Category Archives: BBC

The era of ‘post-truth’

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I was appalled to hear a politician talking the other day about ‘the post-truth era’ in relation to all the hoo-hah going on across the pond about Trump’s protestations regarding fake news.

‘Post-truth’ is not a new phenomenon. Wikipedia defines it as “a culture in which debate is framed largely by appeals to emotion disconnected from the details of policy, and by the repeated assertion of talking points to which factual rebuttals are ignored.” It’s been going on for years and, ironically, it has taken the ascendancy to the presidency of a man who does the exact opposite to bring it to a head.

You might not like Trump, but the fact is that when he was campaigning he promised, amongst other things, to build a ‘great big beautiful wall’ across the Mexican border, suspend immigration from countries linked to terrorism ‘until we figure out what the hell is going on’ and to repeal Obamacare. He did all three of these in his first week and people are up in arms about it even though he did exactly what he said he was going to do – something unheard of in the era of post truth politics.

I remember recently having a spat with a fellow blogger about Cuba. Whatever I said made no difference. His opinion was his opinion no matter how I rebutted his arguments and answered his direct questions. He regards me as a pig he was trying to teach to sing. This is a classic reaction to post truth. The ‘facts’ I was being shown were to say the least unsubstantiated and politically motivated. They may well have been true, but the truth is that nobody really knows and if they were true then the reaction was still emotional rather than rational.

During the Brexit campaign we were constantly fed unsubstantiated opinion and speculation presented as truth. In the end, Project Fear turned out to be wholesalely wrong, but that didn’t prevent organisations like the BBC – which used to pride itself on being politically unbiased – presenting it as truth. We see the media across the globe doing exactly the same thing.

And now fake news is bring weaponised in all sorts of fields, political, diplomatic, and economic. Listen to CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and Russia Today relating the same news story and you get totally contradictory presentation of the so called facts. I suspect that none of them are actually presenting facts at all – just opinions and spin. As a wise man once said – ‘There are three sides to every story : your’s, mine and the truth!

Facts are facts. The problem is that nobody actually knows what they are any more…

Children in Need

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Yes, it’s that time of year again. There’s fuck all worth watching on tellie tonight because Pudsey is back…

Now, I know you are going to think that anyone who says that a charity appeal that raises so much for needy cheeldren should be taken off the air just because it’s a load of purile, talentless shite is a fucking miserable bastard, but frankly I don’t give a shit!

BBC Children in Need is just phase one of the charity barrage that signals the start of the Christmas onslaught in earnest. The chuggers are coming, and woe betide you if you tell them to bugger off!

And this year it will be even worse – because we have all those poor unaccompanied ‘refugee children’ like the one in the above picture lurking across the water in France. And we have to help them, don’t we? Well, actually, no we don’t.

Fuck ’em. Let them eat cake. Let them in and their families will miraculously appear to join them and bring even more extremist bomb makers to our shores.

And fuck the BBC’s Children in Need too for condoning them and forcing my grandchildren to dress up in school and be brainwashed into raising money for this load of old bollocks. That’s what really makes me angry! No wonder they grow up to be multicultural, politically correct snowflakes with no grasp of what’s really going on in the world.

I’m not tight fisted. I’m not miserable. But if standing my ground and telling them to shove their appeal up where the sun don’t shine makes a cunt, then I plead guilty…

Sport. WTF?

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I’m back from the wilds of the frozen north where I have been trying to occupy myself whilst not out walking in the rain by watching a bit of tellie. Trouble is that it got so bad that I went out walking in the rain in order to avoid what was on the tellie.

Now, I don’t really have a problem with sport. I’m not that interested in it, but I appreciate that there are lots of people who enjoy it and good luck to them. I just object to having it rammed down my throat at every juncture. I turn on the news in the morning and what do I get? The fucking Olympics – the biggest waste of time effort and money I can think of.

Now I’m not decrying the effort dedication and drugs that it takes to become a top athlete or sportsperson. What I don’t understand is how the fuck anyone can make a career and a paying living out of it whilst pretending to be an amateur. I mean how the fuck do you make a living out of riding a bike, chucking a spear, running about or prancing around on a mat?

And then when the wastes of space involved become famous, they get OBEs and knighthoods and come on the tellie telling us to donate £2 a month to feed a poor starving child in war torn bongo bongo land. Spend the fucking money you pissed up the wall on the bloody Olympics helping them instead FFS! Ask the people living in the shanty towns in Rio how they feel about the Olympics and see what they say.

And while we’re at it, same message to the Catholic Church. Flog off a few pieces from the Vatican museum and see how many people you can save for that before shoving the begging bowl under my nose. And that Tom Hiddleston and fuck off too while we’re at it…

But I digress. No news, just Olympics. No BBC1 programmes except Olympics. I looked at the BBC1 schedule for this week. The Olympic coverage is wall to wall from around 11am to the early hours of the next day except when there’s a break for the bloody football. And the big news? Some cunts in Manchester have paid £90million for a player. FFS! Ninety million bloody quid for some cunt to kick a ball about on a bit of grass!!! How many starving families in bongo bongo land could you feed with that little lot?

No, sport has got totally out of hand and, frankly, it’s pretty bloody boring as well…

Bowiefest update

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Anybody see Newswatch on the BBC on Saturday morning? It was really quite predictable…

The odd viewer banging on about the ‘cultural icon, political activist and gender identity champion’ David Bowie being given his rightful place supplanting all other news for days on end. And then there were the masses of viewers complaining about the excessive coverage afforded on BBC News.

Personally, I agreed with the viewer that they brought into the studio to confront the news editor responsible for the excessive scheduling. Her point was that presenting his death as the lead story and devoting the first 17 minutes of a broadcast to him was a bit over the top – especially when you follow it by cancelling the next programme and broadcasting a 30 minute documentary devoted to his music and achievements. I have to agree with her. Five minutes would have been plenty and then follow it with the obit programme.

What got me was also the reference to what an inspiration he was to the baby boomer generation. My wife is a baby boomer. She rightly points out that Bowie totally passed her by because he wasn’t her generation. I’m a few years younger and I was aware of him, but not as a massive influence.

‘Political activist’ – that one passed me by too and I take a keen interest in politics. ‘Gender identity’ – well, that wasn’t a phrase that was even mentioned in the 20th century as far as I can remember?

Anyhow, the latest theory is that he isn’t really dead, he just wanted some privacy! As far as I could see he was getting that privacy anyway, but then again better a has been than a never was. I’d love the conspiracy to be true and for him to be discovered living next door to Elvis in a bus on the moon (was that him in the John Lewis Christmas ad???).

Finding him alive really would make all those griefjackers look so so stupid – which is frankly what they deserve.

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Step forward Dylan Jones. Never let it be said that grief and sentimentality ever got in the way of turning a profit!

Dylan’s an old friend of ours – see here. He wrote a lovely tribute in the Fail on Sunday about the night that Bowie first appeared on Top of the Pops and, according to Dylan, “changed music forever”! FFS!

Why this glowing tribute? Well, it seems that Dylan’s biography of Bowie is published this week, price £15

Presumably he’s been holding it back using his insider knowledge of exactly when Bowie was going to peg out. Or maybe he just writes very, very quickly?

What a cynical money grubbing little shit…!

Is Cameron really a Time Lord ?

Proof has emerged that The Doctor is alive and well and living amongst us.

These dramatic pictures were taken behind doors in Downing Street as the 83rd Doctor, Tony Blair, regenerated into David Cameron.

This explains why these two men’s thinking is so alien to most of the population.

Of course, you might doubt this unassailable evidence as the two men have been seen side by side by the public in the past, but let’s not forget that the Tardis – stored safely away in the Number 10 basement – is a time travelling machine so it’s quite possible for a Time Lord to be in two places at the same time.

Speculation is now mounting as to whether Iain Duncan-Smith is just another alien regeneration and whether Jeremy Corbyn is really The Master…