Thursday, 19 April 2018

BBC asserts it is a propaganda organisation

Annita McVeigh revealed that the BBC sees itself as engaging in propaganda to support the British state. The astonishing admission came during an interview with Admiral West. He was making the point that the story that President Assad had conducted a chemical weapons attack was unlikely, when the BBC interviewer interrupted to rebuke the retired military officer. She said: "We're in an information war with Russia..."

McVeigh's assertion reveals that the BBC sees itself as a partisan in a war against Russia and is prepared to suppress the truth and propagate lies to win that war. In the particular context of the interview, this clearly indicates that McVeigh knows the British government's narrative is false - a narrative that was used as a justification for an act of aggression, the supreme war crime, as established by the Nuremberg Tribunal. The same tribunal also established, by its trial of Julius Streicher, that using the media to propagandise for war is a crime against humanity.

Even if knowing the history of the Nuremberg Tribunal is too esoteric for McVeigh, she must know that he BBC is required by its Charter, to "provide impartial news and information to help people to understand and engage with the world". This commitment to accuracy and impartiality is repeated throughout the charter, and the BBC constantly boasts of its commitment to accuracy and impartiality. The presentation of false news and information directly and clearly violates this purpose. Moreover, the BBC is funded by licence payers and the licence fee is a tax in all but name. It is outrageous that the British people are forced to fund an organisation that sees its role as lying to the British people. This adds injury to insult.

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