The Institute of Economic Affairs’ Christopher Snowdon has a neat little thread on BBC propaganda over on Twitter.
In it, he demonstrates how the corporation willfully misrepresents research findings that don’t fit their agenda – in this case, turning a report on alcohol related deaths back on itself by 180° in order to promote the falsehood that minimum pricing on alcohol (ie, higher taxes) saves lives. Spoiler alert: it doesn’t.
Here’s the thread in full:
This is far from the first time that the BBC has engaged in obvious propaganda – although at least this time it’s not aimed squarely at children. But still, one wonders how much longer this can go on.
Just nine days ago, Britain regained her freedom and independence. As a country we are now free to shape ourselves in any manner we please. As the nation’s broadcaster, not only is the BBC actively hampering that discussion, it is skewing it to the answer it wants.
But that tactic didn’t work during the referendum debate when the corportation wheeled out every high profile Remainer under the sun to sneer at Brexiteers, nor during the two years following the vote in which we were told a “hard” Brexit (ie, Brexit) would bring death, destruction, and a shortage of sandwiches to our shores.
The British people have amply proven their resilience to Pravda-style techniques over the last few years. It must be clear to all within the corporation that continuing with these tactics will only prompt a fierce battle for the soul of the nation.
But then again, as good students of Marx, who loved a nice bit of revolutionary socialism in his day, perhaps a fight is precisely what the BBC is hankering after.
From their perspective it’s a win-win. Either the British people accept their socialist agenda or the country descends into in-fighting and strife. Either would suit their goals.
For those of us who want to see our country restored, Brexit was the easy part. We could register our dissent peacefully and lawfully through the ballot box in a way that was very difficult to argue with. Now comes the hard part: taking on the battle for the soul of the country without resorting to base measures. It can be done, but only if we are willing to hold the line on peaceful resistance.