BBC Reviewing Programs for Bias

The British Bias Corporation (formerly known as the British Broadcasting Corporation) is surprised that people might believe that they are biased. So in response to this, they are going to hold an “impartiality review” to find out if it’s true.

London ( – Amid continuing fallout here over allegations of liberal bias at the British Broadcasting Corporation, a senior executive at the public broadcaster has lashed out at the press for making “mischief.”

With critics having complained for years that the BBC is left-leaning and anti-American, the BBC has embarked on a lengthy “impartiality review” of its news programs.

Accounts of a seminar held last month in London and involving top BBC reporters and high-profile figures were leaked to the British press this week.

Washington correspondent Justin Webb was quoted as saying that the BBC constantly treated America with “scorn and derision” and that he had to go to senior management to fight against this bias.

The BBC “diversity czar” Mary Fitzpatrick reportedly said during the seminar that she was fine with Muslim newsreaders being veiled. Many in the group admitted concerns about offending Islamic sensibilities.

In addition, seminar attendees allegedly agreed that it would be acceptable to throw a Bible in the trash as part of a comedy sketch, but not the Koran, and that they would line up for an interview with terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden.

The BBC press office has made no official comment on these reports, but in a brief article on the broadcaster’s website, News Director Helen Boaden wrote that reports of the seminar had been “distorted.”

She said that the discussions held had been hypothetical, designed to produce debate and ideas, and that they did not represent BBC policy.

The broadcaster was not a liberal “chattering class club” as frequently depicted by the London tabloids, Boaden wrote.

“It’s a shame that the newspapers have made mischief with the seminar,” Boaden said. “But we won’t let this small storm put us off trying to get impartiality right.”

Marc Landers, a Scotland-based American who monitors the BBC for bias, said he has seen the broadcaster poison the atmosphere over the years with its anti-Western, anti-American and pro-Islamist reporting.

Since Landers first came to Britain in the 1970s, he had witnessed it turn countless British friends and acquaintances against the U.S., he told Cybercast News Service.

On his website, USS Neverdock, Landers has spent the last several years documenting instances of BBC bias.

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