Sunday, August 07, 2005

Tributes, tributes everywhere...well, almost

The death of former Cabinet minister Robin Cook yesterday reminded me of a particular instance of subtle but undeniable BBC bias that I noticed last year.

Today the BBC has put up a page on its website soliciting reader tributes to Mr. Cook. This is in keeping with BBC practice anytime someone of public note and respect dies. The request is pretty much always the same: "So-and-so has died. Send us your tributes". Public figures ranging from the Queen Mother to Spike Milligan and from Susan Sontag to King Hussein of Jordan have all had their own BBC page dedicated to "tributes" solicited from readers. It is pretty standard fare.

Except, of course, when an American politician of whom the BBC does not quite approve happens to die. Last year, when Ronald Reagan died, the BBC, apparently unable to bear the thought of a tribute page to RR, just couldn't help itself from making a subtle change to is usual request:
Send us your reaction to news of Ronald Reagan's death.
No bias at the BBC, though, right?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well Scott, did you expect anything else from the BBC?

Tears for Arafat, cold disdain for Reagan.

I can't help remembering how Cook lied to his wife. Not a very ethical "home" policy.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Dr. Foo said...

What's more, watching the news in England last night would leave one to believe the only thing Robin Cook ever did in his long career was quit the government in opposition to the war in Iraq.

9:09 AM  
Anonymous JohninLondon said...

I simply remember Cook as an unctious word-chopping pacifist, I am afraid. CND type, unreconstructed leftie. But like most lefties, he LOVED high office.

Isn't it time the BBC eulogies ceased ?

9:56 AM  
Anonymous Barnet Pete said...

But the BBC has lost a very close friend, a 'soulmate' and it is very sad for them.
And don't forget that we Limeys have to pay heavily for this left wing brainwashing.

10:55 AM  
Anonymous england said...

Posted this among the Cook tributes:
Robin Cook,
"A nasty lying socialist sh*t whose political career did in immeasurable harm to this country. Ethical foreign policy? Cheap PR scam. Didn't out-last the echos of the conference speech it was promoted in.
A conviction politician in the sense it would have been nice to see him convicted of something.
Glad to see the back of him."
Now let's see the BBC publish it.
I'm not holding my breath... all the other comments are sacharine adoration.

11:53 AM  
Blogger simon said...

Robin Cook voted in favour of ID cards. Typical bossy, sinister lefty.

12:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

See here for Biased BBC's coverage of this back when Sontag snuffed it. Typical Bolshevik Broadcasting Corporation.

3:42 PM  

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