Do you ever feel
that the Press just promote government policies, repeating verbatim
departmental press releases, and run stories to promote a political bias.
What began as a simple
human interest story in The Scotsman earlier last week was quickly picked up by
Daily Mail, 10/1/06, then by the BBC on their South Today programme 12/1/06, and printed
on the BBC
website 13/1/06, about an exhibition, simply one persons childhood collection
of golly badges, has been manipulated into something ugly.
Upon finding that
no-one had complained about the racist potential of the exhibition, either to
the exhibitor or the exhibition hall, they manufactured a story to give the
impression that there was a racist row over it.
So, not having a
story at all, did the The Daily Mail and BBC decide to invent one, along the lines of;
It is noticed that there is an exhibition of gollies.
decides that it must produce a story telling us how people don't like gollies.
They ring up the exhibition's organisers to
see if anyone has complained.
They are shocked to discover that no-one
They cannot let this go, and decides to find
someone who doesn't like the gollies.
They phone obscure academic who says that
gollies are evil etc.
They then present his quotes in such a way
as to make it look as if there has been an exchange of views between the
exhibition's organisers and obscure academic – ie, a 'row'.
They can now be satisfied that it has
presented a version of the'truth' that fits in with their ideology.
academic they contacted was a Dr John Molyneux,
a senior lecturer in Historical and Theoretical Studies at the School of Art, Design and Media, at the University of Portsmouth.
Dr Molyneux is a leading Trotskyist, a member
of the Socialist Workers Party and former central committee member, with
affiliations to the Communist Party of Great Britain. (Dr John Reid’s old mob).
Having picked up
the story, the BBC
then went on to print the Daily Mail version of the story, even quoting the
Was this all a
big set up, because I smell a rat.
noticed this story on Tim Worstall’s
blog, I felt the need to comment here because this story smack of 3 things.
- Political manipulation. Is this story being invented and hyped,
using old contacts from the CPGB, even though it’s a non story, in order
to deflect attention from Dr Reid’s current problems at the Home Office.
- Political manipulation. Is this story
being invented and hyped, using old contacts from the CPGB, even though it’s
a non story, in order to embarrass Dr Reid when the old associations are revealed.
- In trying to promote a view that was
not in the story in the first place, is the BBC and The Daily Mail guilty of
incitement to promote racial hatred.
If the events
of this story as described in Tim’s blog
are in any way true, then we should insist that it is investigated by the
authorities, and if they find enough evidence, press home a prosecution on the BBC and The Daily Mail.
The press and
media must be seen as the guardians and watchdogs of our freedoms and
liberties, by exposing the lies and misdemeanours of those in power, must be
seen to only tell the truth, and be prevented from playing underhand political
that create problems and racial tension where none previously existed is evil, divisive