Monday, April 24, 2006

The future for journalism...or journalism for the future

Clearly not content with simply reporting the news as it happens, the BBC now gazes into its crystal ball in order to give a day-by-day hyping of stories that “could be dominating the headlines” in the coming week.

Perhaps TAE should start a new feature pointing out stories that the BBC might mis-report in the days ahead.


Blogger Simon Lazarus said...

Well, at Joobo we are considering doing much the same thing: looking at potential news stories this week.

A look at what our stories might be:


Ted Kennedy, Democrats Lie About US Gas Prices

Harry Reid, Democrats Lie About Immigration Laws

Nancy Pelosi, Democrats Lie About West Virginia Democrat Hollohan Caught in Corruption Web

Keith Olbermann, Democrats Lie About Tony Snow's Impact as New WH Press Secretary

Bill Maher is a Stoned Out Imbecile


Uh, now that I think about it, these could be LAST WEEK'S stories, or NEXT WEEK's.

Either will do.

Simon Lazarus

12:46 AM  
Blogger James Of England said...

I think the "Trade deadlock" WTO talks fail headline jumped out first as an obvious BBC masturbatory fantasy. The feature seems to be a way that their journalists can get off before the news happens, whether or not it will.

The good guys in Kyryzstan will strike a blow, the leftists will celebrate electoral victory in Italy and Mexico, the UN will sort out problems with Iran and Bosnia. America will show itself to be crazy and irrational about 9/11 (Flight 93 premier and Moussaoui). Big business will shown to be evil (Microsoft being anti-competitive, China supporting Zimbabwean human rights abuse and Sudanese genocide because China is becoming capitalist). They round off by saying that the NHS will need more cash and reminding us that Greenpeace is rejecting the recent UN assessment that Chernobyl wasn't so bad. It's a magnificent summary of the Beeb's statist anti-american love of activists.

Still, I was being obsessive when I saw the trade story immediately. I care about trade and find I can generally rely on the Beeb to lie about it. Still, in this instance they are still at the stage of prediction and opinion and the likely result is the one the BBC desire. They don't have to lie if the truth is the same as the lie they'd have chosen to tell if things were different.

It was only on the second reading that I noticed the Mexican story was worse. Both in the headline and in the linked story, we discover that Obrador is romping home in the polls. Oh really? See, the polls change significantly when the polling sample isn't the BBC office.

5:48 AM  
Blogger James Of England said...

Update: BBC retaining their view that the polls show a joyous Obrador campaign; polls now consistently showing a significant Calderon lead; latest poll sees lead at 10%. See also: US election 2004; US election 2000; US Mid-term election 2002; UK election 1992; Canadian election 2006; UK local elections 2006; German election 2005; and other elections where the BBC's favoured candidate is not, in reality, the one who is winning.

6:06 PM  
Blogger Janet said...

Just dropped another American living in the UK. I'll drop by from time to time to see what you're writing about.



12:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If you don't like things then go back to the U.S. I don't go to your country and while there blog about how this or that in the States is horrid. It's called acting like a guest and no one likes a poor one. It's all about the way one's raised I suppose, I'm sorry that you're parents failed.

12:49 PM  
Blogger Simon Lazarus said...

Notice that "Anonymous" is just another fey coward who cannot post his or her real name.

What limey are you to post anonymously? Didn't us beating your heinies off in 2 wars and needed us in 2 others teach you anything?

12:19 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why was there so little footage on the article written in the following blog?

4:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This report was recently prepared by several respectable Panamanian attorneys who are devoted to the importance of the law in Panama and believe it is important to reveal how the blind ambition of a law firm is attempting to prevent the enforcement of the last will and testament of an American expatriate, who wishes to give $50.0 Million to benefit thousands of needy children in Panama.

If the gift by the American expatriate to the poor children of Panama is prevented; $50.0 Million Dollars will go to one of Panamas elite and most powerful families. This gift is the largest legacy of charitable giving for this purpose in the history of the country.

Read the full report:

7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

>>Act like a guest?? >>a coward?? How about a Saint -- this man (Lucom) is giving $50 million U.S. to poor children of Panama. What has been happening in Panama is greed. Let the American Will be followed, as he wished - end of story.

2:03 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Lucom estate is made up by land not worth $50 million but Lucom was smart enough to sign off on its sale to foreign developers of the Grand Panama project to ensure funds were available for the poor children of Panama. US journalist Richard Koster follows up on the story

9:40 PM  
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