The BBC Three-Step.
All media, the state and corporate, the mainstream and alternative, the left and right alike have biases and blind spots. Ok, that was not news. The key is to get your news from multiple sources and check everything out with others having opposing biases and blind spots. But the fact that all media (and people) have this tendency is not an excuse to ignore it. If an organization is not even willing to put a little effort into hiding its flaws we should all point and laugh and throw rocks (small ones please, this is not Iran).
Get your jeers and pebbles ready for...
The BBC News online.
They have a tendency to do this:
- Take a news story that reports some news about the world as it is.
- Extensively quote some "expert" to make reality look the way you wish it was. In this case it was an economist who believes that the free-market, free-trade, free-people laws that the Americans have brought in, which would cause Iraq to be the most open modern economy on the planet once it gets running at full speed, are BAD. Of course, they are ignoring the fact that the number of economists on the planet that would agree with him is probably too small to play street hockey with. Earlier the BBC did this with a "hunger expert" with the U.N. who got his job for his anti-Israel, anti-U.S. views and has been doing a damn sad job ever since, at least as "hunger expert". (Sorry it is more like "Rapporteur to the Most High U.N. on the Rights of the Hungry to Food Which is Being Stolen By Fat Westerners" or something like that. I wonder if there is a Secretary to the Rapporteur to the Most High U.N. on the Rights of the Hungry to Food Which is Being Stolen By Fat Westerners.)
- Completely ignore or refuse to look up embarrassing facts about your so-called expert. In the "modern economic thought is wrong for Iraq but right in the rest of the universe" story they have overlooked the fact that this economist is a long time activist against the war. If Iraq's economy blossoms it will make his opposition to the occupation look foolish yet we are to believe that he has thrown out all of the long tested and true principles of modern economic thought with Iraq's best interests in mind? You would think that in the interests of full disclosure the BBC would mention this little tid bit about him but instead he is presented as representing some unstatedly large portion of economists. Just as the report of the Rapporteur... is presented as if it was from a credible source with no hint of the "expert's" bias.