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Why did the BBC put forward a National Front extremist as having mainstream views?

Remember the crazy racist ranter on the BBC’s Question Time last week?

The one whose views were legitimised by the programme makers in a tweet that put forward her views with no counter-argument – contrary to the Corporation’s own rules?

This one:

She has now been identified, it seems, as “Sherri Peach, nee Bothwell, mostly connected with Britain First, married to former National Front Election Candidate, Roy Peach”.

She was also a National Front candidate herself, back in 1974 – twice.

It has been alleged that this woman, who is from London, was sought out by a staff member for Question Time programme maker Mentorn Media who invited her to appear on the show in Dorset. It seems she stayed in a local hotel – funded by a third party, as yet unknown – and was placed in the front row during the recording.

As Zelo Street points out, this incident puts the BBC in an extremely difficult position.

It shows the BBC putting out an extremist far-right and racist viewpoint as though it was a widely-held belief, giving it a legitimacy that it does not – and should never – have.

And it shows the BBC failing to follow its own guidelines on impartiality, at a time when it is under investigation for political partisanship by Ofcom.

Yet time and again we have seen the Corporation’s complaints department simply brushing off complaints about this kind of behaviour, as though it didn’t matter at all.

It does matter. Why is the BBC condoning racism?

Source: Zelo Street: Question Time Ranter IDENTIFIED

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The BBC exists to inform and educate – not to tweet clips of racist rants for viral hits

The BBC’s treatment of this far-right racist is a perfect demonstration of everything that’s wrong with its current affairs programming.

The woman was hand-picked to join the audience of the BBC’s Question Time on February 20, and delivered a fact-free rant during the show.

It was followed by an awkward silence, before panellists delivered the fact injection that the general public needed after being exposed to such nonsense.

But then the BBC acted really atrociously. Look at the way the Corporation portrayed the moment on Twitter:

I’m grateful to the Angry Yorkshireman of Another Angry Voice for his comment on this:

“The role of any responsible broadcaster should be to point out the lies, and the massive impracticality of just ‘closing the borders’, not to actively and uncritically amplify dangerously ignorant far-right diatribes like this.

“Uncritically amplifying this fact-averse nonsense adds to the toxic political environment in which bigots are encouraged to believe that their ignorance has as much value and importance as other people’s facts and evidence.”

Correct. It’s doubly-abhorrent in a week when Boris Johnson’s government was exposed as being stuffed with racists (including the prime minister himself).

Just to balance up, here’s panellist Ash Sarkar responding to the racist:

The tweet from Sam Bright is very interesting, as are his follow-ups:

That’s the heart of the matter – that the BBC is putting clips of extreme views onto the internet in order to get viral hits, as though that somehow validated its current affairs programming. It doesn’t.

Spare a thought also for the poor guy who had to sit next to the racist while she ranted. He looked uncomfortable at the time and he expanded on his demeanour on Twitter afterwards:

The reason for the racism can be summed up in this video which, ironically, was made for the general election campaign and if more people had paid attention, perhaps we would not be putting up with the increased bigotry and ignorance we’re experiencing now:

So there you have it. When politicians – or their mouthpieces, as on Question Time – blame immigrants, it’s because they’ve run out of excuses for the terrible decisions they’re making.

Lastly, isn’t it amazing how the mainstream news media have tried to normalise this?

Seriously.

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In the run-up to Cameron’s conference speech, let’s recall his greatest achievement this year

Spoof reporter: Jonathan Pie

Spoof reporter: Jonathan Pie

[WARNING: STRONG LANGUAGE]

Remember Jonathan Pie?

It seems the spoof reporter just can’t get David Cameron’s alleged amorous encounter with a dead pig’s head off his mind; as the nation prepares (somewhat indifferently) for the Prime Minister’s speech to the Conservative Party conference, Mr Pie has come out with some words of his own.

Be warned – some of those words are rather salty!

If Vox Political readers are interested in Mr Pie’s opinions on other topical issues, please get in touch and This Writer will pass them on. I’m told he has a fairly strong opinion on most things, one way or the other.

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Here’s a reporter who has his priorities right. Shame about his bosses… (STRONG LANGUAGE)

Jonathan Pie: A star is born?

Jonathan Pie: A star is born?

This appeared on my Facebook feed and struck a chord with Yr Obdt Srvt, having quit newspapers partly because of the silly priorities of the people in charge.

I have no idea who Jonathan Pie is, or who employs him – smart money says he’s a fake, but take a look at this (strong language alert):

Afterthought: I reckon this chap is Tom Walker, under whose name it was posted. Look at his YouTube channel and you’ll see other material featuring the same person. It makes no difference to the message, though.

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