BBC - The News Suppression CorporationNot only is the BBC biased against Israel, which one can observe simply by watching it. But now it turns out, the BBC is going to court, using public funds supplied to them by the execrable license act (of which more anon), to suppress The Balen Report under the Freedom of Information Act, which is believed to contain evidence of the BBC's anti-Israeli bias in its news programming.
So what do we have here? A news corporation - whose job is to report the news - trying to suppress inflammatory and unbecoming news about itself - news that might embarrass the BBC publicly and make the public question its journalistic standards.
Is there any becoming reason the BBC would want to prevent the news from this report from becoming public? A becoming reason?
Norm Geras wonders: If the report does include such evidence, why isn't the BBC brave enough to release it anyway and answer whatever case it feels it may need to?
From their actions, they give the appearance that they consider the charges unanswerable.
*The license fee is a fee that all people resident in Britain must pay in order to view tv legally in their dwellings. The current cost for a colour television licence is £131.50 There are no exceptions, for people on welfare or low incomes, except for pensioners over the age of 75.
The licence fee goes directly to the BBC, and forms approximately 75% of its income...
Collection is enforced by criminal law. However, since 1991, the revenue is collected privately by the BBC and does not pass through the state before reaching the BBC, and hence it is inaccurate to refer to the BBC as a "state broadcaster".
So, a broadcasting company that receives 75% of its information from the British residents who want to watch TV, on pain of threats of jail, is now trying to prevent those same people from gaining information about its journalistic standards and practices.