-By Warner Todd Huston
Mark Thompson is the outgoing Director of England’s British Broadcasting Corp. and now, word is he’s eyeing a new job over here in the Colonies. Apparently Thompson’s interviewing to become the next chief of the New York Times. Yes, the very BBC chief that was forced to admit that his TV network was hopelessly left biased now wants to take over the most left biased paper in America. Nice fit, I guess.
You may recall that in 2010 Mr. Thompson admitted that the BBC sported a “massive” left-wing bias and that it was “a struggle” to keep the Beeb impartial.
At the time Thompson’s public comments were considered the clearest admission of the BBC’s left-wing bias by a senior staff member.
Then in 2010, Thompson claimed that he was doing his best to eliminate the bias, but even by 2012 he was still doing more admitting, at that point saying that Christianity gets less sensitive treatment on the BBC than other religions.
In fact, the anti-Christian bias is so bad on the Beeb that during that time hundreds of Christians were protesting outside BBC facilities.
One of the complaints Christians had was that the BBC would never attack Islam the way it constantly attacked Christianity. Thompson admitted the essential truth to that charge. In defense of his network he said that Christianity was “broad shouldered” enough to take the BBC’s barbs.
Thompson’s glib assurances that he would again try to eliminate the bias did not make anyone feel any better, though. In essence his message to Christians was that he would still never sanction attacks on Islam, that he had no problem going after Christians, and that Christians should just sit back and take it.
Now he’s looking to take on the most left biased paper in America? I am sure if he gets the job we’ll get the same constant stream of bland assurances that he’s sure to clear up the bias, that he regrets the loss of respect his news outlet is suffering, and that if we juuuust give him a chance, why, we’ll be sure to come to love his work.
Not holding my breath, are you?
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Warner Todd Huston is a Chicago based freelance writer. He has been writing opinion editorials and social criticism since early 2001 and before that he wrote articles on U.S. history for several small American magazines. His political columns are featured on many websites such as Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com, BigHollywood.com, and BigJournalism.com, as well as RightWingNews.com, RightPundits.com, CanadaFreePress.com, StoptheACLU.com, AmericanDaily.com, among many, many others. Mr. Huston is also endlessly amused that one of his articles formed the basis of an article in Germany’s Der Spiegel Magazine in 2008.
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