By Paul Homewood
Booker challenges the BBC’s heavily biased anti-fracking stance:
BBC groupthink is undermining its claim to impartial reporting
The BBC has issued formal new guidelines on how it covers “climate change”. Its editorial staff are invited to apply for a training course on how to ensure that any reporting on issues related to climate or energy policy should represent BBC groupthink, with only the most minimal airtime being given to any “deniers” (their word) who dissent from it (and then only if anything they say is immediately challenged).
Apart from a brief, dismissive interview with Cuadrilla’s chief executive, the item was no more than a relentlessly one-sided commercial for the vociferous anti-fracking lobby
Last Sunday’s Countryfile included an item that the BBC would doubtless regard as a model of compliance with its approved line. Over imposing shots of wind turbines, Tom Heap echoed “surprise” that, while “the search for a cleaner, greener energy supply the UK can rely on continues”, the Government should have given Cuadrilla Resources the go-ahead to start fracking in Lancashire for “fossil fuel” shale gas. Apart from a brief, dismissive interview with Cuadrilla’s chief executive, the item was no more than a relentlessly one-sided commercial for the vociferous anti-fracking lobby.
Tom Heap: "surprised" that the Government should have given the go-ahead on fracking Credit: Tom Dulat/BBC
Scarcely a point made was not open to serious factual challenge. But, as usual, amid all the puffs for “clean, green” energy from the wind and the sun, and reminders that it is government policy to phase out fossil fuels, the most important point of all was completely left out. There was no mention of the fact that when, as often happens, the wind drops and there is no sun, only one energy source is capable of providing the instantly available backup needed to keep the electricity grid functioning and Britain’s lights on. That, of course, is natural gas. To conceal this makes nonsense of any pretence that this is the “impartial” reporting to which the BBC is legally committed by its charter.
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September 16, 2018 at 07:33AM