Peter Sissons, one the UK’s most senior and respected broadcasters, has condemned the institutionalised anti-Christian bias of the BBC in his memoirs, ‘When One Door Closes’, which he identifies as one element of the ‘left-wing’ mindset dominant among BBC journalists.
The Daily Mail reports:
‘In those memoirs he writes that in the BBC’s “pervading culture” of anti-Christianity, “Islam must not be offended at any price, although Christians are fair game because they do nothing about it if they are offended.”
“At the core of the BBC, in its very DNA, is a way of thinking that is firmly of the Left. The one thing guaranteed to damage your career prospects at the BBC is letting it be known that you are at odds with the prevailing and deep-rooted BBC attitude towards Life, the Universe and Everything.’
BBC editorial policies, he said, are “rarely spelled out” but “percolate through” the organization. Among them is that “whatever the United Nations is associated with is good” and it is “heresy” to question it. “Soaking the rich is good,” and “government spending is a good thing … The Royal Family is a bore … All green and environmental groups are very good things. Al Gore is a saint.”
“By far” the most popular newspapers read among BBC executives and staff, Sissons said, are the country’s two far-left papers, The Guardian and The Independent. “Producers refer to them routinely for the line to take on ¬running stories, and for inspiration on which items to cover. I lost count of the number of times I asked a producer for a brief on a story, only to be handed a copy of The Guardian and told ‘it’s all in there’.” And those who want to read the Daily Mail are well advised, he said, to keep quiet about it. “Wrap them in brown paper or a copy of The Guardian.”
Protect the Pope comment: In the aftermath of Pope Benedict’s visit there was a brief controversy caused by Jack Valero’s dismissal of the assertion that the UK media has an anti-Catholic bias. Protect the Pope held then, and still holds, the position that major broadcasters and newspapers are on the whole anti-Christian and anti-Catholic. Peter Sissons’ admission that in the BBC there is a ‘pervading culture of anti-Christianity’ confirms Protect the Pope’s position.
I suspect that in his heart of hearts Jack Valero knows that the media that he deals with on a weekly basis are anti-Christian, and most particularly anti-Catholic, but he has to maintain a working relationship with them. One of the things the media never forgive is the accusation that they are prejudiced or touting an idealogical position. They adamantly present the fiction that they are neutral reporters of the news, who never let their personal opinions effect their reports. They portray anyone who accuses them of being anti-Christian or anti-catholic as ‘cranks’ or ‘conspiracy-nuts with the intention of discrediting them. You can detect their intention in the incredulous, slightly mocking way they ask the question, ‘So you believe there is a conspiracy in the media against Catholics?’
But as Peter Sissions so revealingly puts it, ‘BBC editorial policies, he said, are “rarely spelled out” but “percolate through” the organization.’ This is a conspiracy of ideas that promotes a definite mindset. Nothing is put in writing, but it seems every journalist knows what their editors want to read, and what they don’t want to read. More often than not they don’t want to read anything positive about Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church if they can help it. During the Holy Father’s visit their anti-Catholic bias was overwhelmed by the enthusiastic welcome of Pope Benedict by the crowds. For a brief moment we had a ‘velvet revolution’ in the UK that overwhelmed the liberal hegemony of the media.