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BBC: Brainwashing Britain?: How and why the BBC controls your mind Paperback – 28 Nov 2018
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According to David Sedgwick a group called the Frankfurt School of thinkers left Nazi Germany and entered universities where they started bending young, impressionable minds. From the universities their left liberal philosophy percolates via its alumni into all higher strata of civil service and media.
His identifying of how brainwashing is done is edifying - entertain the masses with drivel - Bake Off, Strictly etc., lie by omission (don't report or else "bury" news that doesn't fit the Agenda), influence by choice of vocabulary when reporting and frighten or insult all "wrong thinkers" so they keep their opinions quiet.
What is the point of all this psychological manipulation? That we will have a better world if the elite "right thinkers" are in charge and the rabble of "wrong thinkers" either shut up or are re-educated.
I used to enjoy the BBC and unquestioningly so until about 20 years ago when I first noticed its agenda. Rather like the EU it started off benign and over time has become more and more controlling, opinionated and self righteous.
David Sedgwick accuses BBC employees of having a hive mentality the like of which doesn't exist in other large corporations. He says, and quotes ex employees saying, that if you are a "wrong thinker" or read the wrong newspapers you will never progress within the BBC.
He refers to their journalists as activists, regurgitating other left/liberal tweets and news sources rather than doing their job of investigating. Often these journalists are giving personal views instead of facts.
Like Orwell's dystopian1984 they have hate figures about whom they can demonstrate their group hate and check each other's faith and allegiance - Trump (jeer, sneer) Robinson (jeer, sneer) Daily Mail readers, Brexiteers, white Christian males etc.
"Right Thinkers" are globalists, left of centre, sexually fluid, multicultural, no borders etc etc.
The bias is plain to see, once you open your eyes and mind, unless you are part of the cult.
The reason for three stars - I think the book is poorly edited. It rambles and rants in places so that hard hitting points are lost in the foam. Every day there are dozens of examples of the BBC burying "unsuitable" news, editing, omitting, refining news to push their agendas but I didn't feel there were nearly enough examples. Finally, many many people moan about BBC bias and can't bear to watch it but in Sedgwick's book he keeps quoting from the same half dozen sources - Robin Aitken, Peter Sissons etc.
This book will appeal to those already aware of BBC agendas and people-programming, however I think sceptics will lose patience.
Last word - the Kindle version was dire with a terrible layout - rushed out?
No matter what your political persuasion, if you expect a publicly funded broadcaster to adhere to the editorial values in its charter and exercise 'accuracy and impartiality' in the news which it presents to the public, you will be outraged at how the BBC deliberately and cynically flouts these values on a daily basis.
It's high time the BBC was broken up.
What this book does is concentrate and document the many, many instances of blatant bias.
Only given the book 4 stars as believe it was rushed out and could have been edited better but still Essential reading
We need a campaign to enable the public to see the actual editing process that the BBC uses to select its news items ,the guests it chooses to appear , the politics of its comedy shows and dramas and the BBC editors questioned about their editing choices.
The famous period drama screenwriter Davies has just said that he is now told by the BBC that all females in his scripts have to be strong independent females - there is no place for softies
The impression one has is that the BBC does not care anymore about being seen to be biased in niche areas such as Climate Change,Feminism,Israel/Palestine,Multi-Culturalism and Trump as long as it keeps the Labour and Tory parties happy that the BBC is trying their best to give both major parties equal and fair coverage in their news affair programmes.