Skip to comments.Murdoch Hysteria Grips UK Media…All Reason Disappears
Posted on 07/19/2011 6:51:39 PM PDT by Starman417
Robert Murdoch threatened the monopoly of the BBC...and boy are they taking the rope now that one of his companies were caught with their pants down. But as Simon Jenkins at The Guardian writes, when does this become more than just reporting? When does this become a hysterical sideshow?
Britain has gone mad, or at least the tiny patch of Britain round Westminster. The Pentagon would call it a clusterfuck, an all-embracing, uncontrollable chain reaction that appears unable to cease. The new ecstasy theorists call it "whooshing", when reason loses out to passion, and thought to imagination. As after the death of Princess Diana, every politician and commentator cries: "The world will never be the same again." The world usually is.
Today Rupert Murdoch and his son were summoned before parliament, and gave an eerie performance as an ageing father who had vaguely heard his son had done something regrettable in the family woodshed. Meanwhile the British prime minister, David Cameron, was forced to return from a foreign trip, like a tottering dictator called home by the politburo. The country's top policeman and top counter-terrorism cop were forced into resignation. Two government judicial inquiries have been set up. Two commons committees are in continuous session. The police are everywhere. Journalists and MPs are lying on the floor, kicking their legs in the air with glee.
Has anyone been murdered? Has anyone been ruined? Is the nation gripped by financial crash or pandemic, earthquake or famine? Are thousands homeless or millions impoverished? A squalid surveillance of the sort long conducted by the tabloid press went beyond what in this business is laughably called good taste and constituted a crime.
That everyone knew journalists and the police were engaged in petty barter does not make it acceptable, let alone legal. Nor is it edifying to know how far politicians and editors are in and out of each other's houses. But it is not the fall of the Berlin Wall or the Nuremberg trials. The downtrodden are not marching against their great satan, Rupert Murdoch, "the most evil man in the world" as reported by the BBC Today programme. They are more likely mad at losing their favourite paper. There is a limit to how much significance any event can carry without imploding into daft hysteria.
Oh, it's beyond daft hysteria now.
Richard North from EUReferendum was recently asked to appear on a BBC program called World Service and he asked:
UK military report on Afghanistan. "How much time have you given this report today?"... Silence.
Or how about the news that the European Union is on the verge of collapse?
...The International Monetary Fund said there is now "serious risk" of eurozone contagion with "large" potential knock-on effects worldwide. "Market participants remain unconvinced that a sustainable solution is at hand," it said.
Naw...what's to worry about, the money will be found somewhere. I mean come on, we have news that reporters were getting tips from the police and that some phones were hacked.
Now THAT'S important. War? Collapse of the European Union?
And while they exclude reporting on more important stories, they have also decided to exclude opposing ideas:
Opponents of global warming should be given less coverage by the BBC than the climate change lobby, the corporation will rule.
(Excerpt) Read more at floppingaces.net...
This type of media behavior isn’t just an American phenomenon.
Today 5 or 6 channels were carrying the inquisition live—why? This is a British scandal, not American. We fought a war to be able to ignore the British Parliament.
I just wish they would recognize and go after real evil like George Soros.
The vile psychopaths at CNN, MSLSD, ABC, NBC, etc are too busy chasing non-issues to focus on real stories such as "Fast and Furious" and "Gun Runner."
Much better thread than the other one.
It is all a play act. Much of it sheer puffery. Of course, it is their show and they are entitled. A paragraph starts "Has anyone been murdered?" A voice of reason and sanity even from the Guardian.
Somehow I am reminded at the furore against the late President Nixon over Watergate. Most of it all got up and sheer puffery. Compared with the behind the scenes of other presidents, Nixon did but little, except staying loyal to miscreants.
Shakespeare would have loved this thunder in the Commons, something like "sound and fury, signifying NOTHING".
The BBC does not have a monopoly.
:’) That’s not much of a claim though. ;’)
I spoke too soon anyway, sigh...