Ignoring The Elephant In The Room

The Telegraph reports that EU commission jackbooted thugs have raided the offices of Fox News in London.

Ostensibly the investigation concerns sports rights and as a would-be consumer if they weren’t so darned expensive, I can half see what they’re getting at.

However as the Telegraph story notes:

The raid comes at an extremely sensitive time for Fox as it seeks a remedies agreement with British watchdogs at the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to secure its heavily delayed takeover of Sky…The CMA is considering an offer from the Murdoch family to spin off Sky News into a separate company or sell it to Disney to assuage concerns that full control of Sky will give them too much sway over the British media. 

The elephant in the room being of course that Fox is far less monopolistic than the BBC, but nobody, in an official capacity at least, is recommending that that monstrosity be broken up.

Might there be more to this than meets the eye:

News of a competition investigation by the European Commission will be viewed as a boost to the US cable giant Comcast, which is seeking to disrupt Fox’s takeover of Sky with its own rival £22bn bid.

News that the investigatory and ball-breaking powers of the EU have been bought and sold bought would hardly surprise anybody here at Castello Italicus.

Vast Organisation Mindfucks Voters!

Brendan O’Neill has a piece, as ever well worth reading, in the Speccie putting to the sword the absurd idea that Cambridge Analytics has destroyed the world by brainwashing voters using their facebook data:

We’re meant to believe that Donald Trump won the presidential election and Brexit was victorious in the EU referendum because sinister rich and right-wing people trawled social media, harvested our inner-most lives, and then planted messages that ‘mind-fucked’ us into voting for things we shouldn’t have voted for? This is straight out of the David Icke school of political thought (I say thought…) where it is always assumed that faceless malevolent actors are puppeteering public life and secretly controlling people’s minds and behaviour. This might be the moment when the paranoid style of thinking went mainstream

However this blog is convinced that, certainly in the UK, there is one organisation at least abusing users’ faith in it and working to twist and form the electorate’s opinions in a leftward pro-EU direction.

That is of course the BBC, which has mutated from the essentially decent bumbling pro-British but even then somewhat earnest and well meaning media organisation of my childhood into a vast highly politicised instrument of the Common purpose cultural marxist wing of the political “elite”.

The BBC has been absolutely relentless in pushing its anti-Brexit, ant-Trump pro-Global Waring agenda, that is a demonstrable fact, and is in contravention of its founding principles.  It has not been above lying and coercion in order to do so.

Lately the labour left (whom Stalin himself would have purged as being too extreme) have been complaining about something called hatgate in which the BBC have apparently published a photo of comrade Corbyn looking like Krushchev, and clamouring that this is proof of political bias.

Could be a good moment to agree with them then get the whole rotten mess shut down.

Paging Mr Ecks!

The BBC – Mis-inform, Propagandise and Lobotomise

Further to my last post which began pointing out some nasty tinpot fascism in the poor old Grauniad (if it was a horse it would have been shot years ago) and ended in a rant about the glories of Anglo-sphere values such as the overarching one, always overlooked by lefty commenters, established by Magna Carta, that even the king is subject to the law of the land which in turn derives from the people and hence invented the Common Law, the greatest invention since the wheel, in fact possibly even greater than the wheel – certainly more improbable.

Kids nowadays don’t learn history, they get force-fed loads of lefty crap about exploitation and the second world war and have no idea about important questions like, say Magna Carta or the Glorious Revolution.

But neither did I.  Back in the 70’s I got was probably a slightly less crap education is these vital questions.  But that hasn’t stopped me becoming a sort of right libertarian 19th century burkeian whig and therefore I am optimistic that today’s generations will with time come to the same conclusions as so many of my generation have.  Especially as they realise how the current social democrat blob has fucked them over, with so many of the of the commanding heights of today’s society in the hands of Gramscian long marchers.

And no commanding height is so critical as the BBC.  There are still a significant number of people who get a very significant part of their facts and opinions from Lord Reith’s sadly debased organ.

Since Brexit and Trump’s election the total abandonment of impartiality has become quite disgraceful.  Their stance on global warming is no better.  Facts and opinions are marshalled and disbursed according to their left wing statist world view rather than according to any more objective criteria.

The BBC benefits from a settlement in which it is entitled to extract reasonable sums of money from everybody in the country, at gunpoint, in exchange, supposedly, for verifiable impartiality in its broadcasts.

They have failed in this simple task.

There is no place in a modern economy for a state broadcaster .

Their founding mission was characterised as “to inform, educate and Entertain”.

The reality is that that mission has morphed into “to misinform, propagandise and lobotomise”

Break up the monopoly, sell off the bits.