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Three mints in one!

Finally, a little wholesome red meat (with extra schadenfreude sauce!). You may be aware that the BBC (the EEEEEEVILLLLLL BBC) has had several (three, in fact) very nasty boo-boos lately. I will outline them briefly, and point you to further reading.

Jimmy Savile died a year ago. He had been a BBC presenter for decades. He was also, it turns out, a sexual monster, with a taste for children (and possibly worse things). It was not exactly secret. Six decades, 400 lines of inquiry, 300 potential victims, fourteen police forces. The BBC program Newsnight had an exposé set to run on the scandal last year, which was axed. Instead, they ran a Christmas tribute to Jimmy Savile!

And inside the BBC, who knew? Well, the words “paedophile ring” are being bandied about.

In the middle of this brouhaha, someone stepped forward claiming to have been abused by a very senior Tory; one of Maggie’s staunchest. The BBC was so delighted to push the narrative into this happy territory, they ran the story without any of the proper checks. Turns out, it was demonstrably false. Then the accuser said “my bad” and, libel laws being what they are in the UK, dropped the Beeb nose deep in the shit. This is the issue that’s caused all those resignations lately.

The third is my favorite, though, and you might not have seen it. About six years ago, the BBC assembled a blue ribbon panel of scientific experts — top. men. — who declared the science of Climate Change was so gosh-darned settled, it would be wrong to give equal time to skeptics any more. And so they didn’t (pff! like they ever had).

Skeptics, naturally, asked, “…and these experts are…?” Then the BBC spent several years and hundreds of thousands of pounds (successfully!) fighting a Freedom of Information action in court. To avoid revealing the names of their ultra-qualified, ever-so-impressive scientific team.

Then a blogger named Maurizio Morabito (blog: Omnologos) dug around and found the entire guest list online. Just sitting there. (Aside: I am convinced absolutely everything is online somewhere. Keep digging!).

Yup. It was exactly what you think. Greenpeace. Media people. Church of England types (!). Warmenist hacks, the lot. Oh, this one is fun. This is going to leave a mark.

Good blogs to follow on this: Omnologos, Bishop Hill, Autonomous Mind, Biased BBC, Tall Bloke. Good articles: Delingpole, Melanie Phillips, the Spectator.

Oh, and the kitten got better.


Comment from JeffS
Time: November 15, 2012, 1:08 am

Communist media hacks, in general, are on my Life Long Shit List™, but the BBC is in the top 5, under the category “ASTEROID IMPACT SITE”. They’ve been carrying the torch of tyranny for years, and the latest news items revealing their decadence and hypocrisy are merely icing on the cake to me.

Too bad about the kitten; it would have made for a colorful display in the fireplace.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 15, 2012, 1:14 am

It’s hard to quantify just how pervasive and fucked up the BBC is. It has an enormous share of ears and eyeballs, and everything from the afternoon play to the food program has an egregious lefty slant.

Comment from Man Mountain Molehill
Time: November 15, 2012, 1:26 am

Pre Tony Blair the beeb was still a leftish but
respectable news organization. They had
correspondents everywhere interesting stuff
was happening (like the reporter who was on the
ground being shot at by Russian troops
in Wilnius after Gorbachev sent in the Red Army).

I think it all went down hill after they fired
Frank Muir.

BBC world service used to come in like
gangbusters when I lived in Boston.
They shut all that down, too. As far as I can
tell they make MSNBC look like Fox now.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: November 15, 2012, 1:27 am

Yes, this one is ‘The Kitten’s Revenge’ and I am enjoying it more than anything in…. a very long while.

A very large part of What Is Wrong With Britain Today (TM) can be laid at the feet of the BBC, which has drip-fed socialism and ‘progressive liberalism’ into the well of the public’s unconscious since WWII.

If all you ever hear or see is about the wonders of the NHS, the evil that is Israel, hateful Republicans and Tories and the usual menu of half-baked liberalism, that’s …well… that’s all you know.

The BBC is a political advocacy group which by an accident of history has a near-monopoly and massive funding.

It needs to go.

Comment from Redd
Time: November 15, 2012, 1:33 am

So, I guess you are not fans of “The Hour” — neither am I. Leftist, suckup, twaddle.

Comment from Redd
Time: November 15, 2012, 1:36 am

There was an Israeli comedy group that did a very funny skit lampooning the BBC’s coverage of Israel.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 15, 2012, 2:16 am

Y’all need a rather large supply of mill-stones, a bit of rope, & a very deep sexion of ocean.

Comment from QuasiModo
Time: November 15, 2012, 3:00 am

It sure does look like the liberals are trying to bring pedophilia into the mainstream the same way as they’ve been trying to do with gheys and lesbians…we should turn Antarctica into a prison colony and banish them all there

Comment from p2
Time: November 15, 2012, 3:22 am

I didn’t know Jimmy snuffed it… course he’s was eleventy bazillion years old when I left there in 86…. Kinda gives new meaning to the whole Jim’ll fix it phrase…….

Comment from EZnSF
Time: November 15, 2012, 3:32 am

Well, if Benghazi blows up in Obama’s face and a bastion of lib media goes tits-up, it might not be such a bad year after all. Any pedo talk concerning the Guardian?

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 15, 2012, 3:45 am

I have become a serious consumer of the BBC in the last several months thanks to the Web Radio site http://tunein.com/ You’ll find any kind of radio station from every country in every language there. It’s cool.

AM radio wearies me with the breaks every four minutes to sell me something, anything… Bah. That left NPR

However, I cannot, cannot, cannot tolerate NPR anymore. I play what I (with great wit and originality) call the NPR game: I switch it on and I am only allowed to listen until I hear a word such as aides, orphan, cancer, tragic, et al. The game often lasts as long as 45 seconds before I have to change the station.

Now you will say (correctly) that the BEEB is just as bad as NPR, and indeed, it is. However, I pretty strictly limit myself to BBC4 which does less (overt anyhow) politics. I listen to the short stories, and the game shows, and I now know who “The Archers” are. Despite my best efforts to avoid it, I have been hearing constantly about the Jimmy Savile scandal. One thing I don’t understand is that apparently this thing was investigated multiple times and nothing ever done. Power of the BBC to squash the investigation?

However the most interesting show that I ever heard was a show talking about how staff are chosen for jobs at the BBC. It was supposed to be hard hitting, wondering why everyone at the BBC came from the same schools. There were two things that came out. First unpaid internships – only those who had proper educational background can get usually get one (the right schools) and only those with a moneyed family can afford to take one. Then there’s the interview process. It was claimed to be used to find people who would work smoothly with the rest of the staff. It came down to the proper manners and political attitudes. So, Asians and Blacks who had money, went to the right schools, and professed the right attitudes were being hired. However, anyone who didn’t have the right opinions had no chance. It was so British, smug, and insular.

The only way to fix it would be to burn every building to the ground, and shoot them all, and two generations on either side of each employee. A French revolution solution, if you will.

By the way, I can’t help but be amused by a country that thinks they will have fair trials for things that happened during the Thatcher Administration based on childhood memories, but won’t extradite terrorist plotter Abu Qatada to Jordan because they don’t believe he can get a fair trial.


Comment from Davem123
Time: November 15, 2012, 4:34 am

Not to hijack the thread, but here’s another example of the overwhelming arrogance from the Left. From today’s press conference, with a straight face: “I hope and intend to be an even better president in the second term than I was in the first.”

Wow. Pathological.

Comment from Davem123
Time: November 15, 2012, 4:51 am

Of course, that’s not an especially high bar that he’s set for himself, unless his intent is to cause more damage than he’s already done.

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 15, 2012, 5:36 am

Have you signed yet?


Comment from Oceania
Time: November 15, 2012, 5:39 am

Boy Buggarers Club?


Comment from Mike C.
Time: November 15, 2012, 7:26 am

Like all things climate “science” related, you can follow developments in what that wag Anthony Watts is terming “28-gate” at WUWT.


Comment from Oceania
Time: November 15, 2012, 8:43 am

Boy Buggaring at the Climate Centre? Now we know about that hockey stick graph!

Now for something completely different!


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 15, 2012, 11:48 am

Oh, man, how did I neglect to put Anthony Watts on the list? One of my favorites. Thanks, Mike.

Comment from mojo
Time: November 15, 2012, 4:33 pm

Murder will out,
Though Hell itself bar the way.

Comment from Gromulin
Time: November 15, 2012, 5:09 pm

So Jimmy Sevile was sort of a cross between Dick Clark, Captain Kangaroo and Merv Griffin? Am I close? The wikipedia entry leaves a lot of ???.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 15, 2012, 6:34 pm

Well, there ARE a lot of questions and very damn strange facts. Like, thanks his ‘philanthropy’ work, he was given a room and his own set of keys to Broadmoor (high security psychiatric facility). There have been dark hints of necrophilia.

On the other hand, some of this might be piling on by opportunists. Who knows?

Comment from Subotai Bahadur
Time: November 15, 2012, 8:09 pm

Just to note for the record, your item #1 includes

The BBC program Newsnight had an exposé set to run on the scandal last year, which was axed.

It is noteworthy that the boss of the BBC at that particular moment in time, and who almost surely had to know of and approve [if not direct] the axing was one Mark Thompson. Said Mark Thompson started Monday as the new CEO of the New York Times. It is sure that this will only emphasize current trends in NYT coverage.

There are rumors that he had the choice of going to the NYT or to the New Zealand Herald. However he had a greater predilection for underage children than for sheep; so he decided that he was a better fit in New York.

Subotai Bahadur

Comment from Lark
Time: November 15, 2012, 8:11 pm

What’ll you bet Savile told his victims he was “helping” them? Getting excited by abusing people for their own good sounds like the Beeb to me.

I particularly liked the bit that the four BBC reps who set up the climate con(-job/ference) are the ones resigning for the pedo stitch-up.

It’ll all blow over, though; rules are for the ruled, not their betters.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 15, 2012, 8:11 pm

Oh, yes. That’s delicious.

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: November 15, 2012, 9:07 pm

I watch no TV. In a small part because it’s a waste of my precious time, but in a large part because of the TV License, the BBC’s main income stream.

I will not spend my hard-earned money on an organisation which is vehemently opposed to everything I believe in.

Of course, the largest broadcasting empire in the world will come through this intact. Lessons will be learned &c.

And when this blows over, they’ll get right back to their hyper-partisan left-wing agenda.

Comment from Mitchell TAFKAEY
Time: November 15, 2012, 9:50 pm

There have been dark hints of necrophilia.

Come on, who HASN’T dabbled in necrophilia a time or two? Some people leave behind dead sexy corpses.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 15, 2012, 11:59 pm

Okay, I LOL’d.

Comment from Nina
Time: November 16, 2012, 2:37 am

You’ve got to love it when a plan comes together. 🙂

And yay for the kitten. 😉

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: November 20, 2012, 3:15 am

Mark Thompson wrote a letter to Tory MP Rob Wilson stating: “During my time as director general of the BBC, I never heard any allegations or received any complaints about Jimmy Savile” – five weeks after quitting the BBC.

Mark Thompson’s lawyers threatened a libel suit against the Sunday Times if it published allegations of Thompson’s knowledge about Savile in December 2011 – ten days before he resigned from the BBC.

Per the inimitable Guido Fawkes.

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