Michael Buerk: “The Guardian is the BBC’s bible”

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    4th April 2011

    Over at my other blog The Feral Press I made this link between the BBC and The Guardian. [More posts from The Feral Press at end.]

    Good to see that Michael Buerk agrees with me. [H/t to Cif Watch]

    The veteran journalist accused BBC staff of making the left-wing Guardian newspaper their “bible” and political correctness “their creed”.

    Mr Buerk, who presents Radio 4’s Moral Maze, was reviewing the memoir of his former colleague, Peter Sissons, who also attacks the BBC for having “institutional bias”.

    Writing in political magazine Standpoint, Mr Buerk said: “What the BBC regards as normal and abnormal, what is moderate or extreme, where the centre of gravity of an issue lies, are conditioned by the common set of assumptions held by the people who work for it.”

    He added: “It’s all very well-meaning, and painstakingly even-handed, but often notably adrift of the overriding national sentiment.”

    Although he praised some BBC managers, including Mark Thompson, the director general, Mr Buerk said some of his bosses were “totally transparent t******.”

    He concluded: “For those of us who love the place, and what it should stand for, these are worrying times.”

    Mr Buerk, 65, has previously criticised BBC newsreaders, saying their role was “the only job that actually requires no talent at all”.

    He also caused controversy in 2005 when he claimed life was now lived “according to women’s rules” and men were reduced to little more than “sperm donors”.



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    3 Responses to “Michael Buerk: “The Guardian is the BBC’s bible””

    1. Peter Reynolds Says:

      Well said Michael Buerk except for approval of Mark Thompson, who is a corrupt, vastly overpaid proselytiser for the Pope and should be summarily dismissed for this outrageous conflict of interest.

    2. keeptonyblairforpm Says:

      Why don’t you change the habit of a lifetime and say what you think about Thompson, Peter?


      I’ve also seen another post on this online which says, more or less, that no retraction is of any use – the damage is already done. A little like with that “war criminal” – Tony Blair.


    3. Stan Says:

      Just been listening to a decent BBC political programme for a change, Esler on Eichmann (coming to the BBC I Player soon).

      I suggest that Mr Reynolds clicks on to it when it appears to remind himself of what Nazis REALLY got up to before comparing the Israelis with them.

      There’s nothing more “unreasonable and unpleasant” (to quote Mr Reynolds words about me elsewhere at this blog) than to make comparisons like that.

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