Over the past couple of weeks Catholic bloggers have posted evidence of collusion between the BBC and dissenting Catholics which faithful Catholics have long suspected. The BBC’s editorial policy appears to be the ‘enemy of my enemy is my friend’, having found in The Tablet and Catholics for Changing Church enemies of Pope Benedict and the magisterium of the Catholic Church.
The Scottish Catholic composer has posted about his experience of being interviewed by dissenting Catholic ed Stourton on BBC Radio 4′s Sunday programme:
‘There is growing disquiet about the umbilical links between the Tablet, now Catholic in name only, and the BBC’s Sunday programme where the linchpin is Ed Stourton, whose show mounts Left-wing broadsides, week after week, against orthodoxy. Stourton is also a trustee of the Tablet. Is licence fee money being used to boost the Tablet and its agenda? If so, lucky for them. As a Contributing Editor to the Catholic Herald and Scottish Catholic Observer, I, and the staff there, would be stunned to receive such open-armed encouragement.
I was on the Sunday programme on BBC Radio 4 a few years ago, being interviewed by Mr Stourton. I could tell, as the discussion went on, that he was not enjoying it, and he seemed surprised that I was not wanting to whinge about Rome in the face of ample encouragement from his good self. The week before he had given an uber-friendly, slightly ingratiating interview with Valerie J Stroud, one of the most prominent “Catholic” dissenters from Rome, from an organisation called Catholics for a Changing Church, who are always banging on negatively about the Pope etc etc.
I’m not really sure what is Catholic about this organisation; I mean, in the sense that being Catholic might involve believing in what the Catholic Church teaches, but I might be old-fashioned in these matters. However, could you imagine the BBC daring to wheel on a Muslim who mounts sustained and bitter assaults on key aspects of Mohammed’s message, while claiming he was an Islamic spokesman?
Anyway, I brought up Stourton’s friendly chat with Ms Stroud at the end of my interview with him, drawing attention to the fact that she had let slip that her organisation was getting marvellous and helpful support from within the media. Stourton thanked me at the end of our conversation – I was doing the interview down the line from Glasgow – and after we had finished, I was slow in taking my headphones off. I’m glad I was, because I would have missed the conversation between Stourton and his producer, both obviously miffed at my final point. Eventually Stourton said: “Well it’s OK, we can obviously cut that bit out of the broadcast.” And, of course, they did.’
The excellent ‘Is the BBC Biased’ website has published a survey conducted over the past 22 months that reveals in detail the hand in glove relationship between The Tablet and BBC radio’s flagship programme on religion, Radio 4′s Sunday. Its presenter Ed Stourton is a trustee of The Tablet.
Protect the Pope recommends interested readers go to Is the BBC biased and read the entire post.
Protect the Pope comment: During the recent crisis at the BBC time and again journalists and commentators have talked in hushed tones about the BBC’s world famous reputation for the impartiality and balance of its journalism, and how this needs to be repaired after its failure to report the Saville abuse allegations and its more recent appalling calumny against Lord McAlpine.
Catholics in this country have known for decades that the BBC’s reputation for impartiality and balance is a lie, created by very skillful propagandists. The BBC’s coverage of the Troubles in Northern Ireland was blatantly biased against the Catholic community. And the animus of the BBC against Pope Benedict and the Catholic Church was blindingly obvious in the run up to the Holy Father’s state visit to the UK in 2010.
The lack of impartiality and balance in the Sunday programme’s coverage of the Catholic Church has now been exposed for all to see in black and white. Will anything change? Judging by the BBC’s past record for smug complacency and obduracy, not a chance.
H/T Fr Ray Blake http://marymagdalen.blogspot.co.uk/