14th November 2010
UPDATE, 3rd Dec: John Rentoul links to this site with his ‘BBC Bias on Iraq’ article. Notice how the usual “Blair haters” never respond to the actual point of the story. They just regurgitate their own prejudices. The WE ALL KNOWERS are alive and well (sort of) and still after the best of us, never the worst.
UPDATE: A 2nd instalment for the day of ‘BBC Bias’ is now online – “On Poppy Burners & Arrest of an EDL member”
DISGRACEFUL BBC BIAS ON REMEMBRANCE DAY
AIRBRUSHING TONY BLAIR
[Picture above thanks to DayLife here]
David Dimbleby reporting on politicians attending: “former prime ministers Sir John Major, Gordon Brown…” and that was it, even as Tony Blair walked in front of the camera.
What? No Tony Blair?
As I watched the BBC’s coverage from the cenotaph this morning I wondered for a time if I was being paranoid. I noted from the start that the BBC’s cameras seemed to be strategically positioned in order NOT to fall at any time on Tony Blair. They will deny this, of course, but I DO know something about editing by camera position.
The prime minister who took the momentous decisions to take Britain to war in both Iraq and Afghanistan was hardly ever noticeable and never lingered on. Worse still, the broadcaster, supposedly respected by many it seems, David Dimbleby CLEARLY had made a decision or was instructed NOT to mention Mr Blair as even being present.
Now, I realise that the remembrance service is about the armed services and not about politicians, and rightly so. I have often attended the cenotaph commemoration service and if not there I usually attend my local service. BUT the dreadful and utterly biased BBC strategy of omitting Blair from the whole picture was clear as day.
He was standing in the second row of politicians next to John Major, and behind Nick Clegg who was next to David Cameron.
As Cameron moved to lay his wreath at the cenotaph we got a view of Sir John Major directly behind. But as Mr Clegg and the others went to lay their wreaths the camera in use was changed to a side shot. From that position we could NOT see who was behind Mr Clegg, although we had been given a full-on shot of John Major as Cameron moved to lay his wreath.
As if that wasn’t bad enough (and still not even a mention of the presence of Britain’s recent and most significant war decision-maker) THIS happened.
As the politicians left the scene in Whitehall, Brown, Major AND BLAIR and others, Dimbleby said- “former prime ministers, Sir John Major, Gordon Brown…”
NO MENTION OF TONY BLAIR!
Not even a reference to his being there.
Disgraceful. And we the licence payers PAY for THIS?
MORE ON LONDON’S REMEMBRANCE DAY SERVICE
On his second visit to the region Prince William laid a wreath at Camp Bastion, Helmand Province, Afghanistan. (See report, AOL UK News)
The second in line to the throne was accompanied by Defence Secretary Liam Fox who placed his own floral tribute during the event on Sunday morning.
Dr Fox said: “Remembrance Sunday is a time when the entire country stops to recognise the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces on our behalf.
“I am extremely proud that Prince William and I could come to Camp Bastion to stand alongside the men and women serving in Afghanistan today.
“I pay tribute to them, and everyone who has served before them in this conflict, and others on behalf of the freedoms that the British people enjoy.”
They were accompanied by senior British military officers in theatre, including Commander British Forces, Lieutenant General James Bucknall, Commander Task Force Helmand, Brigadier James Chiswell and the British Ambassador to Kabul, Sir William Patey.
Prince William left Camp Bastion for the UK soon after the memorial.
PREVIOUS POSTS HERE ON BBB BIAS
- BBC’s Iraq Inquiry coverage (and impartiality rules) under scrutiny
- BBC APOLOGISES TO BLAIR. Oh, sorry, I meant GELDOF. Well, it’s a start
- Top BBC reporter guilty of misrepresenting Iraq Inquiry evidence
I did not expect the BBC to refer to Mr Blair’s generous donation to the Royal British Legion of millions of pounds – ALL the proceeds from his memoirs. They clearly believe he did this for the wrong reasons. But I am utterly ashamed that they airbrushed Britain’s most significant prime minister in over half a century, like it or not, from this commemoration. And people wonder why I am still writing this blog. It’s called fairness.
Like most of us in this country I want to thank the services to the dedication to freedom and democracy of our armed forces, HERE and around the world.
We WILL remember.
Just spotted this useful graphic at Guido Fawkes’ site.
If this is accurate, and it probably is, since 1945 only 3,431 British soldiers have died in combat. I say “only” because comparatively it IS “only” !! From 1914 to 1945, (31 years) it was one and a quarter million. From 1945 to 2010 (65 years) it was a three and a half thousand. This is about 0.27% of the 1914-1945 period.
While not meaning to belittle any deaths in wars of any magnitude, necessity or ferocity, I have long held the view that the screams of – “so many soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan” – is completely wrong-headed and worse disingenuous. It’s not only wrong-headed because in fact for 6/9 years wars there are actually FEW soldiers who have died in the ongoing Middle East wars. It is disingenuous because those who scream those words the loudest are never, or at least seldom those in the frontline. The screamers have a different agenda. Only, they are not honest enough or perhaps bright enough to admit it or even know it. Their agenda is so-called liberal understanding for all – aka capitulation to evil.
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“All countries need a leader who isn’t afraid to fight terrorism. I believe Mr. Blair did a necessary job in helping his allies. Are we all just supposed to lie down and wait for them to come for us, I don’t think so.”
And – “Mr. Blair is one of the finest politicians to have had the privilege of serving the United Kingdom, and Britons are fortunate to have had him as their Prime Minister. Time will show that Mr. Blair’s approach to affairs in the Middle East were and remain correct. From a member of the Commonwealth, thank you, Mr. Blair, for your continued service to legitimate and lasting (and not convenient or politically expedient) freedom.”
AND – “Tony Blair was the greatest Prime Minister since Winston Churchill and the only regret I have he didn’t get my vote as I live in Canada.”
AND – “I am sick and tired of television and radio interviewers asking the same old questions over and over, regarding the decision to go to war in Iraq, presumably they hope Mr Blair will let slip some secret information which they would then use against him. History will show if the decision was the right one, (I believe it was) but people must accept that Tony Blair is an honourable man, and made his decision based on the known facts and not with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight.”
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