Why is the BBC spending £3.8billion of our licence fee money spreading fake left-wing news?

Why is the BBC spending £3.8billion of our licence fee money spreading fake left-wing news?

WITH its usual smugness, the BBC declared at the end of last year that it was on a mission “to counter fake news” by standing up “for trust, accuracy, and integrity.”
Yet, when it comes to dodgy coverage, the Corporation can be one of the worst offenders.
EPA Amber Rudd, of the Department of Work and Pensions , has claimed many of the reports about people on Universal Credit are inaccurate
Paid for by the whopping £3.8 billion that our TV licence fee raises annually, the BBC is tasked with providing a public service – ‘to inform, educate and entertain’.
Yet a number of recent news stories have shed light on an uncomfortable truth: that, far from ‘informing’ the public, our national broadcaster is guilty of spreading misinformation.
As our best-funded, most important broadcaster,  one of its central tenets should be political impartiality – so why is the BBC peddling left-wing propaganda rather than reporting the news?
Nowhere is this bias clearer than in its analysis of welfare reform.
Ever since the Tories came to power in 2010, the BBC has kept up a barrage of wailing about the misery created by Government cuts in benefits.
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But the Corporation has plumbed new depths of emotional blackmail with its attacks on the Conservatives’ flagship policy of Universal Credit, which is designed to simplify the welfare system by rolling a number of payments into one.
While the current system does have its flaws, which The Sun has highlighted with its Make Universal Credit Work campaign, to listen to the BBC you’d think it had plunged us all into Dickensian poverty.
A number of recent BBC local programmes plucked at the heartstrings with a series of stories about people who were destitute as a result of Universal Credit.
Crocodile tears
Viewers were invited to shed tears over threats of eviction, starvation and penury.
BBC Look North featured the experience of Lisa Dunnington, a mother from York who claimed that she twice almost lost her home because she did not receive enough money from Universal Credit, having previously been debt-free.
BBC York mum Lisa Dunnington said Universal Credit almost made her lose her home as she didn’t have enough cash for rent payments
The reality, however, turned out to be very different.
In an angry challenge to the BBC, the Department of Work and Pensions, headed by Amber Rudd, has highlighted a host of inaccuracies and omissions in these tales of woe about Universal Credit.
Far from acting with cruelty, it later transpired that the Department of Work and Pensions actually stopped her eviction by paying off her rent arrears of £2,000.Blatant imbalance
Similarly Claire Wilkinson, a former NHS worker from Plymouth, told BBC South West that she had only £700-a-month to live on from April to September 2018.
“You can’t go eight months without food,” she moaned.
BBC Claire Wilkinson claimed she only had £700 a month to live on, but the actual amount was found to be much higher
Yet the true level of her monthly payments was far higher, at £1,140.
Disabled widow Hayley Reay from Hartlepool explained to the BBC how badly she had struggled since her husband had died.
But the Department pointed out that she had received a £2,500 bereavement support payment within ten days of his death, plus an extra £100-a-month on top of her Universal Credit, a further one-off lump sum of £984, and a grant from the social fund of £1,600.
GoFundMe Hayley Reay received several one-off payments after her husband passed away
Britain isn’t broken
In a series of other cases, the BBC wilfully ignored the reasons why certain claimants saw cuts in their Universal Credit benefits, such as a failure to disclose changed financial circumstances or a refusal to apply for jobs.
This blatant lack of balance is typical of the BBC.
Eager to demonise the Conservative Government, the Corporation likes to paint a picture of broken, impoverished Britain, ignoring evidence to the contrary, like record low levels of unemployment and rising standards of living.
The political agenda is why the BBC airwaves are filled with the voices of unrepresentative campaigners, pressure group activists and trade union officials who continually shriek about “Tory cuts”, even though public spending is at a record high.
Last month, in yet another feature about alleged underfunding in schools, BBC Radio 4 interviewed Siobhan Lowe, the headteacher of Tolworth Girls’ School in south-west London.
Veteran broadcaster Andrew Marr has suggested there is bias in play at the BBC
In anguished terms, she said that because of financial crisis in education, “I’ve personally cleaned the school, washed the toilets” and “served in the canteen.”
Warming to her theme, she added that “it’s just a phenomenal amount of cuts in schools on an everyday basis,” which means “there will be a generation of children paying the price for austerity.”
But story of hardship was an exercise in deceit.Cleaning up with a £10k pay rise
It subsequently emerged that her supposedly cash-strapped school had enough money to give her a pay rise this year of at least £10,000, taking her salary to between £125,000 and £130,000.
Rather than being cut, the school’s cleaning budget grew by 90 per cent in 2017-18 to £57,000.
Despite a fall in pupil numbers, Ms Lowe’s school has recently taken on extra staff, including nine “administrative and supporters” workers, while it has also benefited from a huge £15million “educational development grant.”
That is the picture throughout the country.
Contrary to all the disinformation from the BBC and the left, education has never been better funded.
Instead of allowing Ms Lowe to promote her dubious accusations about underfunding, the BBC should have done some basic fact checking about her school, just as the Corporation should have investigated the benefit claimants far more thoroughly.
But that would require proper journalism.
What really drives too many staff at the BBC is political activism, with the organisation used as a mouthpiece for the left.
Even veteran broadcaster Andrew Marr once admitted that there is “an innate liberal bias inside the BBC.”
This liberal bias is glaringly obvious on  popular shows.
One recent study found that two-thirds of the 297 panellists appearing on Radio 4’s Any Questions programme between 2016 and 2017 were Remainers.
In pursuit of a political agenda
Comedy is just as bad. Almost every topical show is a monotonous gripe against the Tories.
“Is there anyone the Government doesn’t have contempt for,” except “accountants and rent boys”, ran one so-called joke on the Mash Report.
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“When it comes to comedy, the BBC has long given up on balance,” says the presenter Andrew Neil.
Sadly, the recent Universal Credit and education stories prove this bias extends far beyond sitcoms and stand-up.
The BBC must stop wielding its colossal influence in pursuit of a political agenda – and remember its duties as a public service broadcaster.
Because while accusations of BBC bias are hardly new, with the nation and parliament currently riven with divisions over Brexit, the BBC’s left-wing bias couldn’t come at a more dangerous time.


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