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BEEBWATCH

It may not be new, but that doesn't mean it's not worth saying. Michael Gove takes a shot at the relentlessly one-sided politics of Radio 4. The sad thing is, most of the management won't have a clue what he is talking about. That's how groupthink works:

"Commissioning decisions are made, any one of which is unexceptionable, but which cumulatively re-inforce a particular perspective. Commentators from the Left, such as Jonathan Freedland or Andrew Rawnsley, are given presenting roles which lend them the BBC’s mantle of objectivity. While few would wish to deny that they are talented broadcasters, no equivalent role is given to conservative voices. With the exception of The Week at Westminster, commentators from the Right generally appear as guests, their views clearly signposted as partial, their positions rarely dignified with the authoritative status which their equivalents on the Left enjoy through occupying the presenter’s chair. The impression is thus established that the left-wing take is the naturally objective view, the right-wing perspective a tolerated anomaly.

"There is nothing deliberate about this process. It is simply the case that a world view predominates, which means that the default option, the reaction which will prevail unless challenged, is left-wing. One could sense it very powerfully in the coverage of the American election. British voices supportive of President Bush were very rarely heard, apparent reverses for his policies in Iraq were lavishly covered, and disappointment was audible when news of his victory was established."
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