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When is a protest not a protest? When the BBC decides


AFTER watching this tweet yesterday, I flicked to the BBC website to see how our ‘national’ broadcasters were dealing with thousands of protesters parked on their doorstep. After months of lockdown and just as long slating these people as anti-vaxxers, conspiracy theorists and, in some cases, far-Right thugs, you’d think some in Broadcasting House might be feeling a little jumpy at the multitude demonstrating outside. I anticipated a video pop-up and accompanying article, perhaps by a sagacious 25-year-old, in which the BBC would trot out the same lines – ‘only a small number . . . anti-vaxxers . . . conspiracy theorists’ etc, etc.

What did I find?

Nothing. The demonstrators, some no doubt annoyed at the BBC’s ignoring their actions, made a beeline this time for Broadcasting House to protest not only for freedom and against the lockdown but against the BBC. The BBC responded in kind by completely ignoring their complaints. Typical.

They did, however, cover the ‘thousands’ who marched in protest against the violence in Israel and Gaza.

Led by the noted Jewish sympathiser Jeremy Corbyn and a number of Labour MPs, including John McDonnell and Diane Abbott, marchers made their way through London in protest at the violence in the Middle East conflict, urging our government to intervene. Not for peace, mind, but as the organisers put it, to stop ‘Israel’s brutal violence against and oppression of the Palestinian people’.

The BBC report had no labels for the marchers, unlike on the rare occasions it reports an anti-lockdown rally. There were no descriptions of anti-Semites in the crowd, no thuggish behaviour, no slight against the far Left. Nope, none of that. To all intents and purposes, these people came out, there was no rioting or fighting with the police, they got their message across, ho hum and home. The BBC didn’t report on the two men who scaled the Daily Mail building in Kensington to tear down union flags and replace them with Palestinian flags while the police watched on. No, that’d be too inconvenient.

This link tells a different story from that put forward by the BBC. Not peaceful or controlled at all. Israeli flags were set on fire by some of the protesters. There were nine arrests and nine police officers were injured. The BBC managed to report ‘a minority climb scaffolding on Kensington High Street’ and ‘a minority of protesters had thrown objects at police’.

If these contrasting marches and the stories which followed them don’t tell you what you want to know from our ‘impartial state broadcaster,’ what will? Regardless of whether you’re pro or anti lockdown, the freedom marches are important and should have been reported by the BBC. Once again, they have shown their true colours by ignoring a large number of people with genuine concerns about the direction of our country and the draconian measures forced on them.

I don’t expect our government to oust their propaganda machine any time soon but I await the day when someone with courage at the top of our country forces them to survive in the free market.

As TCW commenter ‘Alan Llandrindod Wells’ says, ‘the BBC cannot be reformed. It must be shut down.’ I’m inclined to agree.

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Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey
Michael Fahey is a social conservative and mental health carer.

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