If you’ve been living in Britain since the Conservative Party came to power in 2010, then you’ve probably heard a lot about how terrible the National Health Service (NHS) is, writes Tom Swan on BBC News Bias.
Whether your poison of choice is the TV, radio, or a newspaper, the fight to turn the British people against the NHS has been a long and determined one. This propaganda war has been largely unsuccessful, but that hasn’t stopped the government from persistently trying to lay the groundwork for privatization of a much loved public service. In particular, the media arm of the government, known as the BBC, has been prolific in disseminating anti-NHS propaganda.
For example, BBC Radio 5 Live releases near-daily stories in which critics or complainants are given an opportunity to lambast the NHS in one way or another. Many or all of the complaints are quite genuine. However, the BBC’s unrestrained willingness to meet their propaganda quota by giving every complainant airtime is truly unsavory. Due to the sheer plethora of radio segments that fall into this category, a significant number have made it onto youtube, so here’s a couple for your amusement:
In the above video, the BBC starts with one of their favorite arguments: that the NHS try to silence whistleblowers. However, in most professions, if an employee publicly accuses their colleagues of being lazy, unproductive, and obstinate, it will result in some sort of disciplinary action. This escapes the BBC radio host, who then makes the bewildering claim that “the comments really apply to the public sector”. What a remarkably transparent attempt to forgive, justify, and agree with the comments without any evidence. I bet she earned some brownie points with her bosses though.
Of course, the first guest on the show agrees with the comments fully and adds to them. The second guest nails it when he says “you don’t hear about the good stories” but stops short of accusing the BBC of bias. Despite this belated defense, the story at hand is focused on criticizing the service, and all the host’s questions for the defender are accusatory or negatively worded, e.g. at 4:35 – “Isn’t it all too easy for someone who is lazy to hide in this giant machine, and it’s very difficult to get them out of their job because of unions like yours, perhaps?”. I like how she checked her bias after the question by saying “perhaps”. The question gets repeated in the same ridiculous tone at 8:38 for no good reason.
There’s more – but you’ll have to read it on the BBC News Bias site. Obviously, the contents of this package are clearly written on the label so bear in mind that the authors firmly believe BBC news coverage is slanted in a particular direction. Your comments are awaited with interest.
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