In response to David Keighley: Failure to tackle endemic BBC bias could derail Brexit, Burkeian wrote:
I take this article very seriously and am rather disturbed by the somewhat complacent attitude to the threat posed by the BBC to the country’s democratic decision in the Referendum.
Clearly, many commenters have long seen through the BBC and its institutionalised bias. However, the assumption that the populace at large has the same clear vision does not hold water. Many seem to think that the BBC is an oracle and is not to be disbelieved. Many enjoy its sub-cultural programmes and accept, without thinking, its insidious campaign over very many years to destroy the social fabric of our society.
I have no doubt myself of the dangerous and all-embracing power of its propaganda, having witnessed it over sixty and more years. The BBC has been corrupted by its own unfettered power, which it has been allowed to wield without let or hindrance by each successive parliament and government – and most shamefully by Conservative ones.
It has been able to do this by the arrangement of the licence fee which gifts it each year some 3,500,000,000 pounds to spend entirely as it will. The extraordinary feature of this licence is that we may not watch any TV of any sort from any source unless we pay this impost to the BBC. This is a gross infringement of a basic liberty and it amazes me it has not been challenged in the courts.
Be that as it may, it gives the BBC almost unlimited power to manipulate news and opinion to suit its own agenda. The narrowness of its recruiting base should long ago have been a cause of real concern to any Conservative government as it has implanted an inveterate left-wing slant to all its political and cultural output.
It is a real threat to Brexit because the process, which will be long and contentious, will have to contend with pro-EU and anti-Brexit propaganda oozing out of every BBC pore , unchallenged by a supine government. Something must be done!