The UK celebrates, the BBC flounders, and the EU produces fake news yet again
Is the BBC now a Death Star with a death wish?
A weekend special – Celebrations, The BBC, and the EU
Saturday, 1 February, 2020
The huge fight to win the EU Referendum in the first half of 2016 has been dwarfed by the even bigger fight to see democracy respected and the result delivered in all the time since. It has been an exhausting journey.
“The UK is no longer a member of the EU”
“The UK’s EU membership ended at 11pm last night”
Nope, it’s no good – No matter how many times we write it, it still hasn’t quite sunk in. So are we all “free at last”? No, of course not. More than three and a half years after the EU Referendum we have merely achieved step one. Our new-found freedoms will not really start until the end of the Transition Period on 31 December. Only then will we know how free we truly are from the pervasive tentacles of the European Union. (See our factsheet on Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement produced the morning after it was released.)
Still, it’s a start, and this weekend we hope all readers will continue to celebrate.
On this momentous Saturday in the history of the United Kingdom, Brexit Facts4EU.Org brings you observations which are unlikely to figure strongly elsewhere in the media. One is critical of our national broadcaster and the other should amuse you as well as having an important message.
Is BBC News now completely and utterly unfit for purpose?
Off and on yesterday we monitored the output of the BBC, as well as that of Sky News and ITN. We will confine our comments to the nation’s state-sponsored broadcaster, the BBC.
We wondered if perhaps the Beeb had finally realised that it is drinking in the last chance media watering-hole, following its boycotting by the Johnson government in relation to some of its flagship news programmes.
Judging from the dire output about Brexit Day yesterday, it would seem that the answer is no. The BBC really does seem to have a death-wish. Not only was the output biased against Brexit – no great surprises there – but it was also deeply unimpressive, not to say amateurish.
The combination of the BBC’s institutional bias with a continuing descent into what can only be described as a children’s TV level of editorial and presentational standards, leaves us wondering how long it will be before the Government will act. In our opinion this can’t come soon enough.
Yesterday the EU could claim 21.4% of World GDP, according to the latest figures from the IMF. Overnight it fell to just 18.3%, as the EU can no longer count the UK’s massive economic output in its figures. As you will see below, we predicted this correctly back in 2017.
In the modern vernacular, Brexit rocks. The EU machine is foundering on the rocks. And the BBC is simply floundering.[Source: EU Commission]
5 Not4EU, London, Saturday, February 01, 2020, 09:43:
Wow, the picture of the anti-BBC backdrop is simply jaw-dropping. Lord Hall-Hall is out outdoing himself. Goebbels would have been proud. I confess that, like many people, I can no longer watch the anti-BBC. It is simply unwatchable, whether news or programmes. For an institution that openly worships at the feet of the EU, it is quite remarkable that it doesn’t seem to want to inform its viewers of goings on in the EU and its workings. Perhaps they know that if they told the viewers the reality of the EU, many more people would not want to have anything to do with it. Lying by omission seems to be their current mission. Keep the mushrooms dark and feed them bs. Sadly, the anti-BBC has gone past the point of no return. This isn’t a one-off blip that can be turned around. It has been sustained & amplified for so long now that trust will never be restored no matter what they do. As an ex-employee of this once proud institution it makes me very sad that is has become nothing more than an activist lobbying group, a dangerous thing for democracy when it commands the airwaves with penalties for people who do not want to be forced to pay for little more than propaganda. The only way that it might survive now is to make it a subscription service. If their output is good & trusted, they will get the subscribers. Burying the licence in general taxation, as many other countries have done, will not change its behaviour nor the now embedded perception that it is just a Govt propaganda tool. In the anti-BBC’s case, they consider the EU as the ‘Government’.