have put UK news organisations in a bit of a tight situation. Until now, it has been easy to hide the western ally leaders around Africa and the Middle East from mainstream western news. Western governments have, as the BBC lightly put it “turned a...
Selective Reporting from the Chilcot Inquiry
21 January 2011
By the end of 2010, the US/UK led war in Iraq had left one million people dead and over four million without a home. For this, Tony Blair expressed his regrets on the 21st January, to which the members of the public said “too late”. After reporting this snippet of drama from...
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