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Poison in the body politic

The length of one of the most aggressively monitored borders in the world runs for 3,145 km (1,954 miles). The iron pillars, concrete walls, security cameras and drones that make it virtually impermeable today were partly triggered by just a tiny bit of paper during WW1 – a telegram.

Recognize that? It’s the BBC’s description of the US/Mexico border! It was an aside in an article today about WWI. (With socialized medicine, the crazy pills are free!).

I can’t tell you what a problem the BBC is in this country. I know US media is corrupt, but we’ve got nothing as pervasive, as ubiquitous as the BBC. Depending how you count, they control half a dozen TV channels and a dozen radio stations. It’s not at all unusual for a typical Brit to consume nothing but BBC from morning to night.

And they talk complete shit.

Beautifully produced and often clever and highly entertaining shit, but shit nonetheless.

After the Boston Marathon, a neighbor of mine — a solid conservative gun-toting Americanophile — sidled up and asked “so — Tea Party?” Because that’s the only suspect he knew. I’ve had two people in the last few weeks congratulate me in casual conversation on dodging that horrible Palin woman. No doubt, they had never heard a single good thing about her until I hissed, “well, actually, she’s a bright and articulate woman who was the most popular governor in America when she was selected to run.”

Truth is, I consume as much BBC as anyone. Mostly radio. Mostly Radio 4. I swear, they can work a George Bush joke into the cooking program. The can make flower arranging positively Marxist. Lately, I’ve taken to playing a little game with every program I listen to — Spot the BBC Hook.

Our next guest is an eminent British composer — who is from an immigrant family. Let’s get a legal opinion from a senior judge — who is militantly gay. Our science program this evening is about women scientists who rose in their professions despite gender discrimination.

I promise you, the number of programs without such a social justice hook is vanishingly small.

Tell you what, though — I stole that image off the internet and I’m’a call bullshit on it. Why would a BBC logo be centered over North America?


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 26, 2014, 11:18 pm

& the silly toadies at NPR just gaze over the Atlantic with that wistful look in their eyes.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 27, 2014, 2:22 am

Yes, the social justice crap is in everything these days…doesn’t seem to be helping their self-esteem at all…quite the opposite, it singles them all out as ‘not one of us’.

CBC here in Canada is the same…if they actually gave us a vote, we would get rid of it…they are the propaganda arm of the Liberal party.

Comment from Scr_north
Time: November 27, 2014, 4:09 am

Maybe if Scotland had voted to separate and take all their labour/lefty MP’s with them then the BBC would be looking down the barrel of privatization. I only wish we’d do much the same with the CBC here in Canada. Quasimodo is quite right, it’s just a propaganda arm of the left staffed by smug, leftist boobs who couldn’t get a real job if their lives depended on it.

Comment from ed
Time: November 27, 2014, 11:39 am

Canada. Where the BBC crapola runs free like the vanishing herds of polar bears.

And yeah I encounter a lot of misinformed UK types online all the time. And not just people from the UK. Frankly it’s amazing the amount of utter horseshit that people take as accepted wisdom.

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: November 27, 2014, 12:01 pm

Actually, it’s perspective, you see. The BBC tower is so large it looms over the globe, over the horizon from the Isles of Britain to all the corners of the globe, reaching even the dreaded rebellious colonial in America via shortwave, satellite, cable, internet, telegram, telephone, and The Royal Mail.

The Sun Never Sets on The Empire.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 27, 2014, 3:33 pm

In terms of the damage it does, the BBC is the most dangerous organisation in Britain. It drips poison into the well 24 hours a day – and most Brits are, regrettably, stupid enough to drink from that well and no other.

Comment from ed
Time: November 27, 2014, 4:14 pm

“The Sun Never Sets on The Empire.”

Or where the sun doesn’t shine. Though the English language has a specific word for that place…. 🙂

Comment from Argentium G. Tiger
Time: November 27, 2014, 6:14 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Stoaty & Uncle Badger!

Did you do the midnight turkey again?

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