Top critical review
Thought provoking but needs more editing...
25 December 2018
There is an awful lot to agree with in this conspiracy theory book that accuses the BBC of being unrelentingly left-liberal biased. The premise is that the rot started after the First World War and as the Proles failed to turn to communism to improve their lives it was now up to the self-appointed elites to show them the way.
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?